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(Arizona Star)   Student runs for school board. Your kid wants a voice in school politics   (dailystar.com) divider line 50
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2004-08-06 12:25:29 PM  
Michael Moore did that, too. And won.
 
2004-08-06 01:07:15 PM  
And why not?

In a Representative Democracy, if there's no-one in office who represents your age group, you're farked.

I say good for him...
 
2004-08-06 03:35:09 PM  

"Student runs for school board. "


How hard did he bang his head ?

 
2004-08-06 03:35:22 PM  
Our school board had 2 student reps. Whether or not they had a voice was questionable - I'm assuming they were strong-armed into doing what was best for the admin and not for the students.

Bloody Catholic schools. I can't imagine why people would pay to do that to their kids in other countries.
 
2004-08-06 03:35:37 PM  
Good for him
 
2004-08-06 03:36:14 PM  
In other news, 40 year old virgin runs for Homecoming King.
 
2004-08-06 03:37:42 PM  
Did anyone else think the button said "Ass Starnet"?
 
2004-08-06 03:37:47 PM  
What the hell does this have to do with Rick James?
 
2004-08-06 03:40:03 PM  
Just like Michael Moore. But it was evil when he did it.
 
2004-08-06 03:40:25 PM  
I hope this kid wins, my mom is President of the school board in the district where I went to HS. I always wanted to run, hoping to get elected when people just saw the last name and assumed they were voting for her.
 
2004-08-06 03:41:49 PM  
I know Michael Moore claims to have done this, but does anyone know if there is anything to prove this?

Before anyone yells at me, I'm not assuming Moore is lying about this, but I've only ever seen this story in Moore's book. I'm just curious if there's some record of it elsewhere.
 
2004-08-06 03:42:14 PM  
Power is an aphrodisiac. This dude is gonna score with all the hottest biatches if he wins.
 
2004-08-06 03:44:38 PM  
Repeat from 30 years ago.

/2 Rick James obituaries next to each other...wtf???
 
2004-08-06 03:46:17 PM  
What exactly is his platform? "Building communities within schools"? I thought the schools already had communities in the form of cliques. Fark this guy; he's useless.
 
2004-08-06 03:48:20 PM  
Did anyone read this as "Student runs for school BROAD ?

/Sheesh !
 
2004-08-06 03:49:42 PM  
prog cat, what are the platforms of his competitors?

likely just as blase.

the school board doesnt have to deal with eapons inspections or nonproliferation or famine. Its a damn school board, they just need to run the school nicely. I really like the idea, and hte kid sounds pretty legit. Aschool runs the kids like a dictatorship, and this makes a lot of sense towards keeping everyone reasonable.
 
2004-08-06 03:49:48 PM  
He can always get the Cheerleader squad to paint some posters for him. The hard part is for them to think up rhyming slogans.
 
2004-08-06 03:50:57 PM  
Invader Norbert-

First was a rumor, the next was OK, it's offical.
 
2004-08-06 03:55:26 PM  
He started researching what public offices he could hold at age 18 and came up with two: the TUSD school board or justice of the peace.

School board?!? No way... I would much rather be Justice of the Peace. Then I could go around randomly marrying people. "You two look like you hate each other...by the power vested in me, I now pronounce you man and wife! HAHAHA!! Now you're married!!"

That would be fun.
 
2004-08-06 03:57:13 PM  
I'm edjumicated, biatch!
 
2004-08-06 03:57:42 PM  
Arcanum:

> A school runs the kids like a dictatorship, and this makes a
> lot of sense towards keeping everyone reasonable.

Exactly. Public schools are farking prisons. But does this kid say, "I understand the parents' concerns about safety in schools, but I think it's necessary to find away to make the schools safe without trampling the rights of those who must attend them"? That's something I'd expect to hear from a kid with a 4.0 GPA. That's the kind of shiat I'd have said, and I slacked off all through school and came out with a 3.5GPA.

But does this kid say that? No! He comes up with this trite pablum about "building communities in schools". He's ignoring real issues -- just like all the other politicians. To the void with him.
 
2004-08-06 03:58:19 PM  
Next event: Roller-bladign around the Staple Center roof ledge.

Me first! Me first!!
 
2004-08-06 03:59:03 PM  
Darwin just shakes his head.
 
2004-08-06 03:59:39 PM  
Michael Moore approves.

 
2004-08-06 04:00:28 PM  
Anyone notice the kid's Birthday is September 11? That's kinda rough....
 
2004-08-06 04:07:21 PM  
Why the hell not, he can't possibly do worse than most school board members these days.
 
2004-08-06 04:16:06 PM  
There should be at least one student on every school board, preferably one with big cojones that isn't afraid to stand up to the "adults".

Good for him...
 
BHK
2004-08-06 04:21:15 PM  
"Devin Mauney, a University High School student"

I'm confused, which is it? University or High School???
 
2004-08-06 04:22:26 PM  
Juansmith

I read about it in Time Magazine during their blowjob-equivilant article of Michael Moore. So I guess that would be more concrete proof.
 
2004-08-06 04:41:50 PM  
Here in Peoria, Illinois School Dist 150, we have a young school board president who made headlines like "19 year old unseats school board president." He's been on the school board while also currently running for State Representative, now 22 years old.

http://www.buscout.com/ver5/newsarticle.php?ID=312&date=2004-03-05
 
2004-08-06 04:42:57 PM  
Sounds like one of those creepy Student Council Kids. The ones who dress like they're 45-year old politicians and bring brief cases to school.

