Here yesterday, gone today
An awful lot of administrators in the city school system are worried about losing their jobs under the new regime of Andres Alonso. Here at Classroom Connections (or whatever we decide to call ourselves when we settle on a new name), we'll be keeping track of high-profile departures. The big ones so far:
1. Marilyn Perez, the area academic officer overseeing middle schools, announced her resignation Friday. Perez, you may recall, became rather unpopular with the kids she oversaw when she canceled all non-academic field trips last spring. She'd been in her job just a year, and she was on maternity leave during part of it. Previously, she had resigned abruptly from a new position overseeing a group of low-performing schools in Philadelphia.
2. Linda Chinnia, the chief academic officer, abruptly resigned on the first day of school. Chinnia got into hot water a few years ago when the system adopted a controversial middle school English curriculum that tried to interest kids in reading by giving them magazines like CosmoGIRL!, only to drop the curriculum midyear amid a public outcry. Still, she'd been in the system for decades and was well-regarded by many of her peers.
3. Jennifer Green, the system's director of secondary school instruction, resigned over the summer. Green had worked previously with former CEO Bonnie Copeland at the Fund for Educational Excellence.
Know of any others on the way out? Drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.