Who Controls School Boards?

As the name implies, the public! All of us have a stake in our public education systems, regardless of whether or not we have children currently in them. That’s why localities do their part by selecting a school board made up of local residents. Some boards are elected, others appointed. Boards also vary in size, but they typically have anywhere from three to seven members.
School boards exercise local control over education—and more than that, they articulate and pursue a community’s hopes for its young people. All school boards share a common purpose: to establish a vision for the community’s schools that reflects the needs of the students, the wishes of the voters, and the consensus of the community—and to work with the superintendent to make that vision a reality.

School Boards

  • Set the Vision
  • Advance Policy
  • Demonstrate Accountability
  • Lead the Community

Action Steps

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