For Mediation to Work, All Stakeholders Must be Present
Last week we began the mediation process, and all major stakeholders were there except for the superintendent. Even the Boston School Committee sent one of its members. It does strike some observers as curious that while on the one hand the superintendent has broadcast that she wants to get to ‘yes’ very quickly, she has refused to attend any of the 300-hour long negotiations’ process, except for a brief moment here or there at the very end of March/early April. Why mention this?
The superintendent has told anyone and everyone that she would like to get this process completed by September 1. We do too. The simple solution is then to get everyone at the table–and that means everyone.