Don’t give Ver­letta White a free pass

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - NEWS -

School board can­di­date Pete Fitz­patrick ex­cuses Ver­letta White, Bal­ti­more County’s act­ing su­per­in­ten­dent, for her “er­ror in judg­ment” when fill­ing out her dis­clo­sure forms con­cern­ing ac­cept­ing paid out­side em­ploy­ment while work­ing full time by Bal­ti­more County be­cause a “re­view panel found that the forms could have been con­fus­ing” (“County school board should hire Ver­letta White with­out de­lay,” April 5).

If such an ed­u­cated and high-level per­son found them con­fus­ing, how could an av­er­age per­son fill the forms out prop­erly? On the other hand, if Ms. White couldn’t get through the dis­clo­sure forms, should she be con­sid­ered for the po­si­tion of per­ma­nent su­per­in­ten­dent?

I don’t think so. “Let’s get this done” just doesn’t cut it for choos­ing some­one for Bal­ti­more County’s top ed­u­ca­tion job to suc­ceed the in­fa­mous Dal­las Dance who was fired for the very same “er­ror in judg­ment” in not re­port­ing out­side pay.

An­other Robert Dubel, whom Mr. Fitz­patrick fondly re­mem­bers from his own school years, would in­deed be ex­cel­lent. And the way to find him or her is ex­actly to do an­other na­tional search, which Mr. Fitz­patrick de­cries be­cause Ms. White “came up in this sys­tem.” Per­haps, at the end, Ms. White would in­deed be found to be the best avail­able per­son for the job, but at least we would know that she wasn’t hired just be­cause “Let’s get this done” was the modus operandi.

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