In the never ending quest to find a superintendent for the District of Columbia’s public schools, a surprise candidate has emerged as the leading contender for the job no one seems to want. The potential head of DC schools is the current director of social services for the state of Virginia – who has no experience in education, except, we assume, as a student.

But that’s not why he’s a surprise. It seems most of the search committee tasked with finding a superintendent had never heard of this person until they read in the paper that he was the "leading candidate". The members of the panel are pissed about being kept in the dark, of course. But what did they expect? This is just business as usual in DC government, following the fine example set by the people who are really running the city (aka Congress).