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DashBoard, July 19, 2017

While many of us who serve on a local school board continue to find the overall experience rewarding and worthwhile, long-standing school board members have probably noticed that it is becoming increasingly harder to entice qualified and dedicated individuals to run for open positions. The time commitment, along with the current political climate, has combined to make serving on a school board feel like an increasingly thankless job.

On Friday, Gov. Rick Snyder signed the School Aid budget, House Bill 4313, into law at the Kent Intermediate School District Career Tech Center. In doing so, Gov. Snyder used his line-item veto authority to strike a total of almost $1.4 million in funding from the $16.6 billion budget.

Vouchers expanding; charters being funded at a higher level than public schools and outside influence in school board elections; school boards becoming partisan and lack of civility/respect for process—these issues and more currently are being faced in Florida, Texas and Minnesota, respectively. A few members of MASB’s Communications team recently had an opportunity to meet with their counterparts from other school board associations around the country for professional development and idea sharing where we learned about these issues and more.