I have tried to be an educational activist as columnist John Florez recently encouraged parents to be (Aug. 11). However, experiences attending school board meetings and dealing with district officials have convinced me structure does not promote accountability, even with an elected school board.

Ultimately, control of information is a fundamental source of power. In school districts, knowledge and power are controlled by the superintendent. But the superintendent only answers to a majority of the school board. This insulated arrangement fosters an extremely narrow atmosphere of accountability that even coordinated parental involvement rarely influences.

Those with the real power need to be more directly answerable to the public. Might this be achieved by requiring school district superintendents to regularly stand for public retention elections?

William F. Anderson

Salt Lake City