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Public oversight of local government is the foundation of American democracy. Nowhere is this more evident than in our public schools, where local boards of education are entrusted by their diverse communities to uphold the Constitution, protect the public interest in schools and ensure that a high quality education is provided to each student. To maximize the public's confidence in local government, local boards of education must govern responsibly and effectively. CSBA Professional Governance Standards are designed to enhance the public's understanding about the critical responsibilities of local boards and to support boards in their efforts to govern effectively.

Adopting the standards sends a strong signal to everyone in the community that the governing board understands its critical role and is dedicated to carrying out its jobs and focusing on learning and achievement for all students. The standards also provide a framework for board members and the superintendent to work effectively as a governance team.

To adopt the standards, boards pass a resolution. Many boards also incorporate the standards directly into the board bylaws. Once adopted, the standards are communicated to the school community and public-at-large.  

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