Tag: Citizens

Does Local Governance Matter?

Does Local Governance Matter?

Sometimes it's the things that are closest to us that we take for granted and notice the least. When it comes to governance and politics it’s often the big “newsy” stories that catch our attention, such as the approaching American election, the Brexit decision, or the Royal Visit, – big stories, big headlines, famous people. … Continue reading Does Local Governance Matter?

Democracy Rules – Part Two of Can’t We All Just Get Along? – Truths and recommendations re intra-board relations

Democracy Rules – Part Two of Can’t We All Just Get Along? – Truths and recommendations re intra-board relations

Although self-evident it is worth repeating – the reason we have publicly elected school boards is to provide the public with a voice in one of society’s most important “public goods” - education. By exercising this right we select individuals from our local communities to represent our interests in public education. To be clear, this is … Continue reading Democracy Rules – Part Two of Can’t We All Just Get Along? – Truths and recommendations re intra-board relations

Citizens are Created in Public Schools

Citizens are Created in Public Schools

Guest post by Dr. Lee Southern who served as the Executive Director of the BC School Trustees Association from 1995 to 2008. Recently I had the opportunity to visit the annual Academy of the British Columbia School Trustees Association (BCSTA). The Academy is a gathering of the most important leaders in public education; locally elected … Continue reading Citizens are Created in Public Schools