Stoops, director of education studies for the conservative John Locke Foundation, kicked things off in this blog post today responding to Woods saying on the Bill LuMaye Show that Losurdo lacked qualifications for being on the board.
Citing the broad qualifications in the state Constitution, Stoops writes that "it is an implicit acknowledgment that experience and credentials do not guarantee competence." He adds that "diverse perspectives and experiences strengthen elected bodies."
Woods, a Democratic political strategist working for Hill's campaign, pointed to Wake's size and responded that Losurdo "is woefully under ‘qualified; for the position she seeks."
Stoops responded by questioning whether Woods was arguing that board members in large districts should have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university and a minimum of three years of experience in an education-related field.
Woods responded that "you should not have to have a batchelor’s (sic) degree to serve on a School Board, but it likely is helpful, and I acknowledged lay people can make good Board members, but they generally bring other qualifications and skill sets to the table." He wrote that "you would be hard pressed to make a case that Ms. Losurdo is qualified to serve on a School Board of any size."