SuperintendentsToday is Shrove Tuesday, sometimes called "Fat Tuesday" or Mardi Gras and for those of us who see the Christian significance and will eat the last of our over-decadent fattening foods today. It is a day for enjoyment, not of drunken foolishness as some would have it.
There is an ongoing debate now, as highlighted on Brian Hornback's blog today, about whether the standard for schoolboards in Tennessee should be an elected or appointed superintendent.
I lived and was educated in a school system with an appointed superintendent. I strongly favor elected superintendents, largely because unless the appointee is from the community in which he or she serves, their primary concern is about saving their own hide, not about the children or the people of the community they are supposed to serve.