Now, there's a courageous and unexpected vote â€” especially as it's meaningless until the judiciary make a final determination. But, hey, it's good posturing!
Regarding the sorry state of many public schools, one need look no farther than the local-yokel school boards. In too many cases they're all so busy pleasing the "less government" zealots in local chambers of commerce that they couldn't care less about the students.
In some cases, such as here at Portland, the local school board is so heavy-handed and secretive that nobody knows what they do with the money. Its legal department stifles all attempts at discovery; and its public-relations department has said "no comment" more often than all the local politicians combined.