On the Right Track?
An editorial in the Post-Dispatch praises Rick Sullivan, the executive officer of the new board in charge of the St. Louis public schools:
Mr. Sullivan also sent a positive signal by declining the salary to which he is entitled for his service. That underscores that his principal concern is helping the city’s schoolchildren and that he is well aware of the financial challenges the district faces.
This move was politically smart, but by itself it doesn’t mean very much. There’s a mistaken idea that schools can’t help kids if they have any motive of profit or personal benefit. But for-profit and private schools do a pretty good job. It would be better if the executive officer accepted a salary and ran the schools like a for-profit business than if he made nice gestures but didn’t change the status quo. We’ll see whether Sullivan can be as effective as he is tactful.