Thursday, May 24, 2007

Peter Maier finally has a website

Here's a link to Peter Maier's website. Here's what he says needs to be done:

"The current School Board is off course and too often unfocused. I will bring three essential qualities to a new Board:
» Leadership.
The School Board's role is to set policy in a steady and consistent manner - insisting that every student has an opportunity to be what she or he wants to be.
» Responsibility.
Once policies are set, the Board must take responsibility to see those policies are carried out by the District staff and in the schools across the city.
» Accountability.
Our District faces long-term financial problems. The Board must hold the District accountable for the funds being spent, and the Board must engage with the community, the Governor and the Legislature in pushing for solutions."
There is no issues area to his website so we'll have to go to forums to see where he stands on various issues.

I'm not sure I understand the phrase, "every student has an opportunity to be what she or he wants to be". That's asking a lot from a district. I'm sure Charlie can speak to the Responsibility one because of the Board's lack of ability to enforce policy.

4 comments:

Charlie Mas said...

"Once policies are set, the Board must take responsibility to see those policies are carried out by the District staff and in the schools across the city."

Just how does he propose they do this?

Andrew Kwatinetz said...

A more appropriate title would have been, "I finally found Peter Maier's website" as it's been there for over a month. I posted a link to it in a comment to one of Charlie's earlier posts.

Anonymous said...

yup, Melissa, I noticed that too - your bias against Peter is showing...which is kind of beneath you and not up to your usual standards.

Charlie Mas said...

I'm still looking forward to something other than meaningless platitudes from Mr. Maier.

I'm sure he has something substantial to say, but I'm not sure why he hasn't said it yet.

If his campaign is about providing leadership, then he should have tried instead for the Superintendent's job. He will find it extremely difficult to lead from the Board. First of all, he will be only one of seven there. Second, as a Board Director he won't have any authority to direct anyone to do anything. Third, he won't have any means for holding anyone accountable. The School Board is not about leadership.

At best, the Board is about oversight. Peter Maier has only demonstrated the ability to be a fundraiser and a cheerleader, not an auditor. Serving on the Board is not about the unquestioning, unconditional support for the staff that Mr. Maier has shown to date.