From the Oregonian article “President-elect of Oregon School Board Association resigns, rips group as lacking vision, urgency, relevance“” by Betsy Hammond (here):
Bobbie Regan, a longtime Portland school board member who had been elected to become president of the Oregon School Boards Association in January, publicly blasted the association Monday as lacking vision, relevance and urgency when it comes to student achievement.
Regan, who has played leadership roles with the statewide association for four years until she resigned as president-elect this month, said she worked hard to make constructive change from within, but that the group still fails to show leadership on education issues.
“As school boards face heart-wrenching decisions on whether to cut PE or music, raise class sizes or eliminate school days, OSBA appears out of touch and even a bit irrelevant."
Regan said the school boards group provides excellent technical help to small school districts, including legal advice, help negotiating contracts and assistance writing policies.
But she said the group's large staff and budget would allow it to weigh in proactively on education and achievement issues of importance to Oregon school districts -- but it doesn't.
"My strongest hope is that OSBA will view my departure -- and the subsequent resignation of the vice president who was a passionate and outspoken voice for rural Oregon -- as a wake up call. School boards across Oregon need and deserve a strong and visionary and can-do state association."
From my perspective, the OSBA has not supported more Mandarin immersion programs, nor the Go Global High School Study Abroad Program, nor expanded online education programs. So, OSBA is part of the problem.
Three cheers for Bobbie Regan!