The issue of school governance shouldn’t be cast in rigid terms. It requires a nuanced approach. That’s what Charlotte Golar Richie, a supporter of the appointed school committee, displayed by expressing a willingness to look at the proposed hybrid model, in which some members would be elected (“Smorgasbord of a race,” Metro, July 29).
Golar Richie said that, as mayor, she’d keep an open mind when it comes to school governance. I think that’s a good thing. She and I remember the divisiveness of some elected committees in the past.
Furthermore, we know that changing back to an elected body would be a difficult and long-range task, requiring a citywide referendum, City Council support, and legislative approval. This is a task I wouldn’t want the next mayor to invest in as a top priority.
I want the next mayor to focus on ensuring a quality education for every Boston student, which includes hiring a new superintendent who would ensure that our students excel.
Golar Richie definitely has a spine, contrary to what Adrian Walker suggests, and will have the courage to speak out about the many serious issues affecting our school system as well as the energy, commitment, and clarity to work diligently to remedy them.
The writer is a former Boston Public Schools principal.