- The Washington Times - Monday, December 20, 1999

Same old school boardThere they go again. Members of the D.C. Board of Education have, through letters to the editor, press conferences and opinion columns to this and other newspapers, tried to convince the public that they have stopped bickering among themselves in the name of public education. But a recent closed-door session shed considerable light on more inner turmoil.The 13 board members met for several hours Wednesday night to elect a new president for the year 2000, but neither of the three candidates, including at-large member Tonya Vidal Kinlow, garnered a majority vote from colleagues. The board decided to mull (and no doubt lobby) the candidates and vote next month. Still, the squabbling does not bode well for a board that has been fighting over leadership much of this decade.”I just think it’s real sad,” outgoing President Wilma Harvey told The Washington Post. “Our energies need to be focused on more than just the leadership issues that have engulfed this school board the last year.”To the contrary, leadership or, more pointedly, the lack of leadership, is the very concern that has torn the public school system apart.

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