APS leadership landing top roles in other districts

If  you assumed the taint of the ongoing and still unresolved CRCT cheating investigation would undermine the careers of APS leaders, that doesn’t appear to be the case.

According to the AJC:

Randolph Bynum, the city district’s associate superintendent for high schools, was named this week as the new superintendent of schools in Sumter County, S.C.

Bynum officially starts July 1. APS’s deputy superintendent for instruction, Kathy Augustine, was picked last week as a lone finalist to lead the suburban DeSoto Independent School District in Texas. Both of their departures coincide with that of Atlanta Superintendent Beverly Hall, who will leave the district June 30 after a 12-year tenure.

–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog

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no mas

April 28th, 2011
9:06 pm

Kathy Augustine, too.

(DESOTO, TX) — On Wednesday, April 20, the DeSoto ISD Board of Trustees selected Dr. Kathy Augustine as the lone finalist for the position of superintendent for DeSoto ISD. Dr. Augustine is the current associate superintendent of instruction for the Atlanta Public Schools in Georgia. The search for a new superintendent began in January after current Superintendent Lloyd Treadwell announced his retirement this coming June.

http://dallasisdblog.dallasnews.com/archives/2011/04/desoto-isd-selects-atlanta-sch.html

atlmom

April 28th, 2011
9:21 pm

what all these school systems need is new blood, but that ain’t ever going to happen, it seems.

8040two

April 28th, 2011
10:51 pm

The cancers spread.

Exteacher

April 29th, 2011
1:32 am

There is no justice. Who hires these people and why? Is the pool really that shallow?

Former Middle School Teacher

April 29th, 2011
7:03 am

School administrators are like CEO’s no matter how incompetent you are, once you reach a certain level you just get passed around.

catlady

April 29th, 2011
7:21 am

Most CO staff that I know (in my vast 38 year experience) were poor teachers and incompetent administrators. Yet they reap the financial rewards! It is unfathomable. Do these school districts do ANY vetting? I daresay virtually no one in the top three levels of administration in APS, Dekalb, or maybe also Fulton are competent to be around things educational.

Dr NO

April 29th, 2011
7:37 am

Its kindve like years ago when DeKalb County hired that police chief from I believe Dallas TX. Come to find out he was basically being ran out of Dallas for incompetence and theft.

These sorry govt employees take care of their own.

Chris Murphy, Atlanta, GA

April 29th, 2011
7:41 am

It’s obvious that some of these folks got their positions through BS, in APS and after. Doesn’t say much for those who hired them. I surely hope they know to reserve expenses in coming back to ATL when they are subpoenaed by Bowers, et al.

Maureen- have there been any AJC reports about the resignations of APS Ethics Committee members? 3 supposedly resigned, and hearings were cancelled/postponed. New mess at APS?

Atlanta mom

April 29th, 2011
8:01 am

East Cobb Parent

April 29th, 2011
8:49 am

You can add Cobb to Catlady’s list. Also, King has backed out of the search due to salary negotiations.

justbrowsing

April 29th, 2011
8:54 am

@East Cobb Parent- I looked on the Cobb website and noticed that there are 335 teaching jobs open at this time. What is going on around there? That is unbelievable.

A Conservative Voice

April 29th, 2011
9:00 am

Well, that’s two more gone……pretty soon we’ll be able to get back to the business of educating Atlanta’s youth…..it might take one or two more election cycles, though.

Chris Murphy, Atlanta, GA

April 29th, 2011
9:34 am

@ Atlanta mom: Thanks!

Susan Pease Langford now wants to be APS attorney? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! I can only hope- against all previous experience- that the APS BOD won’t consider her. I do wish they had my sense of humor.

Anna

April 29th, 2011
9:38 am

Totally corrupt.

Dr NO

April 29th, 2011
9:43 am

It really doesnt matter. The same corruption and incompetency will infest APS again.

Just watch.

Lee

April 29th, 2011
9:52 am

Unless a school system has severe problems with leadership (APS, Dekalb, Clayton, etc), there is really no need for a school system to go outside the district to find a superintendent. It’s called succession planning and if you pay attention to the successful corporations, they do it quite well.

