You can't make this stuff up: Don't write anything down.

I was paging through a July issue of the New York State School Boards Association newspaper, On Board, and spotted an interesting comment from a superintendent, in a story by Lynne Lenhardt, Area 7 Director (has nothing to do with UFOs), who had sent a four-question survey to all the superintendents in her Area. [pullquote]Another superintendent emphasized frank, open, oral dialogue because relying on written communication often leads to misunderstandings.[/pullquote]She doesn't say how many surveys went out or how many responses she received, but I loved this answer to question 1, which was ?Describe the most important characteristics of a really positive and productive superintendent/board working relationship?:

Another superintendent emphasized frank, open, oral dialogue because relying on written communication often leads to misunderstandings.

Yes, those written words are so slippery.

--Peter Meyer, Bernard Lee Schwartz Policy Fellow

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