Less money, more politics: School board veterans reflect on changes to Michigan education

Jun 21, 2016


Michigan school boards are facing a shortage of candidates.
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There’s a shortage of candidates for school boards across Michigan. About 1,600 hundred seats will be open in 540 districts in the November elections. In the 2014 elections, approximately 70 seats were left open. Why don’t people want to serve on their local school boards?

Carol Klenow, board member of the Utica Community School Board, and Howard Wallach, board member of the Farmington Public Schools Board, have each served over a decade on Michigan school boards and have seen how Michigan school boards have changed. Now, both have decided not to run for re-election to their respective school boards.


Klenow and Wallach joined us to talk about how Michigan schools have changed.


Carol Klenow has served 23 years on the Utica Community School Board and 21 years as board president.

Howard Wallach has served on the Farmington Public Schools Board since 2004.