Subject: Please vote YES on HB 228
Date: Thu Mar 06 20:53:41 MST 2014
There are concerns that passing this bill would lead to partisan control.  However, the current system favors a couple groups- the UEA and PTA, who already wield considerable power.  Allowing the candidates for the school board to be vetted through our caucus system could help restore control to the most local of vested interests:  the parents and family.  Please pass HB 228 and help restore a proper balance of power.

One of the most frequent complaints I hear from teachers and administrators is that the parents are not involved enough, not interested enough, not engaged enough, in their children's education.  This is one of the reasons: we have been pushed out in many ways, relegated to the position of at-home-officer to be sure the kids do the assignments that the teacher, the district, and the state decide.

Thomas Jefferson, when promoting the idea of public schools, made it clear who should have the most say over what happened within that education:  

"if it is believed that these elementary schools will be better managed by the governor and council, the commissioners of the literary fund, or any other general authority of the government, than by the parents within each ward, it is a belief against all experience. Try the principle one step further, and amend the bill so as to commit to the governor and council the management of all our farms, our mills, and merchants' stores. No, my friend, the way to have good and safe government, is not to trust it all to one, but to divide it among the many, distributing to every one exactly the functions he is competent to.
Let the national government be entrusted with the defense of the nation, and its foreign and federal relations;
the State governments with the civil rights, laws, police, and administration of what concerns the State generally;the counties with the local concerns of the counties,
and each ward [size of an elementary school boundary] direct the interests within itself.

It is by dividing and subdividing these republics from the great national one down through all its subordinations, until it ends in the administration of every man's farm by himself; by placing under every one what his own eye may superintend, that all will be done for the best. What has destroyed liberty and the rights of man in every government which has ever existed under the sun? The generalizing and concentrating all cares and powers into one body"

-Letter to Joseph C. Cabell, 1816