Dan Forest wields unprecedented influence over new ASDs

Expanding his twisted little empire:

A selection advisory committee appointed by Lt. Gov. Dan Forest has been interviewing candidates and is expected to make a recommendation to the State Board of Education by next week. The state board will have the final say in who is hired.

"We can’t get into specifics, but we have a very diverse group of candidates from across the country that have experience in turning around all types of public schools," Jamey Falkenbury, the lieutenant governor's press secretary, told WRAL News by email.

We've talked about this before, but it bears repeating: Lt. Gov. Dan Forest has no business being in charge of anything, much less how taxpayer dollars are to be spent on education. He's out there on the fringe when it comes to how our children are taught, somewhere between a religious zealot and a "burn it all down" free-market nut-job. But that didn't stop the irresponsible GOP leadership in the General Assembly from appointing him Czar of public school privatization:

An ASD Superintendent Selection Advisory Committee shall be established to make a recommendation to the State Board of Education on appointment of a superintendent to serve as the executive officer of the ASD. The Committee shall ensure that the individual recommended has qualifications consistent with G.S.115C-271(a). The Lieutenant Governor shall serve as chair of the Committee and shall appoint the following additional members:

(1) Three members of the State Board of Education.
(2) One teacher or retired teacher.
(3) One principal or retired principal.
(4) One superintendent or retired superintendent
(5) One parent of a student currently enrolled in a low-performing school, as defined in G.S.115C-105.37.

The State Board of Education shall consider the recommendation of the ASD Superintendent Selection Advisory Committee and shall appoint a superintendent to serve as the executive officer of the ASD.

Chairman of the Committee, members of which he will choose (this approach is becoming a habit with Republicans). Might as well not even have a committee.

I've looked for meeting minutes or other documented info on the Advisory Committee, and it's either not out there or my Google is broken. But I have little confidence the yet-to-be chosen Superintendent will be the "best" candidate from the list. Forest is just too much of an ideologue for that to happen.

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I have to be honest,

it isn't just his bent policy ideas that get under my skin. It's that self-righteous egoism that he exudes, which grows larger every time his Tea-Party, common-core-hating fans worship him. It's nauseating, frankly, and I think Linda Coleman beating him might make me happier than any other victory.

It is inappropriate to put

It is inappropriate to put Forest in a position for which he has no experience.

Then he'll have to

Go on unemployment.