an excellent post describing how the people of Joplin overcame C. J. Huff, the Joplin Globe, the Joplin Progress Committee, and others to elect Jeff Koch, Jennifer Martucci, and Lane Roberts April 7:
I encourage you to read the entire post, but here is an example:
In many ways Joplin is no different than the other 576 districts around the state. They have local politics and local personalities. There is a grassroots group, the Joplin Progress Committee, which has had a strong hand in influencing the local school board. There is a Superintendent who runs things as if the district is his own personal fiefdom. There is a local paper which uses poor journalistic practices to try to influence local government. But even with all this working against it, the people were still able to make a significant course change. It is done by countering base unethical practices with extreme professionalism. It is done by committed bloggers who try to get out the other side of the story. It is done by a lot of work on the part of regular folks who support candidates, who promise to change what is clearly wrong with the status quo, both financially and through social media.
Sharp has been dealt with through the election process. The Board should take a serious look at dismissal of the Superintendent for gross misconduct.