Parents of public school students in particular and all Nashvillians concerned about education focused their attention last week on the arrival of four candidates for the post of Director of Metro Schools.
All brought sterling credentials strengthened in every case by demonstrated commitment to improving urban education.
No matter which of the four apparently extraordinarily qualified individuals is chosen to succeed retiring Director Bill Wise, that person will have what we in the South call a hard row to hoe even in the best of circumstances.
And in worse circumstances, which may not be that far off if some federal legislation continues to move forward, the job of leading Metro Schools will become even harder.
In Washington last week, the Senate passed a complicated education bill