Amid falling test scores, Alonso intends to renew contract
Baltimore city schools CEO Andres Alonso said this week that he intends to sign a new contract, which expires Thursday, even amid test results showing that the city's Maryland School Assessment scores took their first significant dive under his tenure. Read about the state and city's MSA results here.
While Alonso did not say when he would sign his contract, he alluded to what he said back in 2007 when he first came to the city about his likely commitment to Baltimore.
“I said on day one that I need to be here for 10 years for it to change—and I have stuck to my word, and continue to stick to my word," Alonso told The Sun . "If it were easy, I would be someplace else already. The reason why it takes focused leadership over time is because it is not easy.”
The city noted a 5 percentage point decrease in math, and a 3 percentage point decrease in reading on the 2011 Maryland School Assessments, according to data released Wednesday. A deeper analysis by The Sun, showed stark plummets in a variety of data sets. We will be releasing those details tomorrow.
“Quite frankly, this makes it far more important—it’s personal—so, there’s no way I’d go anywhere else," Alonso said of the MSA results. The CEO said that there was "no way, I step away from the fight. So, you have to deal with me for four years or until I get fired.”