Homeschool Mom Elected to Public School Board

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  1. JenniferErix

    JenniferErix New Member

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    Found this interesting, thought I would share...

    http://www.aikenstandard.com

    Associated Press
    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A mother who backs conservative education policies and home-schools her four daughters on Wednesday was elected head of the board that oversees South Carolina's public schools.
    Kristin Maguire, 39, of Clemson, was voted chairwoman-elect of the State Board of Education, which means she is slated to become chairwoman in 2009.


    It is a long article, if you want to read it.....
     
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  3. jacqlyn00

    jacqlyn00 New Member

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    Thats amazing they elected her! Awesome
     
  4. JenniferErix

    JenniferErix New Member

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    Yea, I wasn't sure what to make of it. I didn't even know a homeschooling parent, with no children currently in the public school system could be a board member. But my information about school boards is practically non-existant.
    Oh, well. Just thought it was a neat news story.
     
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    jacqlyn00 New Member

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    We live in a small town and my dh was interested in running 2 yrs back. I might ask him again if something he's interested in. My dh is very active in our community so he might be a tad too busy for the school board right now.
    Anyways....I think its great to have a homeschool parent on the board.
     
  6. Jackie

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    I think it depends on the board. I mean, most of our board sends their kids to a private school, our mayor sends his kids to Catholic schools, people without kids can run, so why not?
     
  7. Emma's#1fan

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    Being a homeschool mom, perhaps she will bring some new ideas to the table and shed a new light on homeschooling to those who do not understand it.
    Patty
     
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    I guess I have mixed feelings about this. I mean, on one hand, I think it's awesome and agree with the idea that maybe she'll bring new ideas to the table. On the other hand, I think school boards should only be populated by people who are directly affected by their own decisions: parents who have children in public school. It's easy to dole out edicts and bylaws to the schools when your own child is unaffected.

    Like I said... mixed feelings. I'm not really for it, and I'm not really against it.
     
  9. Mark

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    If you pay taxes, you're affected by the government's schools. So all HS'ers should stay involved.
     
  10. Emma's#1fan

    Emma's#1fan Active Member

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    Wow! Great observation!
    I never would have never seen it in that light.
    Patty
     
  11. Jackie

    Jackie Active Member

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    Do homeschoolers care about their community at large? I think all of us would answer that YES. We don't live isolated from the rest of the world. The conditions of our schools influences our world.

    (BTW, welcome Mark!)
     
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    I agree bring a homeschool mama on
     
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    That's why I love this place because someone will always bring up points that I never would have thought of.
     

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