Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton says he will stay on as mayor if he isn't named superintendent of Memphis City Schools: http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2008/mar/24/24mayor/ . The Memphis Flyer isn't impressed, comparing Herenton to one of Gild Radner's SNL characters: http://www.memphisflyer.com/memphis/Content?oid=oid%3A40911
Education leadership is experiencing unprecedented flux at the local level in Tennessee. Herenton isn't the only Tennessee city official thinking of jumping to the school system, though. Nashville Metro Council member Eric Crafton recently announced he's considering a school board bid. Today the City Paper reports he wants term limits for school board members: http://www.nashvillecitypaper.com/news.php?viewStory=59248 . Such a move certainly gets people used to hearing his name coupled with the school board slot.