Old school boards never die. They just blog away.
Neither Nancy Jester, ousted by the governor, nor Don McChesney, ousted by voters, apparently believes that former DeKalb school board members should fade from view.
The two ex DeKalb board members remain vocal about the school district they once led. And both are using blogs to serve up their commentary.
In fact, Jester plans to live blog first meeting of the newly appointed board Wednesday. On her Nancy’s News site, she writes, “I’ll be hosting a live blog comment feed for tomorrow’s DeKalb Board meeting. The meeting begins at 6pm and I’ll start the live comment feed around 550pm. ”
Jester goes on to tell her fans her latest plans: In order to continue to advocate for you, I have partnered with the Georgia Charter Schools Association. I am working as a consultant and strategist to advocate for charter schools and school choice. I will also be working to develop a board bank of talented and trained citizens to serve on charter school boards throughout our state. Stay tuned for updates on this.
Defeated in November by Marshall Orson for the District 2 DeKalb school board seat, McChesney has been airing his concerns over the board drama in his blog.
In his most recent posting to Don’s Blog, McChesney writes about the federal court decision allowing the governor to replace the six veteran board members.
We have many things to fix. The hated BOE is gone. What about leadership in the system? The Palace is full of dead weight and highly competent people. Who decides who goes and stays? What will be the criteria? Our building leaders have the same issues. We have many poor principals as well as many good ones. How do we fix that? Our classrooms suffer from the same issues. We have many weak teachers right along side of the outstanding ones. With tenure laws how do you clean house quickly? With all their armchair quarterbacking, why hasn’t the Legislature passed useful laws that protect children rather than jobs?
While I believe that Jester and McChesney have every right as DeKalb taxpayers to offer their opinions, I’m not sure that ongoing commentary from deposed board members is helpful to the district or the new board. It reminds me of the former homeowner who keeps dropping by the old place to advise the new owners how to tend the roses or trim the hedges.
What do you think? McChesney and Jester understand DeKalb’s problems. Both are smart and articulate and care about kids. Can their blogs help the district or is their commentary a distraction for the new board?
–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog