9. The Future of School Speech-Language Pathology

To reform school speech-language pathology in the United States, members must have Greater Transparency! in the operation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. This starts with the activities of  the Board of Directors.

Article IV — Board of Directors
4.1. Power and Authority
4.1.1. The Association shall be governed by the Board of Directors.

4.1.2. The Board of Directors is the single governing body of the Association and shall actively promote the objectives of the Association, operating in accordance with and administering and implementing the programs and policies established by these Bylaws and by the Board of Directors. Members of the Board of Directors are elected to serve by and are accountable to the members of the Association.

 We need to know  more  about meetings, budgets and policies, and less about the expansion of Association into peripheral activities.

Detailed budget information needs to be published openly so that school SLPs see how much money is invested in the area of practice which includes half the membership.  The Board needs to spell out this 2012 resolution:

“BOD 20-2012, Resolved,  That the long-term investment policy of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, dated May 2012, be approved.”

Transparency includes public forums for true debate of BOD actions.  The Association is closed-off, having a black  hole for “INPUT”  to decision-makers.  Proposals should be public with open discussion give and take.  Directors need to respond in kind.  This has become a standard practice on the internet.  One should not have to sign up to make comments.  Detailed minutes should be published across platforms of communication. The budget needs to be debated to make sure allocations to school programs are wise and fairly made.

http://www.asha.org/About/governance/BOD/Board-of-Directors-2012-Resolutions-and-Motions/

Directors in Washington, D.C., representing a non-profit organization, can seek assistance on transparency from the Sunlight Foundation:

“The Sunlight Foundation is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that uses the power of the Internet to catalyze greater government openness and transparency, and provides new tools and resources for media and citizens, alike. We are committed to improving access to government information by making it available online, indeed redefining “public” information as meaning “online,” and by creating new tools and websites to enable individuals and communities to better access that information and put it to use.”

1818 N Street NW Suite 300 Washington, DC 20036 contact@sunlightfoundation.com, Telephone: 202-742-1520 http://sunlightfoundation.com/

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