Education Commissioner Candidate's Resume Creating Controversy

Barbara Erwin is considered by many to be the top candidate for Kentucky Education Commissioner. She's currently the Superintendent of Schools in St. Charles, Ill., and previously worked in Texas.
But something on her resume is raising concern.
It shows Erwin was named Superintendent of the Year in Texas in both 1997 and 1998. But records show she only received that award in 1997.
Erwin says it was just an honest mistake.
"I won the award in the 96-97 school year," Erwin told 27 NEWSFIRST. " In the 98-99 school year I was nominated for the national award. It was just a mistake when they were combining my resumes."
There have also been reports published in newspapers that have parents in her past districts giving negative comments on her work. Some say she left their districts in disarray. Others say she was difficult to work with.
Erwin says she's not really surprised by such comments.
" When you make difficult decisions, you can't please 100 percent of people and those are the people commenting now," she said.
The State Board of Education still has to meet and vote on the hire. Dr. C.B. Akens with the board says members are aware of the reports, but they're happy with Erwin.
The board's vote is scheduled for May 9 and 10 in Bowling Green. If Erwin is approved, she could start July 1 and earn a base salary of $220,000.


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  • by Edward Location: Lexington on May 3, 2007 at 11:39 AM
    Can you say RED FLAGS!!! This woman sounds like a tyrant and a liar...just what KY needs. Let's reward this person of questionable character with a 6 figure salary and assume everyhting will be alright. Don't know about you, but if I had these strikes against me I wouldn;t have been hired at my job. She's likely connected to someone and qualifications don;t matter... how awful for the kids!!!!
  • by Teacher Location: Lex on May 3, 2007 at 07:09 AM
    Hey Karen, homeschool rocks if you want your child to be an introverted, little pain in the "you know what" who do not know how to interact with other people. Just my opinion on which I know you'll disagree, but if you ever watch the National Spelling Bee and look at the kids that are homeschooled; they are the weirdest kids on that stage!
  • by Richard Location: Lancaster on May 3, 2007 at 05:38 AM
    I am an educator and I don't understand why we will not hire a person for the Education Commissioner who is from and working in education in Kentucky. Kera is a difficult program and what better person to run the state who is already from here and understands Kera. Is it because the Commission don't think we have anyone who is qualified from Kentucky?
  • by Karen Location: Berea on May 3, 2007 at 04:21 AM
    Sadly, it doesn't matter who KY has for Education Commissioner as long as politics, nepotism, criminal acts, and mediocrity abound from the state level to the local level. Homeschool rocks!

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