Pittsburgh, PA, a major city with an elected school board, voted to keep mostly remote learning until the start of 2021.
One school board member used absolutely flawless reasoning in defending the school board's vote to delay opening buildings to all but a few students. Pittsburgh is staying almost all remote even though the city has an infection rate below the legal threshold to reopen buildings that have been closed since March.
Board member Sala Udin said that for him, the vote came down to the health and safety of district staff and students.
“The riddle we have to solve is that: Is improved learning worth the increased risk of bringing kids back together in large number?” Mr. Udin said. “As for the increased learning, given in time we can fix and improve the learning. If children or staff get infected, we may not be able to fix that."
This is the wise judgment we might have if we end mayoral control of schools.