Now that the dust has settled from last Tuesday’s elections, some thoughtful commentary is appearing. Of particular interest to teachers and public employees was the across-the-board failure of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s ballot initiatives in California. Among the proposals that went down in flames was one initiative which would have extended the probationary period of teachers from two to five years, and another which was designed to hamstring the political action operations of public employee unions. In the Washington Post, Harold Meyerson wrote one of the more interesting analyses, Arnold Terminates Himself.
And one of the events which was passed over in the initial election prognostications, the defeat of all eight members of the Dover, Pennsylvania school board who had voted to introduce “intelligent design” into high school biology, is now receiving more attention. Here is the New York Times account. It appears that “natural selection” is an operative principle in school board elections.