The Illusion of Local Control

The Education Activist

It started out as a typical Monday night–South Brunswick Board of Education had their regularly scheduled meeting in progress, discussing updates on district goals that were outlined at the beginning of the school year. There was only one problem: this presentation was nowhere to be found on the agenda. Therefore, no one in the public knew this presentation, looking at issues like mental/physical safety, community engagement (which is laughable after what happens), and new information on reading programs and teacher training was even happening.

I have been attending board meetings every other week for almost two years, so I am not new to the board members, nor are they new to me. One of the main issues that has persisted for this span of two year is communication (or lack thereof, really). It is extremely difficult to communicate with the board. It took a year of asking to get them…

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