Board wants Monifa to step down

Anonymous
Anonymous wrote:When is her contract up for renewal?


July 1, 2026. MD law requires 4 year superintendencies.
Anonymous
They need to break up the district. It is too big to run effectively.
Anonymous
Every year the reputation of MCPS declines a little bit. No final exams, 50% rule, attendance means nothing, Beidleman scandal, etc.

We need a complete reset
Anonymous
Anonymous wrote:They need to break up the district. It is too big to run effectively.


They technically have it broken up.
Anonymous
Anonymous wrote:Every year the reputation of MCPS declines a little bit. No final exams, 50% rule, attendance means nothing, Beidleman scandal, etc.

We need a complete reset


This is now school specific. We have no retests on tests and only some homework/classwork can be redone. They don't use the 50% rule and that's still failing any way. The attendance and lack of discipline and rules are the bigger issues. No final exams are ok if classes are having regular exams or quizzes. We have some that have weekly quizzes.
Anonymous
Anonymous wrote:She should have resigned after the Beidleman scandal


Doesn't that date back to her predecessor?
Anonymous
Anonymous wrote:It doesn’t imply discrimination but it does imply a PR move on the BOEs part, and frankly if it’s that she is correct. If they have supported all her plans and have not given her an evaluation that reflects low performance then she doesn’t have to step aside without cause or her own desire to do so.

If they want her gone then either go through the correct process to fire her or don’t renew her contract when it comes up.

+1
Totally a PR move on BOE part. Someone wants to look like they are doing something, so let’s just be reactionary and force Dr. McKnight out.

It’s also very shortsighted- who’s going to finish dealing with the Beidelman fallout? Too many other top leaders implicated and gone. At least let her finish this first round of adjustments.

Honestly, the timing makes me wonder if someone on the BOE is protecting someone else? What’s the next OIG report going to say? Is some of the adjustments getting too close to something BOE doesn’t want exposed?

If BOE doesn’t want Dr. McKnight anymore, just say they aren’t renewing her contract now, and start the search for the next superintendent now. That process takes a long time anyway, and we’ve already had the case of forcing out Starr and then having an interim superintendent for a year because no one decently qualified wanted the job. I can’t imagine this being any easier now.
Anonymous
Anonymous wrote:
Anonymous wrote:She should have resigned after the Beidleman scandal


Doesn't that date back to her predecessor?


A lot of people were involved in this scandal. It obviously should have ended with her doing something, especially as a woman, but many people should be fired over this.
Anonymous
She seems good at growing the central office. Not sure what else she does though
Anonymous
Anonymous wrote:Every year the reputation of MCPS declines a little bit. No final exams, 50% rule, attendance means nothing, Beidleman scandal, etc.

We need a complete reset


This is real life. No one is getting a complete reset. The closest anyone had was the pandemic and even that came with a host of challenges.
Anonymous
Anonymous wrote:Every year the reputation of MCPS declines a little bit. No final exams, 50% rule, attendance means nothing, Beidleman scandal, etc.

We need a complete reset


Yes, standardized test scores have declined in correspondence to the county's changing demographics, but it isn't fair to say that the county has declined. The same kid can do as well or better today than 20 years ago.
Anonymous
Did not think she was returning after her medical leave. That was when she could have exited. The school system is too large for one Super! Aren't some of the BOE members up for election this year? Are they the ones pushing her out to show us they are using their oversight powers. Woohoo BOE! Most high schools or even the middle schools have multiple Assistant Principals. so should the Supers office to handle various needs.
Anonymous
Anonymous wrote:
Anonymous wrote:It doesn’t imply discrimination but it does imply a PR move on the BOEs part, and frankly if it’s that she is correct. If they have supported all her plans and have not given her an evaluation that reflects low performance then she doesn’t have to step aside without cause or her own desire to do so.

If they want her gone then either go through the correct process to fire her or don’t renew her contract when it comes up.

+1
Totally a PR move on BOE part. Someone wants to look like they are doing something, so let’s just be reactionary and force Dr. McKnight out.

It’s also very shortsighted- who’s going to finish dealing with the Beidelman fallout? Too many other top leaders implicated and gone. At least let her finish this first round of adjustments.

Honestly, the timing makes me wonder if someone on the BOE is protecting someone else? What’s the next OIG report going to say? Is some of the adjustments getting too close to something BOE doesn’t want exposed?

If BOE doesn’t want Dr. McKnight anymore, just say they aren’t renewing her contract now, and start the search for the next superintendent now. That process takes a long time anyway, and we’ve already had the case of forcing out Starr and then having an interim superintendent for a year because no one decently qualified wanted the job. I can’t imagine this being any easier now.


Yes, what will the next OIG report say or the one after that?
Anonymous
Anonymous wrote:
Anonymous wrote:It doesn’t imply discrimination but it does imply a PR move on the BOEs part, and frankly if it’s that she is correct. If they have supported all her plans and have not given her an evaluation that reflects low performance then she doesn’t have to step aside without cause or her own desire to do so.

If they want her gone then either go through the correct process to fire her or don’t renew her contract when it comes up.

+1
Totally a PR move on BOE part. Someone wants to look like they are doing something, so let’s just be reactionary and force Dr. McKnight out.

It’s also very shortsighted- who’s going to finish dealing with the Beidelman fallout? Too many other top leaders implicated and gone. At least let her finish this first round of adjustments.

Honestly, the timing makes me wonder if someone on the BOE is protecting someone else? What’s the next OIG report going to say? Is some of the adjustments getting too close to something BOE doesn’t want exposed?

If BOE doesn’t want Dr. McKnight anymore, just say they aren’t renewing her contract now, and start the search for the next superintendent now. That process takes a long time anyway, and we’ve already had the case of forcing out Starr and then having an interim superintendent for a year because no one decently qualified wanted the job. I can’t imagine this being any easier now.


Exactly this. They are also covering up for their failures. They are throwing her under the bus. They all need replaced.
Anonymous
Be careful what we wish for mcps families. Agree BOE members may know more than we know, something's gotta come out!
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