Seriously, is that the image of a dynamic leader capable of closing the academic achievement gap, the financial gap, and credibility gap of a troubled school system that’s on the verge of losing accreditation? Or does it look like a little kid who knows he’s not supposed to be sitting in a big boy chair yet?
Michael Thurmond, the temporary interim Superintendent of the DeKalb School System, “told state lawmakers that he will be the sole person making next week’s presentation to the state Board of Education – which will then decide whether to remove all nine members of the local board.” Well, isn’t that a relief! The person currently in charge of running the 3rd-largest school system in Georgia will go to the State Board of Education to argue that the people who hired him should keep their positions -because they have done such a good job in hiring him. This is idiocy on stilts.
The State Board of Education is not evaluating whether Mr. Thurmond should keep his job. They are charged with recommending whether the nine members of the DeKalb School Board should keep theirs. The DeKalb School Board is unable to articulate any argument in their own defense, and instead have chosen a glad-handing mouthpiece to appear in their place. Hiring Thurmond as a Superintendent with zero experience in public education raised some questions about the DeKalb School Board’s collective judgement. But sending him to argue before the BOE answered those questions. They can’t make the case for keeping their own jobs.
Which should tell the State Board of Education all they need to know.