While no one is questioning Mrs. Maguire's credentials, she is taking a lot of heat for her decision to educate her four daughters at home.
The board's chairperson nominating committee, headed by Mr. Isaac, passed over Mrs. Maguire because of her homeschooling. Area educrats have also bashed her:
“I couldn’t see someone who does not support public schools by sending their kids to be a proponent for public schools,” said Mr. [Danny] Hawkins, associate dean of the college of education at Anderson University.
So Mrs. Maguire is supposed to sacrifice her children's education by sending them to sub par schools just to "prove" her commitment to improving public education? Isn't that a bit like saying that no one except those who live next to a toxic waste dump could be in favor of cleaning it up?
UPDATE #1: The Board of Ed voted 9-7 in favor of Mrs. Maguire as chairwoman, yay!
UPDATE #2: I corrected earlier speculation about whether Mrs. Maguire homeschools independently vs. through a charter school.