School District Governance Association of New Hampshire
Giving voters a voice by empowering elected school district officials to reclaim control over budgets and curriculum.
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Protecting Parents’ Rights in Schools
Our organization urges parents, grandparents and members of the public to attend school board meetings regularly to demand transparency in curricula, educational values, academic achievement and budgets. Not all school boards seem to know that they have...
Testimony in Support of Budget Transparency
House Municipal and County Government Committee In favor of HB 243, HB 454, and HB 415 Dear Honorable Members: As President of the School District Governance Association of NH I am testifying in strong support for these three bills, all concerning transparency in...
SDGA Testimony in Support of HB348, Transparency of Union Contracts
Re: HB 348Thank you, Mr. Chairman and Municipal and County Government Committee members,I am unable to testify on Zoom today but I wish to submit testimony to the entire committee and have this entered into the record of the proceedings.HB348 arose from a need those...
Webinar: Policy – the Secret Battleground
June 1, 2022, 7:00PM - 8:30PM Control of school district policy is the primary means for an elected body to shape and direct service delivery by the superintendent and staff. Yet elected officials are routinely thwarted in trying to shape school services as desired...
Webinar: Toolkit for Newly Elected School Board Members
March 26, 2022, 9:00-11:00am. SDGA President, Donna Green, will give an in depth overview of what new school board members need to know to be effective immediately. Registration is free, but required in order to receive a Zoom invitation. [gravityform id="7"...
Webinar: The ABCs of School Boards and their Responsibilities
January 24, 2022, 7:00-8:30pm. Jody Underwood, PhD., long serving member of the Croydon School Board and pioneering advocate for school tuitioning liberalization, will explain the structure of school districts and the basic responsibilities of school board members....
Discover Your Power
Frequently Asked Questions
What is SDGA?
The School District Governance Association of
New Hampshire (SDGA) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to help members of school boards and budget committees discover their powers so they can effectively assert their lawful authority and be responsible to their electorate.
What does SDGA do?
SDGA Members are committed to:
- Helping school board and budget committee members discover their legal roles and responsibilities
- Publicizing and communicating best practices in governance and budgeting
- Formulating model school district policies so boards will have an independent, alternative resource
- Proposing and monitoring legislation that supports local control in education and openness in administration
Who can join SDGA?
Anyone who supports our mission. The core of our membership includes past or present elected or appointed local officials who have or have had fiduciary responsibility for a New Hampshire school district budget. We also encourage parents, taxpayers and others to join.
To be accepted as a member, you must be sponsored by a current SDGA member, get a two-thirds majority vote of the SDGA Board, and pay dues.
Dues are $20 per year, non-prorated, payable January 1st. Lifetime memberships are $200.
How can SDGA help you?
SDGA offers seminars on a range of topics related to governance: budgets, understanding of curricular and assessment issues, clarifying special education laws and so on.
We have begun to provide model policies that clarify school board and administrative roles.
Our members can offer their vast experience in many areas.
How can YOU get involved?
- Attend a seminar.
- Come to a meeting. The SDGA Board meets on the first Saturday of the month. Meetings are open to members and interested parties: there are always lively discussions.
- Join a committee or a project and help SDGA provide needed resources.
- Invite a friend to join a committee or attend a seminar.
- Donate time or money. SDGA runs on a
shoestring and every little bit helps.