On Norfolk’s superintendent mess

My latest op-ed appeared in Wednesday’s Virginian-Pilot. Like so many things these days, no one seems to be taking the long-term view of what needs to be done to solve the problems in the school system. I was flabbergasted to read that the chair of the board is seeking short-term fixes when anyone who has lived in Norfolk for any length of time knows the problems are long-term, structural ones.

I truly want Norfolk Public Schools to be the best in the region. Heck, it wasn’t that long ago that we won the Broad Prize.That wasn’t enough, though, to keep the system on track. In six short years, we’ve gone from best in the nation to arguably one of the worst in the state.

Former school board member Billy Cook bemoans the state of things:

Glad to be back but sad to see the same ol’ state of affairs in my fair city.

A shakeup is needed. And I happen to think that shakeup is an elected school board, one accountable to the voters and not to the eight members of council.

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3 thoughts on “On Norfolk’s superintendent mess

  1. I collected signatures for the elected school board to be put on the ballot in Nov of 2011. We fell short of the necessary signatures but I bet Max will take up the cause again and people will be waiting in line to sign this time. We need all of our officials elected and answering to the voters.

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