Friday, June 09, 2006

"Do we need a School Board?"

That's the question the Examiner's Harry Jaffe asks.
Washington's School Board is sacrosanct. For residents who have precious few chances to elect officials, no one wants to give up an opportunity to cast a vote. Electing a School Board in 1969 was our first exercise of local democracy in the modern era.

And since that time -- for 37 years -- the board has failed to help educate our children.

Last week, the "other paper" reported that special education funds are draining the system. School Board Vice Chair Carolyn Graham said the board had no idea where the money went and added: "We've accepted dysfunctionality as a way of being."

The same can be said of the School Board. Perhaps it's time for voters to show up and support an appointed board.

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