Teachers and teachers' family members seem to be just the sort of
people to run for school boards. They have either the expertise and/or
the interest in education. But with them come conflicts of interest,
and these can cast doubt on what they're doing there in the first place.
Teachers in the particular school district generally can't run for
school board seats, but many teachers don't live in the districts where
they teach. This prohibition often applies to their spouses as well, but not to
their parents, siblings, and children.
But when it comes to teacher contracts, even the parents, siblings, and
children have a conflict between the interests of the public and the
interests of their immediate family members in getting a raise and holding on to their benefits.