Next su­per­in­ten­dent needs proven re­sults

Record Observer - - Opinion - In­gle­side

As with my April ap­peal, my le­gal coun­sel again ad­vised me that the State Board rarely re­moves elected board mem­bers, “your only rem­edy can be found in their opin­ion and they will prob­a­bly throw your pe­ti­tion out and not open that can of worms with one.”

I must first thank the Mary­land State Board of Ed­u­ca­tion for ren­der­ing such a strong opin­ion. I did not ex­pect it. I must also thank the over 1,800 par­ents, teach­ers, stu­dents and ad­min­is­tra­tors that sup­ported the ap­peals and pe­ti­tions. But, I would be re­miss in not ac­knowl­edg­ing the par­ents that sup­ported the ac­tions of the three board mem­bers.

Make no mis­take. Our school sys­tem is strong and as a whole we are mov­ing for­ward; but the strength and for­ward move­ment are not felt by the many African Amer­i­can, Latino, and eco­nom­i­cally dis­ad­van­taged par­ents that let me know that they were not happy with my ac­tions.

They felt voice­less and pow­er­less and Mrs. (An­nette) DiMag­gio, Mrs. (Jen­nifer) Ge­orge, and Rev. (Ar­lene) Tay­lor gave them a chance to make a state­ment about the qual­ity of teach­ing and learn­ing that their chil­dren are re­ceiv­ing.

They want some­one to hold teach­ers ac­count­able. No one wanted to hear my ac­co­lades for the qual­ity of ed­u­ca­tion that my chil­dren re­ceived or the qual­ity of the teach­ers that I work with. They wanted their sto­ries heard. They did not want their com­plaints to go on deaf ears.

As we move for­ward, it is im­per­a­tive that we hire a su­per­in­ten­dent that has demon­strated re­sults in meet­ing the needs of our data “sub groups.” There are many in­no­va­tive strate­gies that have proven re­sults in meet­ing their needs. Al­ter­na­tive school­ing mod­els, fi­nan­cial in­cen­tives and dig­i­tal ini­tia­tives have achieved suc­cess in some ju­ris­dic­tions. It’s time to think out of the box.

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