As Gadfly has matured, he’s become increasingly
skeptical of America’s education-governance structure. California is a vivid
case-in-point. In the Golden State, a maze of governance arrangements leaves no
one in charge and no one responsible for the state’s sub-par student
achievement. That role is split among 1,040 elected local school boards, the
state superintendent (also elected), the state board of education (appointed by
the gov), and the governor himself. Adding to this clamor, voters directly
influence education funding through oft contradictory and confusing referenda.
A thorny predicament, indeed—and one that shows how an antiquated education-governance
structure can be debilitative to student achievement.
lesson in mediocrity,” The Economist,
April 20, 2011.