Point/Counterpoint - Elected vs. Appointed Boards

Originally published in MASB's LeaderBoard magazine (pg. 10-11)

PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICTS HAVE BEEN ELECTING BOARD OF EDUCATION MEMBERS FOR CENTURIES, YET CHARTER SCHOOLS, SOME AUTHORIZED BY PUBLIC DISTRICTS, AND OTHER ENTITIES OFTEN APPOINT THEIR BOARD MEMBERS.  

WHAT IS THE MORE EFFECTIVE FORM OF GOVERNANCE? SHOULD ALL PUBLIC SCHOOLS CONSIDER APPOINTING BOARD MEMBERS RATHER THAN ELECTING THEM? POINT/COUNTERPOINT OFFERS TWO DIFFERENT VIEWPOINTS AND LETS YOU DECIDE.

(The views in Point/Counterpoint are those of the participants and do not necessarily reflect the views of MASB.)


The People Deserve a Voice in Their Local School District

By Kathy Hayes

Most Americans place a high value on the basic principles on which our democratic society is based… “of the people, by the people and for the people...” Yet, when it comes to local school boards, some people believe that these principles should not apply. Democracy is the governing principle of our culture and has served us well for more than 200 years. It can be messy and yield unpredictable results, but generally speaking, the more democracy, the better. If we don’t like the results of decisions made by elected school boards, we should pay more attention to making them work, not abandon them.

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Appointed Boards Ensure We Have the Right People in Place

By Cindy Schumacher

The board members who serve Michigan’s public schools share many things in common. Whether elected or appointed, they are public officials, trustees of our children’s futures and united by the belief that a high-quality education should be accessible to all. But unlike traditional public schools, Michigan’s charter schools are organized under nonprofit school boards appointed by authorizers like Central Michigan University, the entities with the authority to approve new charter schools. We believe that this structure of governance provides a number of very important advantages.

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