The Corner

A Defeat For Zero Tolerance Stupidity

Sorry, John, but that’s how I see the decision by the Alexandria (VA) School Board’s 7-1 vote to let Superintendent Rebecca Perry keep her job. Last week, Perry left a restaurant, was pulled for driving erratically and blew a .12 on the Breathalyzer. She’s going to court and will likely plead guilty to DUI, and will be punished by the courts.

What’s the problem? Are we conservatives now advocates of the dunking booth and public stocks, too?

Nobody has shown any connection between Ms. Perry’s one career DUI and her profession as a herder of school bureaucrats. Test scores in Alexandria have risen under her tenure and she just took the politically risky move of transfering a popular principal at a high-performance school to the lowest performing school in Northern Virginia where her skills are desperately needed.

The only reason to fire her is “zero tolerance.” She broke a rule, she must be fired. Not disciplined, not allowed to face the courts, no–fired. Period.

If you gave the parents of DC the choice between the current, tee-totaler leadership of their horrific schools, or a Foster Brooks who would bring Alexandria test scores to the District, they would put a keg in every classroom.

Michael GrahamMichael Graham was born in Los Angeles and raised in South Carolina. A graduate of Oral Roberts University, he worked as a stand-up comedian before beginning his political career as ...

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