The Council for A Better Louisiana (CABL), after passing a major piece of school board reform legislation this year, is taking its fight to the next level by focusing on school board elections across the state this fall. All Louisiana school board members outside Orleans Parish are up for election on Oct. 2, and CABL has added a new section to its website (www.cabl.org) to educate voters about the proper role of school board members, what to look for in a school board member, suggested questions to ask candidates for school board and more. The site also contains information about how each school district is performing compared to other districts in Louisiana.
"School boards are incredibly important elected bodies that play a major role in the education our children receive while spending millions of public dollars," CABL president Barry Erwin says. "Being a school board member is a big job and electing school board members is something voters should take seriously."
During the 2010 legislative session, CABL helped pass Act 720, which was designed to reduce "inappropriate interference" in personnel decisions by school board members. "Our school board elections initiative is an outgrowth of that effort," Erwin says. "We want voters to be able to make informed decisions on Election Day, knowing important information about the role of an effective school board, their local school district's performance, and where their school board candidates stand on improving education for all children." — Clancy DuBos