Next superintendent needs proven results
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.