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Does Murray merit applause?

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Greg Peck
May 25, 2011

A few weeks ago, Janesville School Board member Kevin Murray expressed concerns over a board policy that affords a student representative greater participation than parents, teachers or those representing district employee unions. The policy lets high school student representatives participate in board discussions as nonvoting members, while these other interested parties cannot.

The board passed the policy years ago. No student took advantage of the opportunity until this year, when Parker High’s Jaimi Jensen seized the torch.

Murray had suggested changing the policy so the board could question the student, but the student couldn’t question the board. In a surprise Tuesday night, however, he reversed himself and stated he was wrong to raise the issue.

His critics might accuse Murray of waffling. Does his newfound enlightenment, however, earn him an “A”?

We’ll share our perspective in our editorial Thursday.

Greg Peck can be reached at (608) 755-8278 or gpeck@gazettextra.com. Or follow him on Twitter or Facebook

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