Saturday, December 9, 2006

And This is an Awful Idea

Clay Cox's bill to allow for the election of local school superintendents is an Awful idea. Yes, Awful. This will probably be popular legislation because everyone thinks that they are an expert on education, but local school boards, who are already elected and accountable to the voters, need to have the freedom to review the resumes and choose the best professional to lead their districts. And superintendents, who often have to make tough, unpopular decisions regarding things like redistricting or hiring and firing, should not be subject to the whim of voters. There are also issues with the role partisanship would play as well as the prospect of how these campaigns would be funded- in other words, do we want school superintendents who are beholding to their donors? I don't think so.

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