Jockeying for Position
Here's a surprising editorial from the solons at the Commercial Appeal about the Hooks/Jobe plan, as they now call it, to fire all the teachers and administrators at the 22 failing schools and make them take qualifying tests to be rehired. It's surprising because the Commercial Appeal supports it!
Now, their other reporting has mostly been skeptical of school reform and openly supportive of teachers to the point of pandering. But in the editorial, they come out clearly in favor. That's good to see.
But it puts them at odds with the City Mayor, who is pandering himself with the schools and teacher's union. How the Commercial Appeal will handle that -- as they are unapologetic cheerleaders for Herenton -- remains to be seen.