Mike Canada

Question:

As a school board member, you will represent the public’s voice in public education. What are some ideas you have to accurately and fairly represent the public when your constituents have conflicting points of view?

Answer:

As a school board member it’s inevitable that I’ll be faced with constituents with differing viewpoints. My aim is quite simple, it’s my responsibility is to represent all voices within the community without bias, help press important items to the board’s attention, ensure transparency under the Brown Act and follow all designated laws and regulations.

The CUSD School Board is a judiciary body. It’s also a collaborative association not only enforcing policy but also, listening to constituents concerns and needs as well as interpreting complex federal and state education laws. It’s not, however, a legislative body, nor should it be.

That being said, school board meetings are great forums to get grassroots initiatives moving. The more voices we hear from within the community, the more we create opportunities to make responsible, learned and meaningful change and advancements. Education is not a one-sided proposition. We need to hear from students, faculty, staff, parents and the community to tell us what they would like to achieve. You can’t rely on the board to change the things you want to be changed if you don’t participate yourself. Or in the words of Abraham Lincoln, “Elections belong to the people. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.”

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