Fired former superintendent of Montgomery County Schools, Joshua Powell, is finished in public education. You’ve read the scandalous recommended order from the Education Professional Standards Board, Powell’s insane, incoherent rant of a response and you’ve begun to wade into the 6,000-page transcript (excluding exhibits, which brings the total pages to something like 10,000).
But there are still five pending lawsuits against Powell and the school district. He also has a pending termination appeal and a case filed against Montgomery County that remain in court. So it’s time for an update on that front.
On Tuesday, Powell appeared before a judge, where he was sworn in for the first time. The judge put on record every date Powell has previously appeared before him during which he showed up without any evidence to validate his claims.
Now that the judge has done that, Powell’s got roughly 45 days (from Tuesday) to cough up his non-existent recordings, documents and alleged unbelievable material. Spoiler alert: he won’t be able to produce anything because it’s all imaginary. It’s all projection. It’s all him attempting to further the myth of being a visionary leader.
When Powell ultimately shows up empty-handed, the judge will finally be able to dismiss his case and he won’t have a chance to appeal the ruling.
He can daydream all he wants, he can attack the messenger all he wants but he’s not winning that case.
I have known for several weeks what really went down with Kristi Carter’s surprise resignation. And here’s the gist, without getting too specific:
Carter was called to a meeting with the (new) superintendent shortly after being deposed in Jennifer Hall’s lawsuit. Upon being asked to produce her records/documentation backing up claims she’s made, Carter requested a piece of paper and on the spot wrote out a letter of resignation, which she later typed up:
Why? Probably because she can’t produce much of anything. And what she can produce won’t match up with official documentation. Source: school district officials have told me as much.
There is an ongoing investigation within the district reviewing her records, financial accounts and interactions with others. Rather than let speculation run wild, let’s put it in perspective: you don’t all the sudden resign your job in the middle of your contract and the school year without having another job lined up. Not when you’re drawing a large salary for farting around on Facebook and Topix all day. Not unless there’s something major about to go down.
So that’s fun.
You won’t believe the patterns that have emerged from the EPSB transcript. Once you’ve read all 22 volumes, you’ll be left wondering why some people aren’t in prison. Scandalous is an understatement.
Once you get a chance to read it all, make sure you take time to reach out to board members of the EPSB to encourage them to read it… because they didn’t have an opportunity to do so prior to voting in the Powell case. That’s a real shame and a miscarriage of justice and accountability in education. Fun fact: the new commissioner of education sat in on those deliberations and helped board members decide to barely hold Powell accountable and now he (the commissioner) is hopping around the state hyping up his accountability efforts. It’s some real schadenfreude.
Maybe make sure you contact the horrible local newspaper in Mt. Sterling to let folks there know there’s a bunch of egg on their faces. That paper was complicit in so much that went wrong I almost can’t believe it myself… and I watched it all play out.
Probably also a good idea to let members of the Montgomery County Board of Education know you support bonding out a mountain of debt because they’re going to be coughing up millions of dollars. No, it won’t raise your taxes much at all – maybe a couple cents per year – so get that out of your head, gossipers. There’s no way that school district escape this mess. No way. It’s time to own up to reality.
I stand by my assertion that this is one of the biggest educational scandals in my lifetime.