Nancy Grasmick reappointment
With the legislature and the governor both determined to get rid of state school superintendent Nancy S. Grasmick, what motivates her to stay? Why would she decide to stay working under a state school board which is likely to oppose some of her policies and make her life difficult?
A source of mine suggested that if legislative leaders had approached state board president Dunbar Brooks behind closed doors, they might have been able to persuade him to get his board to postpone the decision until after July 1. After all, the state board really doesn't want a fight with the legislature. But instead, legislative leaders chose to make a public statement threatening the board. After that, the source said, the board had no choice but to stand up for itself and its role as the body that dictates education policy in the state.
What do you think? Is there any room for a graceful way out of this situation? Do you want Grasmick to resign? What difference would it make to the average school if the governor or the legislature hired the superintendent?