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Friday, 10 September 2010
September 10--The State Board of Education (SBOE) has adopted
Local School Board Governance Standards and a Model Ethics Policy that
includes conflicts of interest for local school boards. This action was
prompted by the passage of Senate Bill 84, which Governor Sonny Perdue
signed into law this past May.  Georgia is the only state in the country
to have adopted Local School Board Governance Standards and a Model Ethics
Policy.

"I am so proud of the action our State Board of Education took today by
passing the Local School Board Governance Standards and Model Ethics
Policy," said State Board of Education Chair Wanda Barrs. "The State Board
of Education and I firmly believe that educational governing bodies,
including the State Board itself, must meet high standards and serve
within the context of a strong system of accountability."

The SBOE remains committed to accountability at each level of the K-12
system of public education. This initiative will provide standards for
continuous professional development for public servants to model effective
school board governance within their communities, thus strengthening and
undergirding local control of school systems.

?The standards and model ethics policy the State Board passed today will
hold local school governance teams accountable and help guide their work
to create the best possible learning environment for students," said State
School Superintendent Brad Bryant. "I believe this action will help
transform local boards of education in ways that will have a very positive
effect on student achievement."

The State Board of Education today also initiated the process to create a
Local School Board Governance rule.  The rule will include items such as:
- eligibility for office
- size of local boards
- per diem allowances and expenses for local board members
- identification of the fundamental role of the board and local
superintendents
- establishment of a code of ethics
- identification of conflicts of interest
- possibility of suspension and replacement if a local school district
loses accreditation due to board action
- revisions to employment eligibility requirements for local school
superintendents and revisions to training standards for members of local
boards of education

The SBOE is scheduled to vote on the Local School Board Governance rule at
their October meeting.
 
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