For what it's worth, I'm supporting John Lombardi for Providence mayor. The most trenchant part of his education platform is this:
Providence Public School administrators must be held accountable for the performance of our schools. The connection between the mayoral administrative hires and the skills required to perform the duties expected of them is crucial to the success of our schools. We must have the right administrators, with the right capabilities and skills, with the right resources, in the right job.
I'm more than a bit creeped out by three local Rhode Island candidates appearing on DfER's "Hot List," including Providence mayoral candidate Angel Taveras. Sorry, I don't want our own version of Adrian Fenty.
I think one problem with being a small state is you look too much like a convenient petri dish.