by David Safier
TUSD Supe John Pedicone will be stepping down in June. That gives the Board a reasonable amount of time to look for a replacement.
A few un-mulled-over thoughts and predictions.
- Pedicone's plan to make massive school closures and state-of-the-art megaschools his legacy isn't going to happen. That's a good thing.
- A Board with a Grijalva/Juarez/Foster majority will pick the new Superintendent. That doesn't mean they'll make the right choice, but at least the choice won't be made by a Stegeman-led voting bloc. (I gotta wonder whether the new makeup of the Board moved Pedicone's retirement timeline up a year or two.)
- The whole Ethnic Studies question takes on a new tone without Pedicone gumming up the issue with his toothless pronouncements and backroom deals. If the new superintendent is more supportive of a Mexican American Studies-style curriculum — and that issue is sure to be an important part of the interviews — that may mean the Board will play it less safe with the courses and be more willing to incur the wrath of Huppenthal, Horne and their anti-brown cronies.
Feel free to add your own thoughts and predictions in the comments section.