Our Say: Fight over school board nominations will resonate in 2018, Capital, March 15, 2016.
“Two years ago, it’s unlikely the average county resident could explain what the panel does, let alone why it would be controversial.”
The reason is not for a lack of newsworthy abuses, but a lack of interest by the Capital in covering them. Since 2007, when the General Assembly passed legislation creating the SBNC, I have written hundreds of pages on the SBNC’s controversial proceedings. Until the first meeting of the new SBNC on Nov. 17, 2015, the Capital expressed no interest in meaningfully covering those proceedings. It rarely sent a reporter to the proceedings and relied on the SBNC Chair’s talking points for its news coverage. Since then, its coverage has dramatically improved. For a summary of the procedural concerns I have raised about the SBNC during the past decade, see my public testimony at last night’s public hearing. http://elighthouse.info/public-testimony-on-sbnc-procedure.
Collins, Mike, Right Stuff: Democrats want system to stay rigged, Capital, March 15, 2016.
The documentation for many of the facts Mike Collins cites cannot be found on the Capital’s website but can be found at eLighthouse.info, where Mr. Collins got them. [Note: Mr. Collins extensively interviewed me prior to writing his column.]