Members of the Colorado State Board of Education are charged by the Colorado Constitution with the general supervision of the public schools. Since the state has assumed a large portion of the fiscal responsibility for new school construction, the capital requests must be submitted to the State Interagency Committee and must be approved by the State Board of Public Works. Education is controlled on a state level, which immediately eliminates the worry of having to combat federal bureaucracy to get the problem solved. The Board of School Estimate holds additional public hearings on the budget, and final approval is usually given in early April. A full list of the duties of the Board of Education is set forth in our By-Laws.
Among our primary duties are the identification of educational goals to be met by the school District; the consideration and approval of an annual budget for submission to the Board of Selectman, the Board of Finance and the Town Council; the selection of a Superintendent, who serves as the executive officer of the Board; and the employment of principals, teachers and other school employees.
Teachers who receive jobs through nepotism are weak union members unwilling to fight for their jobs and afraid to anger the relatives that provided them with the jobs in the first place. Board members are paid $30 for each of the 21 regularly scheduled board meetings they attend. Today’s State Board of Education is composed of seven elected officials representing Colorado’s congressional districts. The Board may also meet privately in closed session to discuss confidential matters such as personnel, labor negotiations, or legal issues.
We believe that all parents must be empowered to play an active role in their students’ education. The board agenda allows for public comments on items on the agenda and items not on the agenda. The State Board adopts the administrative code, which sets the rules needed to implement state education law. Summit Board of Education meetings are an ideal opportunity for the public to see its Board at work, discussing issues, and making decisions that set the course for the Summit Public Schools. The Board of Education’s Finance Committee meets quarterly and the board’s Property Committee meets as needed.
The State Board conducts public meetings in Trenton on the first Wednesday of each month. The mission of the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners is to establish and enforce rigorous standards for Iowa educational practitioners to effectively address the needs of students. Minutes of Board meetings are available to the public for download, copying, or inspection eight business days after a meeting. Once again, Thurgood Marshall and the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund handled these cases. The State Board Office publishes an agenda at /education/sboe/meetings/agenda.shtml in advance of each meeting to notify the public of the items that the State Board will be considering.