On Tuesday, June 21, at 10AM in Room A-2 in the State House, the Education Committee will hear testimony on two pieces of legislation related to the membership of the board of education.
Both bills — House 1088 (sponsored by Rep. Walz) and House 1917 (sponsored by Rep. Garballey) — are designed to assure that frontline teachers are represented on the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.
I am a cosponsor of both of these pieces of legislation. My belief is that frontline teachers have invaluable direct experience in classrooms and that their common sense perspective should be better reflected in the education policies of the state. I think that the lack of teacher representation tends to lead to a more ideological approach on issues of student achievement.
You can view the full text of these bills at these links: