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The following is from a very astute and concerned This Just In reader:
Have you ever heard of “Policy Governance?” http://www.carvergovernance.com/model.htm
Debbie Larson, Franklin School Board President and Dr. Patz bring up implementing Policy Governance during the April 6th School Board meeting (http://youtu.be/c-tNNnGvT0k).
When I heard about this, I did a quick internet search and found these articles:
http://tinyurl.com/6fxkpbd - from
http://www.uiowa.edu/~cyberlaw/governance/ - this details the implementation and problems of Policy Governance starting in 1999.
http://www.fwps.org/info/board/governance/ - this is from a
1. The school board “sets the Vision for the District” – AREN’T OUR SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS ALREADY SUPPOSED TO DO THIS?
2. The school board “determines the ENDS they want the schools to achieve” – ISN’T THIS WHAT WE ELECTED THEM TO DO?
3. The school board has 2 major roles: Set Policy and Hire/Review Superintendent Performance meeting those policies – See #1
4. Governance allows delegation to district staff operational details so Board doesn’t get bogged down – See #1 again.
5. What deep rooted problems do we have in
This policy shift is already in use in
I encourage everyone to email their Board Member and tell them that “We the People” do not want them spending tax money on this Policy Governance scheme. Reading the info I found, this is what implementing Policy Governance will bring:
1. School Board members loosing individual voices to speak out on issues (the board must speak with “one voice”).
2. Complaining Citizens have to Petition the school board to get heard then the board votes to determine IF the board will hear the complaint.
3. Policy creation allow School Board members get to abandon their responsibility to act in the public interest as stewards of the school district.
4. School District Superintendent are allowed to usurp responsibility from the school board and assume duties not specifically granted.
5. School District Superintendent acting as some sort of “CEO of the
6. What problems do our schools have that this expense will solve… dropout rates, low ACT scores, lack of championship sports?
The idea of “Policy Governance” is usurping local control and permits the elected the School Board members to give more power to an unelected head (read that as District Superintendent) of the schools. The ugly fact is that this is handing over our school budget to the administrators, plain and simple.
If the District and Board President push for implementing this type of governance – it will require hiring a “Consultant” and “BLITZ Training” plus continuing training which will all come at an expense to the taxpayers. Overall, this will result in less citizen involvement and reduced local control of our schools.
Based on what I’ve found and read, there is simply no need to implement this program, to create a new expense now and not deep underlying problem in
In researching this, I found examples nationwide where districts implemented this program and found themselves in financial troubles or policy trouble which resulted in abandoning this after just one to four years. This is a waste of tax dollars with no real benefit.