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White wins no new job offers, will remain IPS chief

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Eugene White will remain superintendent of Indianapolis Public Schools after he was passed over by two out-of-state school districts, according to a statement released Friday afternoon.

White had been among the finalists for the top jobs at schools systems in Mobile, Ala., and in Greenville, S.C. But both districts chose this week to appoint internal candidates to lead their school systems.

“While I interviewed in both cities, I was not extended a job offer. And that's fine,” White said in his statement. He said he continues to receive other offers “from across the country,” but that he would not pursue any other outside offers.

“I'm going to do what needs to be done in IPS,” White said. “I'm going to make sure we put the best programs in place to continue to improve the educational opportunities for our students.”

White, 64, has been superintendent of IPS since 2005 and before that was superintendent of the Washington Township schools in Indianapolis for 11 years.

White is a native of Alabama, where he starred in high school and college basketball.

White traveled to both districts earlier this month for interviews for the jobs.



 

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  • Sorry
    Parents in Indianapolis, who have the means to do so, send their children to private schools to keep them out of the IPS system.

    It is not altogether the fault of IPS that they graduated only 69% from high school in 2011, in fact, that is a major improvement from two years ago.

    But a 69% passing rate is still a D+.

    It's no wonder that Dr. White has not been chosen to lead some other school system toward such low achievement.

    And now we are stuck with him, at least until he can find some other job in which failure to perform is an attribute.

    But his poor performance is not all his fault either. He may be a poor leader, but his troops are not stellar performers either.

    School boards, teacher's unions, and yes, parents, are also to blame for the dismal state of public education in Indianapolis.

    I would never want the job of IPS superintendent (except for the outrageous payout for continual failure), but if I had the responsibility I wouldn't sit in my office and send out resumes. And then sit there some more until I found somewhere dumb enough to hire me. Oh wait, I guess if I were Dr. White, that's just what I would do.

    Congratulations IPS, you're stuck with him because nobody else wanted him.

  • Maybe it is not the TEAM
    Suddenly we find that several school districts outside of Indiana came to the realization that Eugene White is not the leader they are looking for as their School Superintendent. Maybe IPS can find a better candidate to replace White. Think of it this way, sports teams do not fire the entire team, they just find a new coach to take a leadership role and create winners instead of losers.
  • Right man for the job?
    How many jobs are out there where your intent to leave is public, the opportunity leaves, but you still get to keep your job, especially after the performance of the kids graduating, or not, from these schools? Would YOU leave a person in place after TWO job interviews and the comments made?
    One last question; If his performance is so exelcent, please explain the growth explosion of charter schools?

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