Don't go, Paul!Philadelphia students cannot afford to lose Paul Vallas, a man who combines high expectations of students with actual methods of helping them meet them. As smart as David Hornbeck, but with so much more political savvy and skill (ie, I doubt he will call State Reps racist), Vallas has, in my mind at least, been a wonderful CEO of Philly public schools.
Why am I saying all of this? Because apparently, according to The Inquirer, there is some movement in Illinois to draft Vallas to run for Governor:
The brother of Philadelphia schools chief Paul Vallas is leading a campaign to change residency requirements in Illinois, which would give Vallas the option of returning and running for governor in 2006.However, I will just take Vallas at his word when he says:
The report detailed in yesterday's Chicago Tribune comes one day after Vallas said that he plans to finish out his five-year contract, which expires in July 2007, and that he would like to stay even longer. Vallas' comments were made in response to speculation that he was preparing to leave - rumors fueled in part by efforts in Chicago to get him to return.
Yesterday, Vallas said his comments stand, regardless of his brother Dean's involvement.
"I'm not going anywhere," Vallas, 51, who earns $225,000, said in Monday's interview. "I'm going to honor my contract. I've got to make this work."We simply cannot afford to lose Vallas, so I hope he is honest about that.