A Virginia newspaper wrote a scathing critique of Terry McAuliffe’s poor grasp on grammar in his recent education reform op-ed.
For instance, he writes: “If a school district wants to break up the tests or administer tests differently to children with different learning styles, they should have the flexibility to do so.” They? A school district is a singular, not a plural, noun.
McAuliffe writes that he has proposed a Blue Ribbon commission “comprised of” various parties. “Comprise” means “include” or “contain.” A commission either comprises various parties, or is composed of them.