Jim Dey of the News-Gazette takes a very interesting (and somewhat harsh) spin on new policies adopted in Unit 116:
Jim Turpin talks with Jim Dey on “Penny for your thoughts”: http://assets.news-gazette.com/sites/all/files/audio/2012/07/02/penny_7-2-12.mp3
The general stance from both Mr. Dey and Mr. Turpin seems to be that this is really bad news, and a bad precedent for School Boards to be taking. Both gentlemen seem surprised that the Urbana School Board had the guts to put it in black-and-white – there is speculation that a lot of Boards seek this kind of “controlling the message” in an effort to unite the voice of the body.
For myself, I would want to read the said policies for myself before I form my own opinion. I have often wondered how best for a body to fulfill their purpose as a middle-man between the body of registered taxpayers that votes them into the position and the administration for whom they are ultimately responsible. Having one, unified voice (I hear “Lord of the Rings” in the background) certainly makes sense in one direction; but how does it help engage the public and “do discussion”? Obviously, in practice we have a hard time finding a balance.