In many school reform efforts, teachers are cast as the problem. Today, I write about the success of a district that viewed teachers as the solution. In a provocative guest column, Leah Ward Sears, former chief justice of the Georgia Supreme Court, disagrees with her friend and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas on the efficacy of affirmative action. Sears says affirmative action and its resulting diversity have enriched colleges and the country. Readers shake their heads in amazement over the soap opera in Cherokee County, where a freshman school board member was arrested for allegedly making false allegations about the superintendent.