Lillian Mongeau, of UC Berkeley’s Oakland North, sat down with Tony Smith last week and produced this Q & A. She asks the new superintendent about teacher quality, the racial achievement gap, teacher evaluations and the fact that he has never been a classroom teacher.
Do you agree with where he stands on these issues? Did anything strike you about his responses?
If you’re planning to attend tonight’s town hall meeting with Smith at International High School, maybe the interview will spark some follow-up questions.
In other Smith news: I heard the superintendent made quite a speech at last week’s school board meeting (while I was away) about the performance of Oakland’s African American students. I’ve requested a copy of the video so you can hear it if you haven’t already. It should be here soon.