A day after publishing a news story that Vallas might get the ax at the end of the school year, the Philadelphia Daily News comes back with an editorial supporting Valllas and thrashing the School Reform Commission for wanting Vallas out. So what's the deal?
The Daily News is, quite possibly, the only tried-and-true left-wing big-city tabloid still operating in this country. (Sun-Times readers can disagree, I suppose.) Vallas' biggest critic on the School Reform Commission is James Gallagher, a Republican.
So is the DN simply playing partisan politics? Maybe. I think it's a bit of a personal smackdown to Gallagher, who is, simply put, a crank. But the other point the editorial makes is more telling: Who would replace Vallas? Is there any big city superintendent out there right now who is a) worth recruiting and b) would take this job.
And think about it: You're facing a similar issue in Chicago. If Duncan goes, who replaces him? A CPS person? Or does Daley do a national search?
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