What this means is that one of the duties of the Superintendent is to groom his direct reports to eventually take the role of super.

Makes me wonder why Cobb decided to go outside the system.

thomas

April 29th, 2011
10:21 am

I really am not sure exactly what a person’s teaching ability has anything to do with his/her effectiveness as a superintendent (or administrator in general) as their job is not to teach. They do need to understand what it is like to be working as a teacher, I suppose, but do you think the CEO of UPS has ever driven a delivery truck? Does that matter? I think someone without teaching experience/excellence may still be an effective administrator, just as someone with such experience/excellence may turn out to be an ieffective administrator. It is the talent about being an administrator that matters.

A Conservative Voice

April 29th, 2011
10:24 am

Maureen, please inform your readers/commenters why you choose to publish blogs such as this. Is it because you support these people and that you still support BH? Inquiring minds want to know :)

Ole Guy

April 29th, 2011
10:25 am

The American Way: INEPTITUDE AT THE HIGHEST LEVELS. We see it in industry, the gov, and now education. Retirements a-lookin betternbetter every day…

Well

April 29th, 2011
10:46 am

If Sumpter is getting one of the Bynum boys who have served in Cobb Co they are in for a rude awakening. They will have a lawsuit on their hands before Christmas.

Maureen Downey

April 29th, 2011
11:36 am

@A Conservative. Not sure how this shows support. Many people on this blog, including me, thought it would be tough for APS officials — whether directly involved or through implication — to escape this scandal, and yet they are landing what seem to be great jobs.
Just raises lots of questions for me.
Maureen

Reality Check

April 29th, 2011
1:05 pm

And the virus just spreads.

EnoughAlready

April 29th, 2011
1:15 pm

Would you rather they become welfare queen/kings? Should they become homeless?

Sometimes people can actually correct their past and move on to redemption. You will never know unless you actually give them a chance.

EnoughAlready

April 29th, 2011
1:16 pm

Plus, what happened in APS wasn’t criminal; bad judgement is not a reason to destroy a career.

What's best for kids?

April 29th, 2011
1:23 pm

Maureen, the only question that it raises is why the people who are hiring these folks have not done a complete background check. Some people lie on resumes (ala Rhee). Others omit things. And the bottom line is that the masses don’t keep up with what is going on in education. If they did, they would know that we are in more trouble than they think.

Tonya C.

April 29th, 2011
1:28 pm

EnoughAlready:

I call B.S. This is some distant memory, a transgression of the past. This is an active, current investigation. And teachers’ careers are destroyed everyday for FAR less. In fact, something as simple as the decision to move school districts after a contract is signed but before the school year starts can get your certificate revoked.

I don’t want them homeless, but I sure as s*it don’t want them having anything to do with education for a VERY LONG TIME.

Maureen Downey

April 29th, 2011
1:30 pm

@Wht’s best, I think the hiring districts know this stuff. They get the e-mails, too. But they either dismiss it or overlook it.
Maureen

What's best for kids?

April 29th, 2011
1:32 pm

Then it’s even worse than I feared.

APS Teacher

April 29th, 2011
1:50 pm

@ EnoughAlready-

“bad judgment”?

I would call systemic cheating and an established culture of fear & retaliation more than “bad judgment.” And, incidentally, simple “bad judgment” does in fact destroy careers every day. If I smack one of my students in the mouth and say it was a moment of bad judgment, I will still lose my teaching certificate.

EnoughAlready

April 29th, 2011
1:54 pm

APS Teacher – I would rather you continue your career than to provide for you on my dime; I personally wouldn’t care where you went in the future.

Top School

April 29th, 2011
3:25 pm

APS officials have destroyed many careers with their wreck-less corrupt behavior and damaged an entire city’s public schools with their disregard for policy, procedures, laws, and their refusal to provide proper channels to report wrongdoing without retaliation.

This regime has taken orders from the TOP down and willing to do anything to keep it covered up.

Where is the PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS COMMISSION in all of this?
Why hasn’t the governor reported these individuals?

