Any candidates out there for the superintendent’s job in Atlanta?
A Get Schooled poster suggested that the APS board has already been sizing up potential candidates. The poster wrote on an earlier blog: “Dr. Marcia Lyles former Deputy Chancellor of New York City Public Schools and Now Superintendent in Delaware has been seen meeting with School Board Members in Atlanta. A good choice. Stan Mims a former Superintendent, also from New York City Public Schools is a strong candidate. Arlene Ackaman would be the best choice but wont leave Philadelphia anytime soon, then there is Linda Darling Hammond a professor at Stanford University. In house there is Randy Bynum who is well liked by principals because he is not dogmatic like many of the Executive leadership team. There are many principals to consider but the board is too stupid to consider them. There is Tyrone Smith at Mays, Vincent Murray at Grady, Shirlene Carter at Southside, Melody Morgan at Coretta Scott King and a few other Principals who has the skills and work ethic to do the work. There is a few Middle School Principals that have the skills, Andre Williams at Coan Middle School, Dr. Battle at King Middle School and even Betsy Bockman at inman is said to know the work.”
A few people have suggested Michelle Rhee from the Washington, D.C., system, but I don’t think she would come to Atlanta. With the trend in hiring non educators to the job, the field is considerably wider. Georgia has not experimented with hiring non educators as superintendents. Not sure if Atlanta is willing to be the first.
Here is what blogger Andrew J. Rotherham of Eduwonk.com said about alternative candidates in his Time.com column:
Meanwhile, the record of school leaders who come into education from other fields is mixed. Yet the same is obviously true of school leaders from within education – these jobs require a blend of managerial, political, and leadership skills, and not just anyone can succeed in these roles. However, as with teaching, there is no evidence that school leadership preparation programs or the elaborate credentialing requirements for school leaders have any impact on quality.
One popular source of executive talent for school districts the armed services. Yet in my admittedly unscientific sample of about a dozen former military leaders, their success or failure seems to have less to do with the rank they attained than what they actually did in the service. For instance, those who implemented big changes or captained a new kind of ship seemed to have an easier go of it than those who oversaw already established processes.
That’s why questioning education’s relentless focus on certifications is not the same as arguing that anyone can teach or lead a school. Though education is frequently compared to medicine, it is in fact more akin to journalism or business (or policy analysis), where a blend of credentials and past performance informs high-stakes hiring decisions. That’s imperfect, too, but a better fit for an industry like education than today’s slavish devotion to credentials.