Q-C Times: Respect Local School Boards

There was an interesting editorial in the Sunday edition of the Quad City Times.  They called on Governor Branstad and the state legislature to “respect local school boards.”  They write:

The governor’s funding recommendation seems in line with Iowa’s education trend. Iowa public education is more centralized now. The common core curriculum standardized course offerings and reduced local school board influence on classroom work. Branstad’s Department of Education took online education innovation away from school districts. Then the legislature capped the number of Iowa students who can seek online-only diplomas.

We’re torn. We appreciate the efficiencies and high standards inherent in Iowa’s more centralized public education. But we fear this trend might inhibit local innovation and reduce the impact of local school boards.


About Shane Vander Hart

Shane Vander Hart founded Iowans for Local Control in 2012 which later merged with Iowa RestorEd. Shane also is the founder and editor-in-chief of Caffeinated Thoughts and the founder and president of 4:15 Communications, LLC, a social media & communications consulting/management firm.  You can connect with Shane on Facebook or follow him on Twitter and Google +.

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