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Daily Planet's Opinion: City schools’ idiocracy?
Tuesday, 11 June 2013 09:38

Given that budgets are tight and taxpayers are struggling in a still-shaky economy, it is absolutely outrageous that the Asheville Board of Education recently awarded a $175,000 payment as a retirement gift for Superintendent Allen Johnson. He is only 54 years old.

The action is so idiotic it could provide material for a sequel to the 2006 science-fiction comedy film “Idiocracy.” 

Talk about truth sometimes being stranger than fiction....

Lest we be misconstrued, we are not making any judgment here on what kind of job Johnson has done. That is irrelevant in this discussion.

Board Chairwoman Jacquelyn Hallum noted in a statement on Johnson’s departure that the board voted unanimously for the buyout of the superintendent’s contract, which ends June 30, 2016. She stressed that it was a mutual decision with Johnson, with “retirement” being his description of his future plans.

In a time when teachers are spending money from their own pockets to help supply their students, City Council needs to more carefully consider its appointments of Board of Education members.

We urge Johnson to return this “milk money” to the school system for the benefit of the students — and we would urge the resignation of the entire reckless Asheville Board of Education.



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