School-board elections tend to be placid, even passive, affairs in this part of the world.
Not this time. With Oklahoma City Public Schools in turmoil — the district’s most recent report card was a marginal D, and one of the high-school principals has been accused of fixing grades — there’s more interest than usual in next Tuesday’s election.
The OKC Chamber of Commerce has decided to throw its weight behind Lynne Hardin, who is challenging incumbent chair Angela Monson. To this aim, they sent me a flyer this week, which did not name their favored candidate but which included a link to their school-board subsite. Now flyers I’ve had before, but for the first time in recent memory I got an actual robocall from Hardin.
Monson, you may remember, defeated former OKC mayor Kirk Humphreys last time out, four years after being term-limited out of her state Senate seat. I was generally a Monson supporter when I lived in her district — I moved away in 2003 — and she’s never quite struck me as being exactly a Chamber of Commerce type, which could be a point in her favor. Still, with horrible things happening on her watch, she might well be done for.