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Creative Solutions 

Even with all the content changes introduced earlier this year as part of our major redesign, we have not abandoned our orientation as a practitioners’ magazine. As such, we’re always on the lookout for a good solution to a common ailment.

We found that, by example, in an unsolicited manuscript that landed on our desks several months back from a pair of faculty colleagues at the University of Montana, one of them a retired superintendent who’d spent 15 years managing three school districts.

The issue they describe is one that many superintendents surely have seen — the proliferation of mean-spirited and wildly off-base comments that seem to dominate the online feedback section at the end of newspaper stories about the school district or its leadership. Even a straightforward news story about an education leader’s selection for a major national honor won’t escape the mean and nasty commenters who hide behind their masks of online anonymity.

One solution, as described by Frances O’Reilly and John Matt in their Focus article, sets up a team of civic-minded volunteers in the community willing to set the record straight quickly and informatively on the same message boards. We saw this creative approach as something worth sharing in these pages.

Do you have your own tried-and-tested answer to a common situation that exists in school districts? We’d like to hear from you. Send a summary of your solution to magazine@aasa.org. Thank you.

Jay P. Goldman, Editor
Voice: 703-875-0745
E-mail: jgoldman@aasa.org


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