"This new school year will be the seventh year that the district will be led by someone who was not qualified for the job."
We are now in the 8th consecutive year, and we are all paying the price. Marshak writes:
"Unlike Olchefske, Manhas is evidently a people person. But exactly like Olchefske, he had no prior experience with schools and no particular understanding of or expertise in the issues of urban schooling."
In reference to Raj's original school closure plan, he writes:
"Manhas' solution to his budget woes was to close schools. Yet, the school-closing plan he constructed had no connection to academic achievement and no coherent rationale for its choices. Academically it was clueless. Politically it was such a disaster that even the mayor felt the need to attack it."
The same thing could be said of his current Phase II closure proposal. And finally:
"...the tragedy of Stanford's untimely death has now been compounded by repeated errors in judgment by School Board members who have put men into the superintendent's job who were neither experienced educators nor capable political leaders."
We deserve better. Better schools. A better plan. Better leadership.
See Isn't it time Seattle had superintendent who knows schools? to read the full article by David Marshak.