(Ditto for your school’s SBDM members)
In a huge, multi-page article the Kentucky Enquirer reported yesterday about the difficulty that parents in Northern Kentucky and Southwest Ohio encounter when they try to contact their local school board members.
Phyllis Sparks, a Boone County parent, made the general case:
“Boards are always crying out loud that they want parent involvement, but it seems as if they go out of their way to put up roadblocks.”
Roadblocks there are.
Some of the Enquirer’s statistics on how boards lack transparency are really disappointing:
• 21% of the region’s school board web sites don’t list upcoming meeting dates
• 52% of those board web sites don’t have phone numbers for all board members
• 25% don’t list all members’ e-mail addresses
• 11% of the boards broadcast meetings on local cable TV
• 0 – The number of the region’s 317 board members who list Facebook or Twitter contact information
• 3 minutes – Usual time limit imposed on members of the public who wish to speak at a local board of education meeting
And, the Enquirer finds that unacceptable, in no small part because of this statistic:
• $2 billion – Total amount of taxpayer money local school boards in the greater Cincinnati area administer!