Obviously you can watch the video in full. But here's?one overview/summary that was written about the event. NSBA has posted a write-up about it, too.?And below we've pulled together a few highlights of our own as well?. thanks to Fordham's Daniela Fairchild, who tweeted the entire event. (paraphrased)
Anne Bryant: School boards are the connection to the community. ? Not all school boards are perfect. Nothing is perfect. Checker Finn isn't perfect. (laughter erupts) ...School boards are transparent and accountable to public and members want reform.
Gene Maeroff: School board members are asked to do too much. Determining curricula, teacher hirings, etc. shouldn't be their jobs. ...I'm making the case for a new model of boards with a narrower purview of responsibilities.
Christopher Barclay: School-board members have one big job -- keep the admin & community focused on goal of education. ? Why did I join a school board? Because someone needs to fight for students without a voice.
Chester Finn, Jr.: Big issues with education-governance -- boards not responsible to mayor/gov/etc., too many levels of decision-making. ? Layer cake of governance gives each level a functional veto over reforms of other levels.