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School-board appointments shouldn’t require council input

Many Bostonians couldn’t dredge up the names of one or more members of the city’s mayorally appointed school committee. It’s a blessing in the sense that members of the old elected boards were only too well known — for acts of corruption and political chicanery. But the appointed board has its downside, too. It is far too quiet in its deliberations, given the high-stakes nature of public education in Boston. The board’s relationship with school leaders has been too cozy over the years. And the school committee is often perceived as a rubber stamp for the mayor.

More should be done to make the work of the appointed school board open and understandable to the public. But a proposal to require City Council approval of the mayor’s appointments isn’t one of them. District City Councilor Bill Linehan of South Boston is leading the city astray with his ill-conceived call for council “oversight and input’’ into the appointment of school board members.

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