Wednesday, October 6, 2010

An Educator's Lesson On Honoring Commitments

If reportedly-soon-to-be-former Pittsburgh schools superintendent Mark Roosevelt is inclined to set a personal example for students by disregarding a five-year commitment, it seems reasonable to be ambivalent about whether the door smacks him on his way out.

It might be worthwhile to send him a bill for replacement search costs (the amount of his bonuses seems a handy figure), followed by a breach-of-contract complaint if that bill is not paid.


Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

Perhaps, Roosevelt finally figured out the futility of his position. Sometimes things are broken beyond repair. The Pgh Public Schools cannot be fixed under the circumstances that exist. I.e., unionized teachers, the "soft-bigotry" of low expectations, students from never-formed, drug addicted families.

I like the Allegheny Institute's proposal regarding the Pittsburgh Promise Scholarship Program.

"...Create a scholarship fund that will provide $10,000 per year for any student whose parents would like to choose a non-public K-12 school for their child's education. That's half what the City schools spend on average. Students using the scholarship funds would give up any claim to the Promise college scholarships. The level of interest in such a program would give the community a fair assessment of what parents really want to see in the way of education reform. What's to lose? It cannot be any worse than what exists now and we will likely see significant education gains for a change..."

Anonymous said...

He ran us into debt and bolted.

Get real.

Anonymous said...

Mark will leave as the "fixer". Come in and do the hard, dirty work, be labeled a racist for making the tough decisions and leave. These positions are typically short term and need to be seen as political. Mark was unfairly attacked and disrepected by Brentley and a small group of "haters" who continually dogged his administration based on race. Brentley refused to even address his comments directly to the Superintendent at meetings but instead would only address Linda Lane at meetings. He never voted yes for anything including the Gates grant, always no or abstain. I loved Mr. Roosevelt as Superintendent and will miss him but he would have become sick with Brentleys hateful cancer! I hope that the board stays strong and on the right path. We were fortunate to have had Mr. Roosevelt to lead us for this long!

Infinonymous said...

Was there this much controversy concerning Mr. Roosevelt's performance before he became a quitter?

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