Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Nashville Chamber says School Board needs training to end divisiveness.

by Dave Boucher, The Tennessean, Dec. 16, 2014 - The Metro school board needs training so it can better understand its own policies on unity and stop "freelancing," according to an education committee report by the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce.

The board's divisiveness could harm the district's ability to attract a new superintendent, so the board should hire a new district leader after Nashville picks a new mayor, the latest edition of the chamber's education report card also concludes.

"Over the past year, it is clear that the Metro school board has struggled to articulate a common vision for the school system," the report reads. (read)

My Comment:  There is something that really rubs me the wrong way about this.  Why should the unelected Chamber of Commerce tell elected officials in essence to sit down and shut up and keep their opinions to themselves. Now, don't get me wrong I almost always disagree with Amy Frogge, Jill Speering, and Will Pinkston.  I would like to see them each replaced with someone like Elissa Kim, but we cannot expect an elected board to all speak with one voice. In any elected body there is going to be more than one point of view or they are nothing but a rubber stamp. If we want a board that all speaks with one voice; if we want "unity," then maybe we don't want an elected board.  At one time Metro's school board was appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the Council. If that is what the Chamber wants then the Chamber should say so. It is arrogant and condescending for the Chamber to tell elected officials they need training in being less divisive.  While I am not a fan of Frogge, Speering or Pinkston, I would applaud them if they told the chamber to stick it where the sun don't shine.

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