This website provides summaries of school board meetings and school corporation documents in an effort to have a more informed community and reduce regulatory capture.
What is regulatory capture? It is common for elected school boards to favor the priorities of school administrators and teachers union leaders at the expense of the desires of students, parents, teachers, and other community members. Through effective public relations, the control of information, and heavy involvement in election politics, teachers union leaders work with school administrators to select school board members who see things their way. This is known as Regulatory Capture and it is pervasive in the United States.
Who does the school board represent?
As a community, do we want our school board to represent school administrators and teachers union leaders or do we want a school board that represents the community? The public interest often coincides with the interest of union leaders and administrators. However, sometimes the best policy for the community is not the best policy for school administrators. Sometimes the best policy for students, parents, and teachers is not the best policy for union leaders. If we want our schools to improve, we need the school board to represent the community. That will only happen if we are informed, speak up, and stay involved.