Washington Post Misses the Mark on School Board Endorsements
Once again, the Washington Post has truly missed the mark on Prince George’s County political endorsements. In many cases, they fortunately have little influence as they rarely predict the winners. Even if they do, they are busy about jumping on the bandwagon when (surprise, surprise) that elected official turns out to be self-interested and corrupt.
I cannot see how one could vote for Ms. Epps in District 1 when nobody has ever heard of her. She has not shown any track record of involvement in our public schools. I cannot comment on their choice for District 4, which is also perhaps an alarm bell because I’ve never met or seen Micah Watson at a school-related function. He just seems like a politically-ambitious person who is looking for his next gig as an elected official.
In District 5, I am even more astounded that they have picked the status quo. Why vote for someone who has a deep knowledge of the system, when that system is broken? And shouldn’t we all have a deep knowledge of the system? We don’t because budget documents and board meetings where actual business is conducted are closed or not transparent to the public. Since Jacobs has presided for five terms as the chair, I hold her primarily responsible for this problem. And perhaps the Post should take a closer look at her list of past contributors, such as Ricker Brothers (who are now in prison for bribes given to Jack Johnson). See more here: http://wp.me/p15aII-4m I question Jacobs’ relationship to these individuals and while I certainly can’t conclude “guilt by association” it does seem suspicious.
In District 7, we have a candidate in Henry Armwood who openly rebuffs and bullies any parent who comes to public hearings to express genuine criticism, engages in name-calling of people through his online Twitter feed when he disagrees with their opinion, and demonstrates a condescending attitude toward constituents whom he believes do not have the knowledge or experience he possesses as a grandfather of five (that’s his trademark word for “experience”). How is that commendable, admirable, or in any way electable?
Finally, in District 8, I am stunned at the endorsement of Andre Nottingham. Just two years ago, he conducted a poorly-run, unsuccessful campaign for County Council. Now he is magically interested in the School Board seat. Why? Perhaps he sees it as a stepping stone to higher office rather than an important job that requires serious thought, consideration, and level of visibility in the public schools already before running. Edward Burroughs represents a far better choice. Burroughs was censured for being concerned and responsive, something the rest of the current board seems uninterested in doing. No board members even have children in the school system, which is why perhaps they are pleased with their “hard work” because they are not recipients of a public education deemed nearly the worst in Maryland.