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State Board of Education Endorses New Board of Education Governance Standards

Stacy Bogard

By Stacy Bogard, CAE, MASB Assistant Director of Communications, PR & Marketing

DashBoard, Sept. 13, 2017

MASB Executive Director Don Wotruba presented the Board of Education Governance Standards to the State Board of Education and State Superintendent yesterday in advance of them being released next week. They were endorsed by a 5-0 vote with two abstentions and one SBE member absent.

Wotruba spent 20 minutes providing an overview of the standards and answering board member questions.

“We’re seeing a tipping point related to elected boards of education,” Wotruba noted. “There are numerous critics who say elected boards don’t serve a role anymore and question why they exist. MASB firmly believes when we look across our country that elected boards are actually a successful governance model for moving school districts forward. But we also recognize that we have to take a critical look at how we operate and determine what improvements can be made.”

The BOE Governance Standards were developed earlier this year by board members for board members. A task force worked on a draft over several months. The main question they were looking to address was how boards and board members should conduct themselves in order to act in the best interest of students with the intention of creating a shared framework for effective school district governance.

The draft was shared for general public comment in late May. The task force reviewed the feedback received from that comment period and incorporated a few changes before sending the Standards to the MASB Board of Directors, which approved them in July, followed by a sneak preview given to Summer Leadership Institute attendees last month.

The Standards are not mandatory for a board to adopt, but are being provided as guidelines for holding individual board members and boards as a whole accountable to the role they’ve been elected to hold.

They will be formally launched on Monday, Sept. 18, with a toolkit and other materials available for Michigan public school boards of education. Look for more information in your inbox next week.

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