The last time Seattle tried to hire a superintendent, the process, and the result, was awful. But, as most people know, hiring a strong superintendent for a large urban school district is a very difficult thing to do.
Take a look at back at what happened in Seattle:
Schools urged to call off search, start over - Seattle PI
Education: The School Board Flunks Google 101 - Seattle Weekly
Interim schools chief named superintendent - Seattle Times
Seattle has a new superintendent - Shark blog
And read about what happened in Los Angeles on Friday: All Eyes Are on Schools Chief as He Takes Stage
And finally, read these two very interesting articles:
Turnover at the Top, from the American School Board Journal
"An Impossible Job? The View From the Urban Superintendent's Chair," from Seattle's Center on Reinventing Public Education at UW
I still believe Seattle needs a new superintendent. But I also believe we need to be realistic about the challenges we face if we head down that road.