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Guest Column: Elected school board not a good idea

Guest Column: Elected school board not a good idea

Michael Collins' column titled "Inside the parties' central committees" (The Capital, March 3) helped crystalize my thinking about legislation to create an elected school board. Mr. Collins explained the role central committees (both Republican and Democratic) play in filling open seats, a process similar to the way Board of Education members are now chosen. He argues that the better system to fill an open seat (think of that of Del. Cathy Vitale in District 33) is not by holding a special election because they "have extremely low voter turnout … and disproportionately favor extreme candidates with a small but rabid following." The concerns raised...

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