My mistake as I found what is likely to be a key issue (especially, it seems, to Crosscut); ed reform.
From the article:
The meeting, whose agenda included many other items, ran nearly two hours overtime. By the end the board members were either punch-drunk or giddy. But they’d squared the circle: Save for that Muslim/African omission, they had assembled a broadly balanced and representative roster seeded with institutional memory, heavy-hitters, and critics rather than pushovers.
The question remains: How much can a late-inning focus group guided by search doctors do to temper the influence of the staff and unions, keep reform in sight, and, just maybe, build support for whoever gets the job? But regardless of that outcome, this coalition of coalitions has won something just by coalescing in an orderly, unified intervention. They’ve built a base for pressing the reform cause. Will the school board build upon it or bash against it?
Oh, I get it. This is about ed reform. It's not about a leader or someone who genuinely wants to know and care about OUR district - it's about ed reform.
I have no idea who the "pushovers" would be. I fear the usual suspects much more than any pushovers.
So there are 2 union reps on the 12-member search committee plus a principal group rep. Three whole people versus the 25-member focus committee? And that's a problem?
Then, after describing the messy way the committee performed its duty, he says it coalesced "in an orderly, unified intervention".
"built a base"
"keep reform in sight"
"build or bash"
Why is this discussion either/or? Why is there no room for compromised, nuanced discussions?
I think Mr. Scigliano is wrong about the make-up of the committee. I suspect that is because, like so many other members of the media, they do not know this district and the people in this city that are constellations to the district and how they all intersect.
I think some might be quite surprised by what the committee says. Oh wait, I forgot.
We will never know what questions the focus group commitee asks.
We will never know what any finalist says about their vision, their focus, their background.
We will never know their final recommendations to the 12-person committee.
We will never know what the final recommendation the 12-person committee makes to the Board is.
That divide just keeps getting bigger.