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Jeffrey Hernandez reassigned

By Al Pefley - bio | email

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - There's been a significant shake up at the Palm Beach County School District. A top school official, under fire for months, has been reassigned.

UPDATE, MON 10 PM: The Palm Beach County School District faced heated criticism from parents and teachers over a new curriculum plan that Hernandez unveiled a few months ago, that includes standardized classroom lesson plans and pacing that teachers must follow, testing for students about every three weeks, and a team of administrators who monitor teachers to make sure they're sticking to the plan.

Hoping to quiet angry parents and teachers, the superintendent of schools transferred Jeffrey Hernandez Monday, meaning he's no longer the district's Chief Academic Officer.

"At this point in time, I'm making what I believe is a system decision that will benefit our students and benefit the community as a whole. Do you regret hiring him? I regret that this has happened," said Dr. Art Johnson, superintendent of the Palm Beach County School District.

Lisa Goldman of Wellington, a parent who has been one of Hernandez's loudest critics, said she's thrilled Hernandez has been reassigned.

"It feels good right now to know that our voices were heard," Goldman said. She started a group called 'Testing is not Teaching' that has been very critical with Hernandez's new initiatives.

He'll keep his $180,000 annual salary, but will be reassigned to another job where he will be working with about 30 low-performing schools, trying to boost student achievement and test scores.

In recent weeks, parents have been saying enough is enough, Hernandez has to go.

"It's a fantastic Christmas present. I'm very happy to hear it. I think it's long overdue. It's something we've been watching and hoping and waiting for," Goldman said.

As for Dr. Johnson, he says the time had come to do something to end the protests and controversy.

"I'm proud of this school system and if you think I enjoy what we've been going through these last couple of months, absolutely not and I'm gonna do everything I can to bring this to a conclusion so we can refocus," Dr. Johnson said.

"We're not just an uneducated group of parents whining and complaining. I think, we finally were effective," Goldman said.

A school district spokesman said Hernandez was unavailable for comment.

The superintendent says no decision has been made on whether Hernandez will remain with the school district when his one-year contract expires June 30.

Dr. Johnson and Chief of Staff Ann Killets will take over his duties as Chief Academic Officer.

PREVIOUSLY: Jeffrey Hernandez, the school district's chief academic officer who created a controversial academic plan that infuriated parents and teachers, has been reassigned, the School District said Monday.

It's unclear at this time what Hernandez's new job will be.

The press release said, "effective immediately, the Chief Academic Officer functions will be resumed by Ann Killets, Chief of Staff, and Art Johnson, Superintendent of Schools. Both Ann Killets and Art Johnson previously held the position of CAO."

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