Hunter is a finalist for 2 school jobs in West

March 24, 1993|By Staff Report

Richard C. Hunter, the controversial former Baltimore school superintendent who left in 1991 after clashing with Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke, is a finalist to head school systems in Spokane, Wash., and San Jose, Calif.

Dr. Hunter, currently a professor of education at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, interviewed in Spokane last week and is scheduled in San Jose this weekend, said spokesmen for the two school districts.

His tumultuous, three-year tour of duty in Baltimore ended when Mr. Schmoke decided not to renew his contract, citing policy differences, including a failure to move fast enough in giving individual schools more autonomy.

In a recent interview with a Spokane newspaper, Mr. Hunter accused the mayor of making him "the whipping boy for the problems of the school and the one he sacrificed to help his re-election campaign."

For his part, Mr. Schmoke said last week that his failure to dump Dr. Hunter earlier in his term may have "prevented me from moving forward and left us marking time" on school reform.

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