Kevin Johnson, who was a basketball star but is now the Mayor of Sacramento (and the husband of Michelle Rhee), recently visited Bridgeport, Connecticut, to urge its citizens to support a mayoral takeover of the public schools. He asked them to end the practice of electing their local school board. This is a big goal of privatizers, as it will remove an obstacle to closing more public schools and turning them over to charter operators.
John Bagley wrote an opinion piece answering Kevin Johnson. Bagley is not only a member of the elected board in Bridgeport, but a former NBA basketball player, like Kevin Johnson.
Bagley points out that New Haven, with its appointed board, has more “failing schools” than Bridgeport. And Sacramento has an elected board.
His advice to Mayor Johnson: “Don’t come into my house and mess with my right to vote.”