Thursday, January 6, 2011

School Districts Influenced By National Groups

School policies are made by school boards. School boards even in small towns are influenced by the National School Board Association. Jim was asked several times to join the National School Board Association and to go to State School Board Association Training, he declined. Local control is a myth. See below the email from the National School Board Association to Jim.

You really should be visit the National School Board Association's website to see the agenda they are promoting, their agenda is not that far off from the NEA's and AFT's agenda.

Spelling errors, grammar errors, misuse of homonyms and typos are left as an exercise for my readers.

Ten New Year’s Resolutions for
School Board Members

10. Get in shape by developing an obesity action plan for your district. Studies have shown that healthy children have less absenteeism, concentrate better, and perform better on tests. Make sure your policies and practices support healthy options and physical activity for all students.

9. Get organized by reviewing your district policies. The New Year is a great time to make sure your policies are current, especially those on hot topics like bullying, which will be a focus for the Department of Education in 2011. You can turn to your state school boards association for policy guidance and support should your district need assistance.

8. Learn something new, like how technology can improve student and community engagement. Professional development opportunities, conferences, and webinars offered by your state association, the National School Boards Association, and NSBA’s National Affiliate program can show you how.

7. Identify additional funding sources. With today’s tight budgets, every dollar counts. Take advantage of grant services like GrantsQuest, free to NSBA National Affiliates, to discover funding opportunities for your district and get grant writing tips.

6. Save money on district purchases. Buying cooperatives can save your district time and money by streamlining the procurement process and negotiating volume discounts for participants. Many are free to join and give rebates based on purchases. If your state association does not offer one, consider a national program like the BuyBoard Cooperative Program.

5. Improve your relationship with your school board team. Start the year off right by clarifying roles and responsibilities for every member of your team. The Key Work of School Boards guidebook and training programs, offered by your state association and NSBA, provide tips for developing a good working relationship.

4. Discover best practices in school governance. Your state school boards association’s publications and NSBA’s American School Board Journal , included in NSBA’s National Affiliate benefits package, highlight success stories from public schools which may be applicable to your district.

3. Connect with school board colleagues from across your state and the nation. Conferences and social networks offered by your state association and NSBA provide great opportunities to learn how your colleagues are coping with the challenges of public education today.

2. Become a champion for local school board governance. With the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act on the horizon, now is the time for you to speak up for local school board governance. Add your voice to your state school boards association’s and NSBA’s National Affiliate districts who are calling for the end of unfunded federal mandates and the return of local control.

1. Join NSBA’s National Affiliate Program. Working with and through your state school boards association, NSBA’s National Affiliate program advocates for increased federal funding and local school board governance, provides resources and information, and offers professional development opportunities to help your district succeed. A complete list of benefits is available at Enroll your district in the National Affiliate program today and make 2011 the best year ever.

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