Educators Concerned About School Board Bill

Local educators are concerned about a bill being considered by the Indiana State Senate requiring local school board nominees to declare a party affiliation.

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Several area educators say the bill may prioritize party politics over student achievement.

Local educators are voicing concerns over a bill being considered by the Indiana State Senate which would require local school board nominees to declare a party affiliation.  Superintendent of Spencer-Owen Community Schools Greg Linton, says politics should not play an important role for people who want to run for a position at a local level.

“Typically the reason individuals at a local level want to run for board is for local issues and not necessarily related to political affiliation,” said Linton.

Superintendent of Schools in Brown County David Shaffer says this may cause nominees to run in the interest of their political party rather than for the students.

“The reason that I feel this way is because it seems to me school board candidates run with issues that directly affect the boys and girls of our communities and it seems to me that the motivational factor there is what is in the interest of those children. I think sometimes the inclinations of political parties tend to follow an agenda rather than that very specific agenda which relates to school issues,” Shaffer said.

Senate bill 0326 is currently being considered in committee. If passed, the bill will take effect during the primary election in 2012.

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