The Ballad of Joseph Olchefske: Middle College, Ed-Reform Market Failure, and the March of Online Learning

The Ballad of Joseph Olchefske: Middle College, Ed-Reform Market Failure, and the March of Online Learning
by seattleducation2010
What do you think should happen in this scenario? The superintendent of the largest school district in the state, through mismanagement and carelessness, runs up a crippling 35 million dollar deficit? If you believe in the efficiency of the market, the answer should be easy. The superintendent would be immediately fired. Since his actions lost […]

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What do you think should happen in this scenario?

The superintendent of the largest school district in the state, through mismanagement and carelessness, runs up a crippling 35 million dollar deficit?

If you believe in the efficiency of the market, the answer should be easy.

The superintendent would be immediately fired. Since his actions lost the school district money or in business terms – became extremely unprofitable,  he would never again have a job related to education.

Meet Joseph Olchefske, an expert in finance, and a rising star in Seattle Public Schools in the late ’90s. After the untimely death of his mentor, John Stanford, Olchefske officially became Superintendent of SPS in February of 1999.

Within four years of his tenure, the district would be facing a 34 million dollar deficit and Olchefske would be on the receiving end of two separate votes of no confidence.

Here’s a timeline from…

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