Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Don Quixote?

Okay, I can't help myself.

I just finished reading, click here, about Jim Scheiss resigning, being kicked off, disqualified, etc, from the MO BOE because he refused to undergo a criminal background check...as required by a new state law.
It seems Jim is upset because the law is an unfunded mandate that will cost districts money and is determined to send a message to Trenton that he's not going to abide by the new law, hence the state required his stepping down. Very noble action....perhaps.

I'm as against unfunded mandates as anyone. But before the Don Quixote awards are given out, let's realize that there are a whole lot of mandates that cost districts like ours buckets of money every year.
I like Jim. He's a bit eccentric and he makes for a great conversation.
But stepping aside from the BOE over unfunded mandates would carry a great deal more credibility if one did it voluntarily over an issue that cost our students millions of dollars...rather than forced to step down because this particular mandate was aimed at you.