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By: Michael Sims  09-12-2011

I have at least a little bit of sympathy for the trustees involved. If your child is a teacher, nearly every decision made by the Board is going to involve a conflict of interest to some extent. If one takes an expansive definition of conflict of interest, the Trustee should recuse herself from every single vote.

Luckily, my children are not anywhere near old enough to work as teachers. No conflicts here!


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