Speculation that Andres Alonso would leave the Baltimore City school CEO job for a new superintendent post has been rampant for years. Whenever an opening for the top job in an urban district appeared, Alonso's name seemed to be mentioned. He has always denied he was searching for a new job.

When the Philly job came open, many education insiders insisted that Alonso was a strong contender. The Philadelphia Inquirer wrote today that the school system has announced the name of two finalists, and Alonso isn't one of them. One of the finalists, though, is a Marylander. William Hite, who has been superintendent in Prince George's County since 2008, will be in Philadelphia this week for a series of meetings. If he leaves, Maryland will have seen an unusual turnover in superintendent jobs in recent years.