I grew up in Chicago, in a home where the city is a large part of all the culture and life. The idea that the board is completely detached from the community is a bit jarring to me. It makes me a little bit worried that if the board of education decided to remove a boardman from their office, they wouldn’t be able to make a decision without having to send a letter to the board of education.
I think people like you and me have a weird view of the school system in Chicago. My dad worked as a teacher (and in a public school) and my mom worked as a teacher. I think most people agree that public schools are a good thing, but it’s also true that we tend to overlook how many people are left out in the system because of it. We are a city of a million people, so we are very interconnected.
This is one of the reasons why I think it’s so important to have more public school teachers in Chicago. Public schools in Chicago are not great. They make us feel guilty about our poverty, and they can be very punitive and often make us feel like we have to do everything the best we can to please the teachers. They also make it incredibly difficult for us to even make friends because our “friends” are the teachers.
But these teachers are not the only ones who need to be more open and welcoming to new students and staff. In this school district where we live, the board of education feels that it needs to be more inclusive. And we believe that if every public school teacher received some sort of financial incentive and the ability to live in a nice apartment and the ability to visit their favorite restaurants, it would change the perception that this school district is bad for its students.
The biggest issue we’ve had in terms of addressing the problem of school board members is that we’re being told that all Board members are adults and have very little authority in the board.
That’s why we’re launching our School Board Transparency Plan. We’re launching it in the hope that when students see their own school board members, they will want to be like them and take action to improve how their school district works. We are also launching a campaign to recruit and train new school board members.
So we have a problem with recruiting and training new school board members. If we’re not able to recruit them, we can’t do anything. We’re not able to train new school board members.
It’s an issue that’s very much like that of the state legislature. When you have a representative from your own district, that representative has the power to make or break your legislative agenda. If new members of your board are not appointed by new members of the district, you can’t really do much about changing the way the district works.
The way a board works is that you can only change what the district is allowed to do. The way a board of education works is that you can say anything you want, and the district will act accordingly. Jersey City is a place where we have more than our fair share of elected school board members. But the reason we do not have enough new board members is because our district is not run in a way that is suitable to our needs.
So I am not a board member, but a person who is a member of a board. The district is run in a way that is suitable to my needs, but the way it is run doesn’t meet my needs. If I wanted to change the way the district is run I would be able to do it, but I cannot seem to get a board of education to do anything other than what it is already allowed to do.