The Virginian-Pilot had a story Saturday about the possibility of an elected school board in Norfolk. Seems some folks have seen the light.
Because of what they call a recent series of negative revelations about the public schools, three City Council members say they favor an elected school board.
I’ve long advocated for an elected school board (see list below). That Norfolk doesn’t have one is a testament to the power that the Council wants to maintain. With power, though, comes responsibility, and now that the school system has gotten some bad press, the Council would like to distance itself from the stench.
Although I disagree, I have to give Ward 2 councilwoman Theresa Whibley her props for sticking to what she believes: she prefers that the school board be appointed.
“The data does not support the notion that elected school boards are better than appointed school boards,” she said.
It may not – but that doesn’t mean it’s worse. We’ve tried appointed – time to give elected school boards a shot.