Does the Bangor School Committee give a cold shoulder to dissenting views?

Posted Jan. 24, 2011, at 2:18 p.m.

The Bangor School Committee has a streak of 300-plus unanimous votes. Is this a problem? Critics say the superintendent and board chairwoman insist that committee members express support for policy and initiatives once they are presented publicly.

Critics also note that the committee does not welcome complaints from parents and others at their meetings. Should this status change? What is gained by allowing more dissenting views, whether from committee members or the community? What is lost? Is the committee justifiably worried about meetings descending into angry complaint sessions?

Or would problems that are aired at meetings find better solutions?

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