|Jon Gundry and his amazing cranium|
Pasadena Unified School District Superintendent Jon R. Gundry on Wednesday said goodbye to the district and announced he is the lone finalist to become the next superintendent of schools in Santa Clara County. The announcement came after this news organization exclusively reported Gundry’s pending departure.
The Santa Clara County school board is set to vote on Gundry’s appointment at a July 16 meeting, according to a press release from the Santa Clara County Office of Education. He is the only candidate for the job and contract negotiations are underway. Gundry has led PUSD since 2011.
“It has been an honor to work with the students, educators, community members and families of Pasadena Unified,” Gundry said in a statement released Tuesday night. “The district is well-positioned to continue raising student achievement and preparing students for success in the 21st century.”
Up in the lower Bay Area region of San Jose, where folks were soon to become the beneficiary of Jon R. Gundry's celebrated professional skill set, this news was greeted by many with a somewhat muted level of joy. Here is how the newsweekly San Jose Inside shared that viewpoint (link):
The Santa Clara County Office of Education announced Tuesday that Jon Gundry is the lone finalist to take over as superintendent of schools.
Gundry has more than 30 years of experience in education and currently serves as the superintendent for Pasadena Unified School District. He is negotiating a contract with the county Board of Education and could start as early as Aug. 1, according to a SCCOE press release. Approval of a deal is expected to come at the July 16 board meeting.
Board President Leon Beauchman praised the decision in the county press release, saying Gundry's time spent in county and district offices make him "well-suited" for the job.
But the SCCOE has repeatedly said it wants a superintendent to help eliminate the achievement gap, and a recent report did not give Gundry a passing grade. Earlier this month the Pasadena Star-News reported that Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) "received an overall 'D' grade and an 'F' when it came to improvement of low-income and minority students."
In his article, "Pasadena Unified Superintendent Promoted, $55,000 Raise, Despite District’s Failing Performance" (link), our own Robert Fellner reported on the disparity between Jon Gundry's job performance as PUSD Superintendent and the far richer rewards awaiting him up north. The message being that failure had been no impediment to financial success for Wonder Gundry.
Robert Fellner's report came with the following chart detailing the "pay high - achieve low" financial disparity in the relationship between the PUSD and its soon to be departing superintendent.
So that is the rather unhappy background to today's Tattler report. But why would we want to dwell on any of that?
Now that a full year has passed, Santa Clara County Superintendent Jon Gundry has presumably settled into his new gig and things must be going a lot better for our peripatetic pedagogue, correct? The kids there certainly must be reaping the rich rewards the presence of so great an educator brings to them, right?
Apparently that is not the case. If anything, things are going even worse for Jon Gundry than they did here. Inside San Jose breaks this unhappy news down for us.
There is a lot more to this troubling story, and you can access it all by clicking here.
John Harabedian, Nancy Walsh and Susan Henderson all endorsed this guy for L.A. County Sheriff
Apparently Paul Tanaka is going the Nuremberg Defense "I was only obeying orders" route. This from KPCC:
LA Sheriff scandal: Tanaka says he was following former Sheriff Baca’s orders - Like the seven deputies convicted before him, former Los Angeles County Undersheriff Paul Tanaka will assert what’s known as a “public authority defense” when he goes to trial on federal obstruction of justice charges later this year - claiming he was just following orders - according to a motion filed by his attorney.
“The defendant acted on behalf of order(s) issued by Sheriff Leroy Baca, who was Mr. Tanaka’s ranking superior officer,” the motion states. “Tanaka will assert the defense of actual or believed exercise of public authority.”
The move sets up a possible showdown with his former boss, Leroy Baca, who now may end up being forced to testify. Baca has yet to be called to testify in any of the obstruction cases.
Federal prosecutors have accused the once-powerful Tanaka of orchestrating a scheme to block a federal investigation into brutality by Sheriff’s deputies at the jails by hiding an inmate who was acting as an FBI informant. Tanaka and a confidant, former Sheriff's Capt. Tom Carey, go on trial in November.
Read the rest here.