Gotta love it when the argument against an elected school board boils down to “we can’t pick a decent council” so let them pick the school board for us.
Seriously – there are many arguments against an elected school board, chief among them the lack of taxing authority. But I’m insulted by this:
In Norfolk, we haven’t proven we can elect an accountable council, so how can we expect to do a better job electing the School Board?
There are a lot of dedicated people in Norfolk who work very hard to try to hold council accountable. Remember this? And how the community responded to it, the result being council backed down?
Or how about this? It took five long years of fighting council to get that resolved.
Without hardworking, engaged citizens, the Norfolk City Council would run amok even more than it does now. Without them, there would be no new voices on council, in particular that of Tommy Smigiel.
I have no problem if the citizens don’t want an elected school board. The fact that we haven’t gotten one yet, despite several efforts in the past, is more of a testament to the difficulty with getting the required number of signatures than anything else. Were the hurdle for the referendum not so high, this question would have been resolved by now.
But to essentially call the voters incompetent? Um, no.