In the Baltimore Jewish Times last week, state Sen. Lisa Gladden was quoted about why she's endorsing Sheila Dixon in the city's mayoral race.
"She wanted a change in the schools, she wanted to recapture some of the glory of the system she attended and graduated from," Gladden was quoted as saying. "She found and hired a dynamic leader (Andres Alonso, Baltimore City Public Schools CEO). She could have played it safe.... But she didn't hesitate and that speaks volumes about her ability to lead."
Um, not exactly. It was actually the Baltimore school board that recruited and hired Alonso. In fact, Dixon stated publicly that she wanted to be a part of the process to find a new schools CEO, but until the week of Alonso's appointment, she was kept out of the loop. School officials said Dixon was the only person besides the board members who met Alonso before his appointment was made public in June, but at that point, his hiring was already a done deal.