The evidentiary hearing to be held in Erie to help the PA Department of Education decide the fate of Erie County’s application for a community college has been delayed due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Erie County Councilman Carl Anderson pointed out, meanwhile, that the Board of Education plans to conduct the rest of its business this week by teleconference. There were initial indications that the community college hearing would also go on in virtual form and be streamed on the Board of Education website.
“It’s difficult to accept that the other business of the board will take place as scheduled … and not the community college hearing,” Anderson said.
Supporters have repeatedly argued that online alternatives to a community college are not adequate. In this interesting twist, Erie County Councilman Carl Anderson and the Erie Times editorial board, strong advocates for the college, are now promoting the idea of a teleconference in place of the local hearing. In other words, they want to have an online alternative to a physical, face to face meeting. It seems when online alternatives serve their purposes, online is fine, when they don’t, online is inadequate. OK, got it.