Next TPS Superintendent

from WTOL

The board interviewed Deborah Hunter-Harvill, the former superintendent of a school district in Flint, Michigan. She says she wants to help lead the charge for school reform in Toledo.

REALLY? Has any board member checked the status of Flint Schools lately? Would she bring more of Obama style Hope and Change reform to TPS. One only has to look at Flint to see what Harvill's school reform has brought them:

"Flint residents lack the education needed to obtain available employment. In 2000, 25.5% of Flint residents aged 25 years and older did not have a high school diploma. While Flint public schools do post successful graduation rates, many of Flint’s high school graduates are unable to attend college.Those who do often do not return to Flint after getting their degrees."

Is this the type of leadership TPS is looking for? If so Toledoan's can only expect things to get worse in the comming years and soon the schools and town will be boarded up just as Flint is now.

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While I agree with you based on what I know of Flint, MI. It looks like your data is from 2000. Was this person responsible for that data which had o be based on 1999 or earlier. Do not misunderstand me, I am specifically NOT advocating for this candidate, nor am I attacking your premise. I am just asking the question concerning that applicability of that data. Actually, after reading a blog on GCJ concernig this candidate I am incredibly surprised that she is even being considered! There is hope for the greater Toledo area. We are not Flint, we are not the "one horse town" that Flint was. The problem there was one of single source dependency economy wise. Our area has a lot more going on, we just need better leadership. We need it in the public school system and in our local political infrastructure. We do not have to worry about "going to hell in a handbasket". The people supposedly driving the bus would not be able to agree on which direction to take!

The data is old and it was not my intent to signal out Deborah Hunter-Harvill as the sole responsibe party for their failure but more as a collective of the school system over the past 10 years. I apologize to Ms. Hunter if this posting presented that fact in some other fashion. Bad composition on my part.

That said, from more recent articles I read the school system is in shambles. They are closing over half the buildings, the students are failing, the kids are students of crime instead of students of academia and the school system has not taken the necessary measures to adequetly address their failing system during a weak economy except to ask for more tax dollars and stimulus cash. I am sure Ms. Hunter was part of the collective during the past ten years.

If man has no tea in him, he is incapable of understanding truth. ~Japanese Proverb

What amazes me is the thought that these idiots (school board) cant find a single person in the TOLEDO school system worthy of promotion to the position...

Professional administrators only worry about one thing and one thing only...where they will land their next job...

The local lunch lady cares more about the actual students than a hired gun will ever care...

When you put your faith into intellectuals...you will get the same result everytime..failure.

"there are some ideas so preposterous that only an intellectual can believe them" Orwell.

“Political correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.”

Yes, Flint's school system is a trainwreck, as are many urban ones around the nation. I don't know for a fact, but I suspect that Hunter Harvill was a part of the collective during thime that the statistics are based on. She might be a perfect fit for the job in Toledo based on biographical information I have read elsewhere. Look at the facts. She is suing her previous district, has argued publicly with the school board, seems to pander to the media, cannot bring a group to consensus, plays the race card readily, is very well versed in old methodologies that don't work. Sounds like a perfect fit for the job in T town. It would be very interesting to see a new superintendant in TPS who had skills in bringing groups, such as the Board, together. A micro manager isn't whats needed, in any large system there are people in the ranks with content specific skills who can accomplish their job on a daily basis. It appears that what is needed is someone with a larger mission focus who can get all of those squiggly little arrows in the TPS logo moving in the same direction. Unfortunately I haven't seen any candidates with those skill sets come forward. I was hopeful when Vasquez proposed bringing in people from unrelated fields to interview, but that seems to have fallen to the wayside. Many of the effective, innovatve leaders within the system are leaving. Districts outside of TPS are attracting them with with better paying jobs in much saner systems. Along with that the present school Board doesn't seem to be able to act in a collaboratively responsible manner, at least in public, but that is a direct result of the actions ( or in-action) of the voting public in the area. In your reply you say "...and the school system has not taken the necessary steps to address their failing system during a weak economy..." . It seems to me that the "school system" answers to the community it serves, to have an effective system members of the community absolutely must stay involved, not just form groups to take pot shots from the outside! I apologize for rambling on, I have many opinions on this matter. In this area we are lucky enough to have 5 or 6 suburban systems with fairly effectively functioning school systems, that might be enough to attract companies and jobs to the area. It's the inner city that will end up suffering greatly if this mess doesn't start moving in a positive direction.

She is suing her previous district, has argued publicly with the school board, seems to pander to the media, cannot bring a group to consensus, plays the race card readily, is very well versed in old methodologies that don't work.

Oh boy!

Punhurts will love her...she IS perfect for toledo...

“Political correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.”

A good source tells me they offered the job to one of the men on Monday. He wanted way too much money. The board isn't interested in this lady or the other guy. That's why they are interviewing these "non-traditional" candidates today.

I find it curious that these people made it to the final three if the School Board isn't interested in them? I seems to me that appointing someone as "acting", which is how Mr. Foley started, would have given them some room to move and not appear to be making such desperate moves. It also seems that would have been a better approach if they are truly interested in interviewing "non-traditional" candidates. There are probably many things procedurally that I am not privy to which govern how this must be done?

could care less who is superintendent seeing as the last three have hoodwinked, bamboozeled and led us into a morass of money sucking programs that do nothing to further the education of the children this system is built upon.

Unless and until someone is not afraid to challenge the actions and mismanagement at the school level we will never get out of this mess and it doesn't matter who is superintendent nor who is on the school board. The same people doing the same thing over and over again, we (pot shot takers) fight the same battles over and over again, the only hope is if people are more aware, research for the truth and ask the hard questions. The incestuous relationships in Toledo's major systems put the children (regardless of color or economic status) at risk . This person is connected to that person and that person is connected to this person ...............and they all wind up connected to TPS!

is that those who are qualified and put their reputation on the line in an effort to make the prudent, difficult and possibly unpopular decisions will never be seated. The unions and bleeding hearts will see to that. Besides, with the state the schools are in, what quality administrator would want the job when greener pastures are just across the tracks.

If man has no tea in him, he is incapable of understanding truth. ~Japanese Proverb

It would be very interesting to see something happen on the order of what happened at UT a year or so ago. An interim Dean was appointed to the College of Education who was from "outside the system", Dr. Tom Brady. There was a furor from within the faculty and staff due to his not having come up through the system. As I understand it he has done extremely well there in effecting change. Although, as you so aptly point out, why would someone of this caliber be attracted to working out a mess of this magnitude. Someone with clear leadership abilities, a sense of how to facilitate effective organizational change, and no career aspirations in the system could accomplish much good. They might not end up being the most popular, but maybe that should not be the goal.

addendum, Lonny Rivera would have had my interest for superintendent but I guess he saw greener pastures elsewhere.........I believe he could have made changes happen...."se la vie" or something like that......

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