The Republic's EJ Montini has decided that Diane Douglas isn't qualified to be Superintendent of Public Instruction.
In order to prepare herself for the state's highest elected education office Diane Douglas, Arizona's new superintendent of public instruction, was homeschooled -- by herself.
There are two things wrong with this line of attack--and it is an attack. The first is that Montini uses the quote in order to imply that Douglas doesn't have a degree. In fact, according to her website, Douglas has a "Bachelor of Science degree in Business/Marketing from Rutgers University."
The second problem with this line of attack? What are Montini's qualifications? Here's a quote from a tribute that the paper wrote about Montini in order to mark his 25th year with the paper:
Montini came to Phoenix and this newspaper in December 1979, working in the features department.
One day, an editor asked if anybody had heard of a sculptor named Louise Nevelson.
Montini, who had taken one art-history class in college, raised his hand and spent the next seven years writing about the arts.
He was named a columnist in 1986, and has been writing three columns per week ever since, for a total of something close to 3,500 stories.
Talk about "homeschooled". The paper is actually bragging that Montini moved from the features department to Arts columnist and had only taken one art-history class. After serving for seven years as an unqualified Arts Columnist, the paper moved him to the political beat, where he has written thousand of columns despite having no qualifications.
For her part, Douglas--in addition to her degree from Rutgers--served for 8 years on the Peoria School Board, eventually rising to Board President. There's no question that she's qualified for the job.
Montini....well, not so much.