Core Values

These are the values the American Coalition of School Board Members (ACSBM) holds most dear:

Fiscally Responsible
ACSBM  prioritizes the interests of students, parents, and taxpayers and pursues common-sense school finance reform to eliminate wasteful spending and advocate for a larger share of education expenditures to be directed into the classroom. We provide educational opportunities to School Board Members and model policies around best fiscal practices. 

Champion for Parents’ Rights
ACSBM works to empower parents to make informed decisions about where their children will attend schools, and strongly supports the expansion of school choice initiatives, including tax credit scholarships, McKay & Gardiner Scholarships for Students with Disabilities (FL), schools of choice, universal public choice, and education savings accounts.

Student & Community Focused 
ACSBM affirms the importance of LOCAL CONTROL, Home Rule, by accountable, elected school boards. We will work to reduce the ever increasing, unconstitutional federal interventions in local educational policy (including national, one-size-fits-all curriculum, school lunch mandates, special education requirements, federal involvement in school discipline, etc.)

Balance of Accountability & Reasonableness in Assessments
ACSBM believes in local control of education decisions with reasonable state oversight and accountability. Assessments should be evidence-based, occasional, and beneficial to students, not used to punish them. Accountability encourages excellence, but should not be so high stakes as to encourage "teaching to the test". Classroom learning time must be regarded as precious, and the time and resources sacrificed for testing must be carefully and transparently considered. 

Making Solution-Oriented Partnerships
ACSBM will partner with and work alongside of local and statewide grassroots groups, to be the bridge for constituents to have better accessibility to policymakers. ACSBM will provide a network of school board members across the United States of America to share best practices and work alongside legislators to improve America’s education system one district at a time.

 

If you are an elected or appointed school board member or Board of Education Member and agree with these core values, consider Joining or attending a webinar or our national conference this November in Washington D.C. 

Questions or Media Requests: Shawn Frost (850) 270-6327 or via email