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Re: “As Metro schools tries to shed its 'culture of fear,' the district's first lieutenant faces a culture battle of his own

I have to hand it to The Scene for some good reporting. I seldom see what they write as a balanced article, but this is well done. That being said, it was difficult for me to read.

As someone very close to one of the victims of Steele's principal transfers, I can say that he is a cold-hearted viper of a man. He removed my friend from one of the most successful high schools in Metro, filling the position with a man mixed in controversy from his previous school. Steele helped this man move from the controversy so as not to face it, then replaced a veteran teacher/administrator at another high school with him. It was a political move having nothing to do with performance by the principal who was replaced. It was outrageous.

Reading about how Robin Wall approves of Steele was laughable. Wall (and his inexperienced wife...principal of Cane Ridge High School) is a favorite of Register...not likely to have a problem with another of the inner circle. And Terry Shrader, another Register favorite, stepped into Hillsboro to fill in for a disgraced principal.

Reading this article reminded me that the players are much like the Obama administration, where Register stands behind his lackey Steele the way that Obama never apologizes for his cabinet members when they don't perform the way that the public would like. The quote where Steele pines over his decisions to remove principals is nothing less than bull***t. That's like saying that a Gestapo officer was sorry over the loss of concentration camp victims.

There are so many other points about which I could comment, but it would really be for naught. Nothing would change. Gay Steele would go about using his machete of power, hacking away at people and ruining lives the way he does so well. And most of all, the thing that would change the least is Metro Schools. The kids and the teachers will continue occupying the classrooms, the favorite principals would remain in their offices...until Register vacates his position.

And God forbid that Steele would be the next superintendent after Register. Those who are now kissing his controversial be-hind will really have to pucker up, or start packing.

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Posted by Daisycutter47 on 10/25/2013 at 10:48 AM

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