2002-02-09 / Letters

School Boards Are Needed

School Boards Are Needed

Dear Editor,

Community School Boards were created in 1969 to decentralize the city's education system in order to provide a crucial link between parents and the central administration.

They help increase local involvement by scattering control throughout the 32 citywide districts.

Abolishing school boards would get rid of a very important aspect our children's education and the system itself.

We should have continued decentralization, as these boards provide a system of "checks" and balances, and a division of responsibility. Boards help individuals "trapped in the educational morass" with nowhere else to turn, and act as ombudsman in the school community.

To get more votes cast in future community school board elections and to help save $10 million, these elections should be held during the general elections in November.

FRANK GIORDANO


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