Any TEACHER would be stripped of a certificate to teach having been involved in much less…

http://www.TopPublicSchoolCorruptionAtlanta.com

Top School

April 29th, 2011
3:33 pm

No worse than what the church does with pedophile priests…These individuals have no interest in education of children.

Given the opportunity to make a difference in education …they sold out…and filled their greedy pockets with the taxpayers money.

EnoughAlready SAID…

April 29th, 2011
1:16 pm Plus, what happened in APS wasn’t criminal; bad judgement is not a reason to destroy a career.

What happened in APS is CRIMINAL and the Georgia Governor is allowing these folks to go unpunished.

Top School

April 29th, 2011
3:40 pm

Thomas…an IDIOT’S RESPONSE to CORRUPTION…

April 29th, 2011
10:21 am

I really am not sure exactly what a person’s teaching ability has anything to do with his/her effectiveness as a superintendent (or administrator in general) as their job is not to teach. They do need to understand what it is like to be working as a teacher, I suppose, but do you think the CEO of UPS has ever driven a delivery truck? Does that matter? I think someone without teaching experience/excellence may still be an effective administrator, just as someone with such experience/excellence may turn out to be an ieffective administrator. It is the talent about being an administrator that matters.

Are you an AZZ wiper to ONE OF these APS fools…
What other excuses can you fester?
http://www.TopPublicSchoolCorruptionAtlanta.com

Burroughston Broch

April 29th, 2011
4:23 pm

This is exactly the way the ED Biz works. If you want to get rid of someone, you give them a glowing recommendation and pawn them off on someone else. The person on the receiving end knows to hold their nose and NOT check around too much about the candidate.

Doris M

April 29th, 2011
4:38 pm

The cheating investigation has not yet been completed; therefore, nothing is on the cited administrators records. They’re getting the new jobs while their reputations are still intact. My question: Why is the investigation taking SO LONG?

civil rights marchers

April 29th, 2011
4:48 pm

Get your walking shoes on brothers and sisters. It is time to overcome the segregation that Bynum put in place at Grady High School under the guise of “transformation.”

He got rid of a magnet program that allowed smart blacks from all over Atlanta to come to school intown. Replace it with a closed door for out-of-zone blacks & a closed door internally for in-zone-blacks.

In any fair and unbiased school, how do you end up with almost all of the minority in number (in this case the white students) of students in the former magnet program and almost all of the majority in number (the blacks) filling up the other three schools?

It ends up that way when you are too afraid of the power WHITE mom club at Grady who take all of the money (including Title I money for the poor) and resources and then claim their kids are so great because they went to a diverse high school so they can get a leg up on the white private school kids. How many blacks are on the Communication hall? Eating lunch does NOT count as going to school with blacks.

NAACP where are you? We might not need you if Bynum and Hall take this cap away from our schools when they leave.

catlady

April 29th, 2011
5:55 pm

Ms. Downey@11:36: Think about Kathy Cox et al “escaping” to sweet cushions for a how-to manual.

catlady

April 29th, 2011
5:57 pm

Doris M asked an important question.

Top School

April 29th, 2011
7:30 pm

The connected Black Folk have been working this underground railroad to the Northside Schools since the 1960’s.

Those CONNECTED BLACK FOLK working the system in the White Hood…have sold out…as did most of the internal workings of APS. Those minorities in leadership positions that could make a difference in the systems and how they operate… did not help their own people.

That’s why it is taking so long…that’s why Beverly Hall still holds her position…and the others are not scarred by their unethical conduct.

It is pay back time for the WHITE BUSINESS BUCKHEAD COMMUNITY …Beverly Hall and all her APS minions will trade what they know…for the protection they will receive for keeping their mouths shut. This is how Buckhead operates…with the help of the Governor’s Office and all those elite folk…the White neighborhood gets what they want…and manipulates all the LAWS with the help of the connected White Folk… that will keep it all under cover.

The Black Folk move on…to other jobs…where they will SELL OUT to the White Folk, again.

