In public education editorializing, the Times mantra seems to be, "keeping saying the same thing over and over and it'll work." Well, it does sometimes but not always. (You have to wonder about this tactic given their dropping subscription rates - people like to read about NEW things.)
Here's their latest and it's fairly boring reading because it's the same old wording. "Dysfunctional", they get the number of students in SPS wrong ("nearly 50k" - geez, aren't they journalists?), "melodrama" and, of course, should we have a conversation about governance?
Here's my comments to them:
Times, you don't you ever get tired of the same old tired lines? "this dysfunctional district?"
As well, the Times also has an accounting of the Special Education director story. You know, the one where the district hired a new Sped director, she was there for several months, then poof! gone with almost no explanation. (I knew from sources what the issue was but did not feel I had enough to print.) Turns out that Ms. McWilliams seemingly had steered the bidding on a Sped contract to the vendor she wanted. She used a personal e-mail address to send a friend at that vendor company information about the other vendors' bids.
She now has a 3-month payout (on top of being paid to sit around for several months) and the promise to "never apply for a job" with SPS again. But she even got a letter of reference.
Her lawyer said she was charged by SPS to come in and get things done and quickly. This is true. It also seemed in her nature to move at a high speed and that may have rubbed some the wrong way. (I know that Superintendent Banda personally recruited her from the district she had previously worked at in California.)
One funny note: the district is calling McWilliams out for not following district policy and that "investigators said they think McWilliams knew the rules." Sound familiar? You would have "thought" that Nyland - a seasoned administrator coming into the largest district in the state - would have know the policies (or that a handler would have guided him thru the process the first couple of times).
Of course, I'm not equating what she did to Nyland. I am saying that one issue at the district is that, apparently, they don't get new senior hires up-to-speed on policies and procedures very well.