“This is about local board governance excellence,” said Wanda Barrs, chairwoman of the state school board. “The code of ethics reminds us that were are representing students, teachers, school leaders and our communities, and the integrity of that work is crucial.”
State leaders say this is not an assault on local boards -- they view it as a chance for board members to improve at governing. The state is developing a curriculum based on the new rules that can be used for new board members, who are required by law to get 12 hours of training once they're elected.
State school Superintendent Brad Bryant said he believes there is a connection between high-functioning boards and student achievement.
"It is a call for all school boards to be student-centered and relentless in their pursuit for better expectations for students," he said.