School boards don’t get no respect, writes the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, which quotes Chester Finn.
“School boards are an aberration, an anachronism, an educational sinkhole,” said Finn, former assistant secretary of education in the Reagan administration. “Put this dysfunctional arrangement out of its misery.”
Reform is “elusive.”
My greatest problem with school boards is domination by the employee unions. Because voter turn-out is so low, any organized group strongly influences the outcome. In the San Jose area, an increasing number of school board members are retired administrators or teachers; sometimes they’re current teachers working in neighboring districts.
Via Education Gadfly