With about 95% of the precincts now reporting, Gracie Porter looks like the unofficial runaway winner for the Metro School Board's District 5 seat, as she is enjoying about 55% (2,573) of the vote. Her three rivals are each netting below 20% of the vote. District 5 appears to have struck back at Council member Michael Craddock's backroom attempts--in cahoots with the Davidson County Republican Party--to misrepresent their interests on the Board of Education. The 17 Council members who voted with Michael Craddock may not have listened to District 5 voters back in May; but they sure as hell ought to be able to hear them in August.
08/04/2006, 6:00 p.m. Update: Bruce Barry writes a noteable synopsis of yesterday's BoE elections, including a dressing-down of what appears to me to be the Chamber of Commerce PAC's naked attempt to flex its post-election influence over our BoE.
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and Kathleen Harkey goes down in flames in district 8 where people were tired of the status quo and upset with her attempts to go around the system in placing a magnet school student.ReplyDelete
Two things that I hope to see from this election:ReplyDelete
1. A less divisive board that works to fix that which needs fixing and preserve that which works.
2. Increased participation from the community at large. Even though I personally felt that Mrs. Brooks was not the right person for the job, her candidacy and blog have raised the community's awareness about the board and the system as a whole. Hopefully the community won't tune out now that the controversy is over.
to mnbvcxz, great comment. I agree completelyReplyDelete
Mnbvcxz's comments are nice but it seems a bit late after a vicious effort to smear Ms. Brooks.ReplyDelete
It seems that people like Ms. Brooks who do not toe the conventional line about education are only acceptable as commentators who raise issues but that under no circumstances should they actually have a chance to make decisions.
As long as the eduction establishment can demonizes anyone it sees as a threat to its power, we will never get meaningful reform. The 'new' board will just result in more of the same.
Don't worry Mark. I plan to hold Gracie Porter held to the same standard as Kay Brooks. And every time we see her falter, it will be duly noted.ReplyDelete
Whew! For a minute or two I was gravely worried that an anonymous commenter was not going to be watching out for our best interests!ReplyDelete
Nobody smeared Kay Brooks, she immolated all by herself.ReplyDelete
I believe the "smearing" being referred to is when I asked Mrs. Brooks (on her blog) to post her children's test scores by way of comparison to Ms. Porter's test scores that she so eagerly posted. Or when I asked if she had any substantive reforms to propose, rather than continuously saying that the system is broken (no6 exactly a surprising revelation). If that is smearing, then I am indeed guilty.ReplyDelete
I stand by my original comment above: I didn't feel that Mrs. Brooks was the right person for the job; however, her choice to run for the position has brought a great deal of needed attention to the school board races that will hopefully continue now the politicking is over.
Dont worry Mike, we got you covered. This will give you a little more time to finally figure out if Lincoln Davis was serious or not.ReplyDelete
Davis's vote showed his seriousness.ReplyDelete