View Full Version : Homeschool Mom Elected to Public School Board
12-16-2007, 11:39 PM
Found this interesting, thought I would share...
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.....
12-16-2007, 11:54 PM
Thats amazing they elected her! Awesome
12-16-2007, 11:58 PM
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.
12-17-2007, 12:00 AM
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.
12-17-2007, 07:42 AM
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?
12-17-2007, 10:04 AM
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.
12-17-2007, 10:19 AM
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.
If you pay taxes, you're affected by the government's schools. So all HS'ers should stay involved.
12-17-2007, 11:18 AM
Wow! Great observation!
I never would have never seen it in that light.
12-17-2007, 12:29 PM
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!)
12-17-2007, 01:51 PM
I agree bring a homeschool mama on
12-17-2007, 02:32 PM
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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