People often ask me why I’m a school board member. To be sure, it is an unpaid and largely thankless job, says Peggy Zugibe, a member of the Haverstraw-Stony Point (N.Y.) Board of Education, member of the Rockland Board of Cooperative Educational Services, and member of the board of directors of the New York State School Boards Association, for the Washington Post. You make decisions that affect people’s wallets and their children, and emotions can run high. No matter what forms of academic progress our students achieve, some will say our schools are failing and call for radical changes. But I love being a school board member because I believe in public education…

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