Governing bodies with term limits and shifting leadership are the problem, he says, and they should be phased out and replaced with privately held corporations.
âNow if we go to the general public and we say, 'Here's an argument why you should get rid of school boards,' of course no one's going to go for that,â Hastings said at a California Charter Schools Association conference earlier this month. âSchool boards have been an iconic part of America for 200 years.â
Local anti-charter school activists responded by saying that school boards are "iconic" because they're a foundation of local government. They wield authority to levy taxes and should reflect the community's values.
Hastings sits on Rocketship's national advisory board and has poured millions of dollars into the up-and-coming charter chain. He also donated $50,000 to a political action committee that backed pro-charter Santa Clara County Office of Education members.
âAristocracy and oligarchy have been tried plenty of times,â Brett Bymaster, of StopRocketship.com, editorialized online. âOur predecessors got on a boat to escape them. We don't want our progeny to have to do the same.â
Here's a clip of the keynote address: