The Road to Perdition

Until recently, Mike Merrifield served as the Colorado House Education Committee chairman. Then he sent an email to another state legislator in which he opined that "there's a special place in hell" for supporters of charter schools. "They deserve it!" By Merrifield's standard, Gadfly--who, as a Dipteran, can only expect to live about 20 days total--will be a Hades tenant in the not-so-distant future. Where, exactly, in the nine levels of hell will he find himself? Unfortunately, Dante's Inferno Test yielded few answers; lots of questions about sin, very few about standards-based reform. So while we may not know Gadfly's position in the realm of eternal suffering, we do know that Merrifield lost his chairmanship. Do unto others, Mike.

"Rep. Merrifield's e-mail rips charter supporters," by April M. Washington, Rocky Mountain News, March 30, 2007

"Ed chairman quits over e-mail: Merrifield wrote charter backers have 'place in hell'," by April M. Washington and Alan Gathright, Rocky Mountain News, March 31, 2007

"Panel boss urged to quit over e-mail: Dem says she's not budging," by April M. Washington, Rocky Mountain News, April 3, 2007