by Max Brantley
John Brummett writes a column for a national audience on Mondays. Today's is about the recent Little Rock school election, though not specifically. It's on the national themes of merit pay and teachers unions, which dominated the recent election.
One exception to quotes in the column: Despite a widespread community belief to the contrary, you may dismiss incompetent teachers. As in any business, supervisors (principals) must fairly, thoroughly and aggressively evaluate underlings and end the employment of those who don't meet standards. In the best schools and businesses, this happens. Sometimes not. Sometimes all it takes is a daddy who owns the business to get and hang onto a job.