Put on a Buckhead Smile…Shame, Shame, Shame on both RACES of HUMANITY…and those that turn a blind eye to the corruption.

http://www.TopPublicSchoolCorruptionAtlanta.com

Top School

April 29th, 2011
8:10 pm

From 1998-2001 it was disgusting to watch the current White Principal of Jackson Elementary order her Black Assistant Principal to FIND SMART BLACK CHILDREN in “GOOD” ZIP CODES to attend the Northside APS schools when enrollment numbers were down.

The current Assistant Principal at Jackson runs behind the White Folks like a maid inside the Plantation House. She has lost all respect for herself as she sells out to the neighborhood for the social status of being “accepted” among what she considers to be the success of the White Hood.

Sad, disgraceful display of 2011 southern white customs.
This is their idea of charity work to help some of the Black Folk in Atlanta.
But these Black Folk are trained to KNOW THEIR PLACE.
And yes, Maureen …it is all about RACE…

http://www.TopPublicSchoolCorruptionAtlanta.com

Top School

April 29th, 2011
8:21 pm

Sworn testimony disclosed HOW the BLACK CHILDREN where chosen to attend the NORTHSIDE APS SCHOOL – Jackson Elementary under the leadership of Principal Lorraine Reich.

Read the testimony at
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urvDMBN6y4k

Top School

April 29th, 2011
8:24 pm

Bynum followed the Reich recipe… THIS IS HOW IT WORKS ON THE NORTHSIDE OF Atlanta Public Schools

Maureen Downey

April 29th, 2011
9:41 pm

@catlady, My view – based on a few conversations with teachers who were interviewed — is that investigators have to sift through a lot of speculation to get to something useful. I still wonder how many, if any, people will face charges related to cheating. I think it is going to be hard to prove. I also wonder if the momentum has slowed now that Gov. Perdue is out of office. This was his battle. I am not sure if Deal shares his zeal.
Maureen

Karma

April 30th, 2011
8:03 am

What a bunch of toolbags these folks are. Perhaps indictments will keep them from taking their new plush jobs. Who in the heck would want that crazy Augustine woman??? She is scary, just scary. I am so glad that I did not sign my contract. No more APS for me! No more public school for me either. Worst choice I ever made. I may be cleaning bathrooms at McDonald’s but at least I can watch all of this from afar… and laugh.

another view

April 30th, 2011
9:08 am

People generally aren’t that magnanimous, @No. What these places are looking for are folks who are willing to raise test scores at any cost, particularly that of kids’ education. While these people may not yet have been indicted, the school boards hiring them are unlikely to have been uninformed as to APS’ troubles.

another view

April 30th, 2011
9:20 am

Maureen, it may be that Deal does not have the grudge that Purdue has, but the young inexperienced (and apparently quite mean-spirited) kid he unfortunately left in charge of OSA certainly still carries it, and in any case the APS tsunami is already rolling and would be very hard to stop at this point. While criminal charges conceivably might still be averted, it would be next to impossible to legally turn the PSC from its statutory responsibilities pertaining to educator ethics.

Ole Guy

April 30th, 2011
11:11 am

Re Maureen’s remark, 29 April, 1330 hrs: There is absolutely no doubt that hiring districts are fully aware of the “unglowing” track records of these former APS “leaders”. There can be one, and only one answer to the question “why do these districts hire such losers”? The answer: public education, on a widespread basis, is a losing cause; a sinking ship. Those at the top have their life preservers/shameful salaries/perks/retirement bennies, etc. Everyone else…kids included (while these “leaders” express support/concern) TO HELL WITHEM. While talk and gladhanding are both cheap and offer excellent career-enhancing press, NO ONE REALLY GIVES A DAMN ABOUT EDUCATING THESE KIDS. It’s all just a job.

Top School

April 30th, 2011
1:08 pm

As said in previous messages…

They will soon sweep all this under the rug…and it will be another turned page in the ongoing corruption in Atlanta…

Buckhead runs Atlanta…and they will show you how they operate once again.
The state leads in the closing of BANKS…and all these folks are in the same boat…robbing all the systems in place with their unethical corrupt hands in the bucket of public money available for the taking.

David Sims

April 30th, 2011
10:52 pm

Apparently, when a scoundrel is caught in Georgia, he simply changes jurisdictions and he’s free to go and be a scoundrel again.