Thursday, February 21, 2013

Removing The Board

There has been much chatter of late regarding removal of the DeKalb County School System's Board of Education. En masse. There is a recall process for removal of elected officials in Georgia but there are a few problems with that which is probably why some folks want the Guv to do the dirty work.

First is related to the fact you cannot initiate a recall vote just because you're pissed off whilst you can trot down to the Capital and bend the Governor's ear. However to initiate a recall you must have specific grounds:
  1. The official has, while holding office, conducted himself or herself [ed: gotta be PC] in a manner which relates to and adversely affects the administration of his or her [ed: again with the PC] office and adversely affects the rights and interests of the public; and
  2. That official has also:
    1. Committed an act or acts of malfeasance while in office;
    2. Violated his or her oath of office;
    3. Committed an act of misconduct in office;
    4. Failed to perform duties prescribed by law; or
    5. Willfully misused, converted or misappropriated, without authority, public property or public funds entrusted to or associated with the elective office to which the official has been elected or appointed.
Just so happens that simple incompetence is simply inadequate. Is anyone really surprised that politicians hold themselves to such a high standard?

But there is a bigger problem with recalls and it speaks to the fundamental problem underpinning the decline of public education all across America. Parents. The same delusion that causes parents to espouse how great their child's school is when it is painfully obvious to the casual observer that is simply not the case causes them to wax poetic about the capabilities of their Board Member. They don't want to recall THEIR Board Member, they want to recall YOURS.

It really doesn't matter if the Governor removes the Board and installs replacements. It doesn't even matter if the System loses accreditation. Nothing will ever matter until parents open their eyes, objectively evaluate the situation and take personal responsibility for THEIR CHILDREN. Until then WE have the school system THEY want.