Eyes on Alonso as he draws attention of Chicago
It seems that nearly every superintendent seat that's been vacated in the last year has emerged as a prospect for schools CEO Andres Alonso, whose Baltimore contract is set to expire this year.
First it was Washington, D.C., then it was Atlanta, and then Detroit. And then there was Newark and New York--Alonso's hometowns, and where started his careers--and whose job offers he couldn't possibly refuse. Admittedly, I've become as irritated chasing the rumors, as Alonso probably is having to constantly respond to them.
But, as we reported , a new city has emerged as a contender to possibly lure Alonso away. And from the feedback I've received, unlike the numerous other cities that have circulated in the past, a possible offer from Chicago has some Baltimore education leaders worried.
Clarification: I had been in touch with my counterpart at the Chicago Tribune, our flagship paper, about Alonso's name circulating in high circles over there. Eventually, it was consistent enough that the Tribune felt comfortable going with a story and we agreed.
The Tribune's story outlined all of the candidates who could get an offer from mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel, but top-billed Alonso as one who seems a philosophical match. Chicago experts even weighed in on how Alonso would fit there (I would encourage everyone to check out that commentary in the Tribune's story).
So, with the June 30 deadline for Alonso's contract fast approaching, we can now start asking the fun questions.
Will he stay, or will he go? According to a Baltimore Sun poll, many believe he will be lured away before his contract is renewed.