I do admire him for having his shi//t together though. I was chasing boys and drinking booze out of water bottles at his age.
 
2004-08-06 04:57:25 PM  
Go Go Michael Moore!
 
2004-08-06 04:58:24 PM  
Juansmith

my dad was a teacher in the davison schools as well as michael moore's scoutmaster, and in the past i have confirmed the school board story with him.
 
2004-08-06 05:14:17 PM  
Michael Moore did that!
But he did it because he hates children and all things American. And all the free food in the cafeteria.
 
2004-08-06 05:22:24 PM  
With each week, the submitted stories accepted here on Fark are getting lamer and lamer.
 
2004-08-06 05:37:59 PM  
This is so-o 197-something. An episode of "Room 222" had a kid run for school board right after the voting age was lowered to 18, and he won.

Umm...not that I'm old enough to remember that or anything...
 
2004-08-06 05:43:48 PM  
A school runs the kids like a dictatorship, and this makes a lot of sense towards keeping everyone reasonable.

Schools should be all about the dictatorship. To dictate is to say aloud that which should be copied or written down. It's foolish to think that students should have their own opinions until they have taken the trouble to learn subject and the standards.
 
2004-08-06 06:02:05 PM  
Uh, I skimmed through the artcle quickly, so pardon me if I ask- how the hell is he going to do it? From my understanding, the school board usuaully holds a bunch of committee meetings during the week, as in days when the kid would be in school.
How is he suppose to fufill his duties as a school board member and as a student?

Nice idea though.
 
2004-08-06 06:09:30 PM  
where they visited the lobbying arm of their church

That violates their tax exempt status! REVOKE IT!!
 
2004-08-06 06:09:46 PM  
Wonder if he will be one of my options for election time (I think I'm in the area to vote for TUSD school board). Considering how many bad things I've heard about TUSD lately, I may just vote for him (I think someone needs to ruffle their feathers a little). I volunteered long enough in the district to see some of the crap they pulled. Of course, I feel wierd about voting for someone younger than me...
 
2004-08-06 06:31:55 PM  
I'm waiting for TSG to dig up some dirt on the kid...

"Student running for board position used his mom's Blockbuster Video card to rent R-rated movies."

/I got nuthin'...
 
2004-08-06 06:55:10 PM  
Hebalo:

Schools should be all about the dictatorship. To dictate is to say aloud that which should be copied or written down. It's foolish to think that students should have their own opinions until they have taken the trouble to learn subject and the standards.

There's nothing worse that an ignorant person learning you about the world.

OK, I guess there is, but it's still pretty bad.

Champthom:

Uh, I skimmed through the artcle quickly, so pardon me if I ask- how the hell is he going to do it? From my understanding, the school board usuaully holds a bunch of committee meetings during the week, as in days when the kid would be in school.
How is he suppose to fufill his duties as a school board member and as a student?


I think school board meetings are at night. I sometime ago had to attend one of the meetings for a government class (back in my schoolin' days).

piratelife420:

Sounds like one of those creepy Student Council Kids. The ones who dress like they're 45-year old politicians and bring brief cases to school.

I do admire him for having his shi//t together though. I was chasing boys and drinking booze out of water bottles at his age.


Sounds like most people's lives in high school, including mine.
 
2004-08-06 06:55:53 PM  
piratelife420:

Aside from the chasing boys part, of course.
 
2004-08-06 07:01:05 PM  
As I recall, there were not one, but two students on my school's governing board during my senior year. Not only that, but insignificant disciplinary matters were handled by a student organisation known as the Justice Board.

My high school farkin' ROCKED.
 
2004-08-06 07:28:42 PM  
A student joining a school board? That's like a lower-middle class person being elected to congress. Probably won't happen.
 
2004-08-06 07:50:42 PM  
More power to him. He'll learn a lot in the process.

I ran for mayor of my small town when I was 19 and lost by 13 votes. Looking back, losing was probably the best thing that could have happened. I got the experience without the headaches. Ran for the council again when I was 25 and served 7 years. Learned a lot in the process.
 
2004-08-06 08:48:19 PM  
not quite like Moore. Moore was 18 when he ran for the school board.
 
2004-08-06 11:26:36 PM  
With each week, the submitted stories accepted here on Fark are getting lamer and lamer.

I guess the folks with the quality submissions can't cough up the dough to get them greenlighted...

/I keed, I keed...
 
2004-08-07 07:47:33 PM  
I ran for and won election to the Central Square School Board in Oswego County, NY when I was 19, won reelection 3 years later too.

I was still in school at the time (graduated two years late (good thing I didn't make my scholarly record part of my campaign))

Being on the board while in school is an awesome thing, every teacher that gave me shiat before, shut up as soon as I got elected (not that I could have, or would have, done anything to them)

In the long run though, school board is a tireless, thankless job. The scope of power is very limited as there are many dictates from the state, but don't try telling that to parents/community members. Phone calls at all hours, and if it's a small town like mine, you'll never have a moments piece in public again.

Still, it's worth it
 
2004-08-07 11:44:30 PM  
Interesting. That school is right down the street, maybe I'll walk over there and heckle him.

Being in a school in TUSD myself, and having first hand experience of how horrible things in the district are, it would be real nice to have a student help run things. Maybe TUSD will have a turn for the better now; but sadly he won't have much say. We need more students on the board.
 
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