San Diego Watch: What San Diego news bloggers are saying

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Here are a couple of links to articles from The Voice of San Diego. What are San Diego area bloggers saying about the next potential SD school chief, and the search process?

1. This posted yesterday from staff writer/reporter/blogger Emily Alpert, reporting on the events here in GSO.

An excerpt: San Diego Unified School District representatives flew to North Carolina to interview Terry Grier, superintendent of North Carolina’s third-largest school district, for the job of superintendent, according to the Greensboro News-Record.

Grier, the Guilford County Schools chief, was honored as North Carolina’s Superintendent of the Year last month. He confirmed his candidacy through a written statement. His statement is unusual because superintendent searches are normally completely confidential.

2.  Same website…see this October 26 article discussing the search process, in general. It appears many of the locals there want the search conducted locally, instead of nationally.

See this excerpt: Decapitated again, San Diego City Schools is seeking a leader to stabilize California’s second-largest school system. And amid the barrage of advice supplied to school trustees by professors, parents, CEOs and community activists, one comment was echoed, over and over: Think locally.

“Please don’t bring New York here. Don’t bring Long Beach here,” said Mary Bixby, president of the Charter School of San Diego, referring to exiting Superintendent Carl Cohn’s prior work in Long Beach. “We have very, very gifted people, right here.”

But with sky-high expectations mounting for San Diego’s next superintendent, finding a skilled candidate who wants the job could be tough, if the district restricts its search to San Diego, the county, or even Southern California.

The push for a San Diego insider follows a turbulent decade for San Diego Schools: A teacher’s strike clouded Bertha Pendleton’s tenure, before school outsider Alan Bersin stepped in. Bersin’s aggressive, top-down reforms alienated teachers, and ultimately led to his ouster. Cohn, in turn, earned praise as a peacemaker, but had little time to boost school achievement. His exit, only two years into his tenure, disrupts the district again.

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E.C. 🙂

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