Watson-Harris also brings to the table her own share of turmoil, including allegations she received preferential treatment in receiving placement for two of her daughters at some of the city’s more elite schools.
According to the New York Post, one daughter entered a selective middle school in the eighth grade, though the school normally accepts incoming sixth graders. Another daughter was placed in a school for the gifted and talented known to choose students based on entry test scores and try-outs.
A week ago, she withdrew her name from contention for the superintendent's job at Sarasota County Schools in Florida, which has about 44,000 students.
“That was just a personal choice,” she told the Sarasota Herald-Tribune newspaper after withdrawing her name for the position.
The school board initially announced Rudy Crew as its single finalist for the superintendent position on April 23, with five board members heaping praise on the selection during a meeting held via Zoom and aired on the district's public access channel.
Just over two weeks later, in a stunning reversal, the board voted not to hire Crew, with several opting not to say why publicly. The selection had been met with concern from residents who felt Crew’s history -- including allegations Crew bullied a subordinate and obstructed a rape investigation involving a 14-year-old student -- showed he was not suitable for DeKalb.