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April 3, 2008

Super superintendents

A recent article in the Christian Science Monitor reports something many of us have heard before --- good superintendents are hard to find; harder yet is keeping them. The current trend of fewer qualified candidates, especially minorities, to fill the vacancies has created what is called the "rock star superintendent." And apparently there is one in our own backyard:

"Successful 'rock star' superintendents, including Rudy Crew of Miami-Dade in Florida and Joe Hairston in Baltimore, show that the right fit can be helpful for improving academic performance and reducing discipline problems, experts say. Mr. Crew was named superintendent of the year in 2007 by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)."

To read more, click here.

Posted by Gina Davis at 6:03 AM | | Comments (4)
Categories: Around the Nation, Baltimore County, Trends


hahahahhahahahahahah- you have got to be kidding me

What qualifies him as a rockstar? He's late to meetings and leaves early? Administrators "clean up" when he comes to visit? Obviously whoever claimed Hairston as a rockstar was either bribed or is related to him.
In a county that is so poorly organized, a county that had to pay millions of dollars in order to reveal the inadequacies of their curriculum (when all they really needed to do was ask the teachers), a county that can't even provide a COLA raise for their teachers despite a SURPLUS.

Oh thats right, Hairston didn't even ASK for a raise for his teachers..... I guess being a rockstar means being "all mighty" "too good for the little people" "ignorant to the daily routine" and OVERPAID- then yes he is a rockstar.

When I read the article the only thing I could find that qualified Hairston as a rock star was that he's been in the same job for 8 years and is a minority. Wow there are some minority teachers in the county who must be superstars since they have been in BCPS for 25 years or more! Did the "rock star" advocate for those teachers? NO because he scared to death 1. to make waves and 2. of Jim Smith
What an inspiring leader.

It does seem a little soon to give Dr. Hairston the "rock star" title.

In addition to the teachers' pay raise issue, he has remained silent on the Towson schools overcrowding problem. This has left parents in the uncomfortable position of challenging a powerful county executive, with no public support from Dr. Hairston.

See our blog post on the subject here:

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