School boards and AI: Is it the new hot topic?

The upshot of Burbio's latest reasearch is that artificial intelligence is getting a lot more attention than AI policy or guidance.

Is everyone in your district talking about artificial intelligence? What about the slightly less gripping topic of AI policy? What about school boards and AI?

Burbio, the online service that tracks several aspects of K12 operations, has captivated District Administration readers with its reports on the subjects that are dominating school board discussions. Lately, the firm has been examining the prevalence of AI, reviewing the school board meeting minutes of 2,000 school districts that serve about 50% of the student population in the past.

In its search for terms such as AI policy, AI guidance and acceptable use policy, the upshot shot is that school boards are spending a lot more time on the broad category of artificial intelligence than policy or guidance.

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“It is worth noting how few discussions are occurring around AI policy at the district level,” Burbio reported regarding school boards and AI.

Burbio found the phrase artificial intelligence in the minutes of more than 20% of the meetings. “AI policy,” on the other hand, appeared in around 2% of the meetings. That jibes with recent District Administration reporting that has found educators are eager to adopt AI but want more guidance and training.

Here’s a rundown of Burbio’s tracking of how often school boards are discussing other hot K12 topics:

Matt Zalaznick
Matt Zalaznick
Matt Zalaznick is the managing editor of District Administration and a life-long journalist. Prior to writing for District Administration he worked in daily news all over the country, from the NYC suburbs to the Rocky Mountains, Silicon Valley and the U.S. Virgin Islands. He's also in a band.

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