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I am a high school English teacher in an urban high school in Oklahoma City. I am a member of the American Federation of Teachers, Local 2309. I am a Democrat, a union activist and a worker for social justice. I also am a Christian (Congregationalist). I play chess and coach our school chess team.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Dr.John Q. Porter Resigns

Not a good day

After just 207 days on the job, Dr. John Q. Porter has accepted a settlement from the school board and the Oklahoma City Public Schools foundation and has turned in his resignation. The Foundation is a non-profit organization that works in partnership with the school district to improve educational quality.

My sources tell me that the money was raised by members of the community who feared that the Porter v. Board fight would imperil the upcoming March 4th vote to extend the life of a penny sales tax to help improve the Ford Center so that the Seattle SuperSonics will relocate to Oklahoma City. The sales tax was originally approved by voters to help improve schools in Oklahoma City, both in the OCPS district and the surrounding innerurban and suburban districts.

The source told me that those interested in the Sonics relocating had commissioned a poll to see how big a problem the situation with Dr. Porter was creating for the vote. Judging from the size of the settlement, $255,000 from the foundation and over $71,000 from the school board, I guess their polling data looked pretty worrisome.

I post my reaction to this ending, clearly not the "Win-Win" outcome for which I hoped and prayed, later. School Board President Cliff hudson also resigned from his position. So right now, this looks as though it is a "Lose-Lose" for everyone, except perhaps for the incompetent principals and administrators of our district.


Link to Oklahoman article

Porter, Hudson resign

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Green Flame, did I read you think they should hire someone from within? How about someone already living in OKC but not involved in the schools?

Lynn Green said...

No, I have never said that. I really don't have an preference other that it should be someone who listens to teachers.

Anonymous said...

OK, thanks! So, what do you think teachers would like to say to a new Superintendent?

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Lynn Green said...

What I would like to say to the new superintendent is that we cannot do our job in chaos. We have many very good students who are being denied their right to an education because principals are unwilling to stand up to unruly students and their enabling parents.

Lynn Green said...

I would also like to say that the AFT is part of the solution, not the problem.

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Lynn Green said...

If you have information, then you need to share it. If I can substantiate any portion of it, I will put it in my blog. But I can't treat rumors from anonymous sources as if they are facts. But you can keep your identity secret. Simply write to my e-mail address with you allegations, and I will check them out on my own.

Anonymous said...

No, you misundertood me. I was being sarcastic in that some of the previous comments spoke about strip clubs and I do not recall that allegation being in the newspaper. I have absolutely no knowledge of this entire mess other than what I have read in the paper and on-line. Just a curious citizen.

Lynn Green said...

I'm afraid then, I will have to delete your previous comments. Nothing personal. I just don't like spreading rumors. If I misunderstood, others will also.

Anonymous said...

This is what happens when more than one person is chatting and using the "anonymous". I am the anonymous who started these comments, not the anonymous who talked about strip clubs. Anyhow, I will exit this blog as it is too confusing.

Lynn Green said...

Perhaps you ought to have the courage to give your name when you make accusations. In any case, I'm changing the blog so that anonymous posts cannot be made.