See, people, the problem around Bridgewater is: how much news analysis do you get? Very little.
In a real city, you’ve got a number of small publishers out there, competing with each other for a segment of the local news market. So, sure, they’re out there gathering the facts—-but they also give you some editorialization.
In this latest B-R thing, where did you read about the 10 to 13 different superintendents in 30 years? Anywhere? Just here, right?
Do you think Somerville has had that many in 30 years?
Which district do you think has a tougher go at it? Bridgewater, with scores of “plug and play” children, whose parents are either college-educated or otherwise upwardly mobile. And reinforce whatever learning is going on during the school day.
Or Somerville? That has the same kind of student, but also a sizable segment of low-income (enough so that the government will forgive student loans for teachers in the elementary schools there . . . )
You always hear a lot about the Bridgewater district, because the empty vase makes the most noise. (The loudmouths in the crowd are usually the ones with very little to say—writers excepted of course!)
To me, the “news” is: how does Somerville keep superintendents for years, and Bridgewater tosses them out like Fresh Wipes?