Gloria Tinubu: Who needs academic standards?

While Seventh Congressional District Democratic candidate Gloria "The Green Quitter" Tinubu has made education a key campaign issue, her record shows that she has consistently worked against higher standards for education, seeking to avoid the kind of oversight that is needed to ensure accountability and effectiveness.

Last year, while still a member of the Georgia State House, Tinubu came out against legislation which would allow Georgia Governor Nathan Deal to remove Atlanta school board members if the school district lost its accreditation (the bill was passed and signed into law last year). In the first three minutes of a YouTube video, Tinubu declared her opposition to the bill and bashed SACS, the regional accreditation agency for K-12 schools and colleges, "and the ungodly things they've been attempting to do".

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But it's not the first time that Tinubu has had issues with SACS and the academic accreditation process.

When Tinubu was named President of Barber-Scotia College in Concord, North Carolina in 2004, the college had just lost its SACS accreditation which had been lost just before her arrival. The loss of accreditation resulted in the school losing its eligibility for federal student aid funds, which led to a mass exodus of students from the college, going from around 600 students enrolled to zero just before she left the college in 2006. Even though the restoration of accreditation could have helped boost enrollment, it wasn't until 2009 when the school began to seek re-accreditation.

Perhaps Tinubu avoided seeking re-accreditation for a dying college because dealing with SACS was, to use her words, an "ungodly" process, but given the problems faced by the college, it would seem better than the reality of a shuttered college which marked the end of her tenure there.

It's hard to see how Tinubu would make education a priority as a member of Congress when her career has included a record of failed education leadership and history of avoiding setting and meeting standards for accountability in education.

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