As strange as it sounds, school boards are destined by their design to be dysfunctional. It takes hard work to create a board that doesn’t operate in chaos. Why is this so? Why did Mark Twain write that first God made fools for practice and then he made schools boards?
School boards represent the community with its many interests. All of the taxpayers, parents, elected officials, staff, students, civic organizations, local colleges, vendors, media, etc., want a huge variety of things out of the public school system. The community’s direction is not clear and so the board’s direction is not clear […]