My latest op-ed, title above, appeared in The Virginian-Pilot Wednesday. In it, I urge the voters in Norfolk to sign the petition to place on the ballot the question of whether Norfolk should have an elected school board.
I don’t believe it can be said too many times: the issue right now is to get the question on the ballot. Both supporters and opponents of elected school boards should be willing to sign the petition in order to place the question before the voters.
The public lacks the ability to force referendum on most issues in Virginia; normally, that is left up to the legislature. Of course, the legislature could make it easier on the voters to do so, since the petition signature requirements are tough. Guess it would be too much to ask the legislature to reduce this and other signature requirements – like the section on recall, which I brought up earlier.They are a wee bit busy on other matters.
If you believe that Norfolk voters should have the opportunity to decide this, then sign the petition. Then we can talk about whether an elected school board makes sense.