Sick and Tired
If this is correct, then there are two matters for discussion:
1) An interim as opposed to a long-term hire.
2) The choice of BiHoa Caldwell, who was principal at Aki Kurose for years and most recently at TOPS.
I think we also need to think a bit about the job. What exactly do we expect from the Executive Director of Special Education. What authority does this person have and is that authority commensurate with the job responsibility? What change can this person effect? Does this position have any authority to direct principals or teachers? Assuming the new Executive Director for Special Education had a clear and compelling vision for inclusive classrooms, how could they work to realize that vision in Seattle?
I think some people would like the Executive Director for Special Education to appear like an avenging angel and smite principals and teachers who discriminate against students with disabilities, neglect - if not aggressively violate - IEPs, and fail to offer any real academic instruction to Special Education students - the vast majority of whom have no cognitive disability. Is that within the authority of the job? Can we get an avenging angel? Is that really what we want?
If the Executive Director of Special Education does not wield a firey sword, then this change will have to come through years and years of slow, incremental wheedling and coaxing of principals and teachers and we will have to suffer through years and years of no apparent change. Is that really what we want?