Should voters decide who serves as leaders on local school boards? A Florida state Senate bill would ensure that voters could elect school board chairs to four-year terms, “providing accountability and a consistent leadership,” reads a supportive editorial in the Orlando Sentinel:
This proposal is much better than an idea floated in past years that would have given a chairman far too much power. This version would not replace the appointed superintendent in the day-to-day running of districts, but would provide voters a strong voice to shape the agenda of the school board — someone to be accountable to all voters.
The state House has passed a similar measure.
Also in Florida, 44 out of 67 counties elect their school superintendents. One county in that state is considering changing that. The Palatka Daily News reports that in addition to Florida, some school districts in Alabama and Mississippi elect superintendents. Good idea? What do you think?