Gradebook podcast: Why the Hernando School Board fired its superintendent

OCTAVIO JONES | Times During the Hernando County School District board meeting Pam Everett, a community advocate holds up poster sized pink-slip demanding that Superintendent Lori Romano leave her post after her announcement of firing 47 teachers at Moton Elementary School.
OCTAVIO JONES | Times During the Hernando County School District board meeting Pam Everett, a community advocate holds up poster sized pink-slip demanding that Superintendent Lori Romano leave her post after her announcement of firing 47 teachers at Moton Elementary School.
Published July 13 2018

Florida's Hernando County school district is proving that not only the biggest systems suffer from politics and infighting.

After years of internal disputes, and growing discontent within the general public, the board recently fired superintendent Lori Romano on a 3-2 vote, accusing her of ineffective leadership and other shortcomings. Romano turned around and demanded a hearing where she wants to prove otherwise, as a new district leader tries to cool tempers back down.

The latest: Former Hernando schools superintendent demands post-termination hearing 

Hernando County education reporter Megan Reeves joins Jeff Solochek to discuss what's happening in the small, semi-rural district north of Tampa.

Also as noted, the League of Women Voters has challenged in court Amendment 8, a controversial education-related measure on the November ballot. See their complaint for all the details. This issue will be the topic of a future podcast.

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