Run Out of Town Without a Rail !!!
For Arlington ISD: Talent Didn't Matter
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Arlington- Arlington Independent School District threw the baby out with the bathwater when they allowed former superintendent Hector Montenegro walk out the door.
“He was pushed and run out on issues that had little to do with his ability to do his job,” said Pastor and Tarrant County activist Kyev Tatum. “Montenegro was the best hope that change could happen here.”
Arlington is facing a deficit over $20 million and increasing poor school performance scores and higher failure rates, especially among African-American and Hispanic populations.
Montenegro believes in pushing his idea among staff, administration and schools that “Failure is not an Option” – a formula that worked well in every district where he has been
However, in the rush to judgment, the Arlington school board acted like the Biblical Pharisees and crucified a man on the educational cross, based on a few gossip,questions about travel, fees and speaking engagements.
Montenegro quit last Monday, amid a board investigation into whether he had violated the law.
State law forbids superintendents to take money – including speaking fees – from groups and companies that do business with their districts.
It appears the district chose to allow a man of his caliber to pack up and leave failing to consider his track record of turning districts around and changing the educational climate and attitudes in school and facilities in district where he has served.
Could the AISD powers been jealous of this highly intelligent and successful Hispanic man who promised to change the educational philosophy and emphasis in AISD?
Montenegro came under fire from AISD officials over his alleged acceptance of speaking fees, or honoraria, from groups that do business with AISD. Many of those engagements were book prior to his coooming to the job
He was shown the door without proper and ample look at the potential good he could have accomplished and without an opportunity to correct any discrepancies or questions that allegedly might have existed concerning his travels.
“This man was an expert on education, policy and procedures,” he said. “He had the kind of God-given insight to save children and we could have used that from the board room to the classroom.”
Montenegro proven track record has followed him throughout his career, only to get blemishes in Arlington dealing with a good ole boy system that could not stomach a non-White person with extreme intellectual prowess and a string of successes that made a difference in many school districts.
He was the former superintendent of the Ysleta Independent School District in El Paso, TX.
Originally from Los Angeles, California, Hector Montenegro attended California State Polytechnic University where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics, Stanford University where he obtained his Masters degree in Mathematics Education, and did graduate work at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, and the University of Texas.
Montenegro began his teaching career in San Jose, California, in 1975 where he taught math at the junior and senior high school levels. He later taught and was an assistant principal in Washington, DC, a junior high principal in Alexandria, Virginia, and a high school principal in Fairfax County, Virginia.
He later served as Chief of Staff of the DC Public Schools before moving to Austin where he was a principal and an Area Superintendent for the Austin Independent School District. From 1996-2001, Mr. Montenegro was the Superintendent of Schools for the San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District. He then served as the Deputy Superintendent for Instructional Services for the Dallas ISD before serving as Superintendent of Ysleta Independent School District in El Paso, Texas, from March 2003 until February 2008.
He also has received numerous awards including: 2006 TCEA Texas Technology Superintendent of the Year award; 2005 National LULAC Educator of the Year award; inducted into the El Rancho Hall of Fame in Los Angeles. The San Marcos Hispanic Chamber of Commerce “Outstanding Citizen of the Year” award; the San Marcos Lion’s Club “Teaching Excellence Award”, LULAC Hispanic Leader of the Year Award in Austin in 1994, POWERS Creative Leadership Award, in Washington, DC in 1989, and Outstanding Young Man of America in 1985.
Activists are lamenting the latest developments and expect things to return to status quo- a situation that is part of the problem and not the solution in the AISD.
“Arlington will soon be home to America’s team-The Dallas Cowboys,” he said. “What people don’t know and should know is Arlington will also be the home to some of America’s most uneducated children.”
Looking at his record. Arlington let a good catch get away.