Joe Staub, president of the teachers union, said O'Rourke ignored requests to study educator workload. Howard High School parent Jerry Bialecki said O'Rourke did not respond to the concerns of parents. An anonymous letter accused O'Rourke's top staff of changing grades for a relative. And - perhaps most damaging of all - O'Rourke set up a system to delegate responsibility that could carry out his ambitious plan without him.
"That's the true beauty of everything," O'Rourke said. "It's not dependent upon one person. It's about a system, not an individual."