Jacques: Give Alycia Meriweather a shot

Jacques: Give Alycia Meriweather a shot

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Excerpt from The Detroit News piece by Ingrid Jacques:

Alycia Meriweather really wants to keep her job as superintendent of the new Detroit Public Schools Community District.


Yet apparently all her efforts were lost on the newly elected Detroit school board.

Earlier this month, it became clear that Meriweather’s application never got a chance, as some members of school board had hoped — and expected.


Choosing a superintendent is the most important job school boards do. And since this is the first time an elected Detroit school board has chosen a superintendent in eight years, the nation is watching.

Robin Lake, director of the Center on Reinventing Public Education at the University of Washington, is one of those observers.

Given the intense poverty, significant number of competing charter schools and recent return to local control, the district faces challenges and finding the right leader is essential.

“Detroit is so unique, and one of the toughest districts in the country,” Lake says.

She recommends finding a leader who has a track record in the community, who can navigate local politics, and who brings a sense of urgency.


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