Tucker: ‘Real Heroes and They Should be Applauded’




On the heels of the AASA Superintendent of the Year Forum, held in Washington, D.C., last week, Thomas Tucker today called his fellow State Superintendents of the Year “some of the best, brightest and most committed minds in education.”

Tucker, the 2016 National Superintendent of the Year and superintendent of Ohio’s Princeton City Schools, appeared on Education Talk Radio, a national radio program for educators and administrators.

“These are some real heroes and they should be applauded,” Tucker said about his Superintendent of the Year colleagues. “It was my distinct pleasure to communicate with them and engage in dialogue and learn from them.” 

During the program, Tucker discussed his background, growing up in Cotton Plant, Ark. in extreme impoverished conditions. “I had the greatest teachers in the world,” Tucker said. “Our teachers did not let us develop a poor mentality. We did not subscribe to ‘victimology.’”

Tucker also discussed his experience at the Superintendent Discipline Summit, held last month in Chicago, hosted by AASA and the Children’s Defense Fund. 

We have to look at who is being disciplined, why they’re being disciplined and when we do that we begin to explore the reality of disproportionality,” said Tucker.

Click here to listen to the program.

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