Recent events have occurred in different parts of our state regarding the concepts of Critical Race Theory and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Governor Kemp and Attorney General Carr have also released statements on their thoughts and opinions on these topics which has brought them to the forefront for all districts. As the discussions and debate continues to surface, we at GSBA encourage governance teams to ensure you fully understand these concepts. If the conversation is raised or has been raised in your community, your role as a governance team member is critical. You will be looked to, as the chief advocate for your system’s public education system, to lead and maintain focus on the vision, mission, beliefs, and values you have established for the students you serve.
Similarly, at GSBA we rely heavily on our long-standing vision, mission and beliefs and understand that these fundamentals will guide us as an association in support of your work. It is important that as a governance team, you are guided by your own fundamentals and make decisions based on what is best for your students. GSBA maintains the student data for your district is the most valuable resource to guide governance teams in doing what is right for your kids. To that end, all decisions should rely heavily on what your student data tells you to form the best plan to create successful children and bright futures.
Below are GSBA’s Vision, Mission and Beliefs for your information:
GSBA Vision, Mission & Beliefs
Vision … what we want to achieve or accomplish in the future
Public education in Georgia will provide all children an equitable and excellent education that prepares them for college, career, and life.
Mission … why we exist
The mission of the Georgia School Boards Association is to ensure excellence in the governance of local school systems by providing leadership, advocacy and services, and by representing the collective resolve of Georgia’s elected boards of education.
Beliefs … our fundamental convictions, values, and character
- Every human life has value
- The family is the most important influence in the development of a person
- Society has a duty to care for all children
- An educated population is fundamental to the success of our society
- Effective public education is the cornerstone of an educated population
- The sharing of ideas and principles leads to collective wisdom
- Trust is vital for effective leadership
- In unity there is strength
- Learning is a life-long process
- Wise decisions are based on ethical principles
As your association please do not hesitate to contact us if we may be of assistance.