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After vote, let Hempstead move forward

Hempstead School Board President Lamont Johnson stands in

Hempstead School Board President Lamont Johnson stands in a classroom at a "transition school" for students at 100 Main St. on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, in Hempstead. Credit: Howard Schnapp

Give Lamont Johnson credit.

Hempstead's school board president did the right thing by stating very clearly that the board erred in voting to decertify the results of last month's election. Only the state education commissioner can do that, Johnson correctly noted, which means reform-minded Maribel Toure and Gwendolyn Jackson are on track to be sworn in as board members on July 7.

Still, losing candidates Shelley Brazley and David Gates keep complaining about fraud and electioneering. But it seems very unlikely that anything happened -- and certainly is far from proven -- which affected the outcome, the bar for holding a new election.

Johnson is right: It's time to accept the voters' decision and get on with the critical business of improving education for Hempstead's children.