Friday, August 12, 2005

School Board initiative fails

Doug Eames' initiative to get the Portsmouth School Board to return to appointments rather than elections has fallen short.
An effort to put a referendum on the November ballot asking voters to return to an appointed – instead of elected – school board fell short.

Advocates for an appointed school board had collected less than 1,000 of the 5,600 signatures needed by the deadline on Wednesday.

“There were a lot of people who didn’t want to sign it,” said Doug Eames, who led the effort. Some voters said they weren’t interested because they didn’t have children in the school system, Eames said, and others wanted to hold on to their voting rights.
As if, in this case, voting is going to make it all right.

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