Hunter's career in Baltimore


December 1987: Mayor Schmoke inaugurated, announces he will replace Alice G. Pinderhughes as school superintendent.

June 1988: After a nationwide search, Dr. Hunter, a professor of education at the University of North Carolina, is selected from three finalists.

February 1989: Dr. Hunter's first serious controversy, over his refusal to approve an outside curriculum for Barclay School.

March 1989: School administration dithering costs Baltimore a chance to take part in a national effort to revise the way science is taught in the United States.

November 1989: Mayor makes surprise visits to school headquarters and to the book warehouse to find the source of textbook shortage in city schools.

December 1989: Mayor summons Dr. Hunter to City Hall to complain about the lack of cultural field trips for Baltimore schoolchildren.

February: Dr. Hunter rates his performance, gives himself an A.

March: Mayor is reported to have lost confidence in Dr. Hunter, deciding he must replace him.

April: Mayor declares a truce with the superintendent, saying Dr. Hunter can keep his job if he hires a high-powered deputy to run the system day-to-day.

December: School board rates Dr. Hunter's performance, gives him only a "satisfactory."

Yesterday: Mayor announces he does not want Dr. Hunter to stay on after the expiration of his contract on July 1.

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