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Elected school board members deserve far more public respect, but can be their own worst enemies. Fighting to promote public engagement and strengthen public accountability at the school-community level is what really matters, not the shape or form of public education governance.
The 2014 Good Governance: A Guide for Trustees, School Boards, Directors of Education and Communities document is now available in print and has been distributed directly to school boards as a resource for trustees and boards as the 2014 to 2018 term of office gets underway.
The Canadian School Boards Association is pleased to see the results of the study “School Boards Matter: A Pan-Canadian study of school district governance” by Bruce Sheppard, Gerald Galway, Jean Brown and John Wiens.
School boards are groups of elected (with exceptions) members of a community to whom the provinces have delegated authority over some aspects of education. There were about 800 school boards in Canada in the early 1990s.