So this is the end of Rudy Crew?
The defeat of Evelyn Greer changes the math of a school board that had managed to resist making Crew the one-man embodiment of the brutal economics that have befallen the state's public schools. The giant cuts that have devastated school budgets across Florida became, in Miami-Dade, the election-day purposes, the failing of a single administrator.
It was demagoguery, of course. And this school board electioneering only served to let South Florida's legislators, who were responsible for the budget-shortfalls, off the hook. If it was all Rudy Crew's fault, then Marco Rubio and his gang of self-anointed "reformers" who invented this mess can't be held accountable. When the school board candidates railed that the Crew was wasting vast amounts of money, they were not only torturing reality, they were creating the impression that the state cuts of hundreds of millions really aren't the cause of the layoffs and there elimination of beloved programs.
But the anti-Crew faction have set themselves up for a brutal reckoning. First, the new majority must find $700,000 in a depleted budget to pay Crew's severance. Then they'll find themselves, not some straw man occupying the super's office, responsible for another $48 million in cuts. More funding cuts are coming after the election to account for unanticipated declines in sales and property taxes. And there's shrinking enrollments. Each lost student means $7,000 less money from the state.
They'll miss Rudy. Without him, who're they gonna blame for the next crisis?