Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Wow. Just...Wow.

Tony Amato, superintendent of SUSD, was fired last night in a unanimous vote by the school board.

There was a standing ovation at this news.


Kristine said...

I don't understand - why were they so eager to fire him? I couldn't find the reasons by skimming the article.

Meg said...

Well, this guy came in last summer and made big, sweeping changes--going so far as to force the entire district to change its reading program. Thing is, the reading program is not approved by the state of California, and our district has schools that are Program Improvement (PI). PI schools MUST adhere to the state curriculum.

So at the end of last year, the state stepped in and told SUSD to get rid of the unapproved reading program. SUSD had spent MILLIONS on implementing this program--materials, training, substitutes for teachers going to week-long trainings in San Francisco, etc. In the mean time, teachers were laid off and programs cut down. We no longer have learning resource teachers to work with our lowest readers, for example.

So now we had to invest millions more in a new reading program, and people were fed up with Amato's high-handed way of running this district. Oh, and there's the fact that Kansas City AND a district in Louisiana, his previous two jobs, also ran him out before his contract was up.

Kristine said...

Aha. Makes much more sense. But then makes you wonder how he got hired in the first place.

Meg said...

He got hired because the school board has a few morons on board that need to be voted out. They hired him despite his past...and then turned on him. Duh!