PITTSBURGH (AP) — A superintendent who faced questions about information on his resume and possible plagiarism can begin his new job this week after the Pittsburgh Public Schools board rejected one member’s request to rescind the hiring.
The board voted 7-2 against board member Terry Kennedy’s motion to reverse the hiring of Anthony Hamlet. Hamlet begins his $210,000-a-year job on Friday.
Hamlet wasn’t present for Wednesday night’s vote, but issued a statement saying, “I regret the concern this situation has caused and I apologize to the parents and communities for this unintended distraction.”
“The review of Dr. Hamlet’s resume notes that plagiarism is legally defined as the ‘deliberate and knowing presentation of another’s ideas’ and that is not what Dr. Hamlet did,” Holley said.
Some community activists and others have spoken out in support of Hamlet, questioning whether he isn’t being unfairly scrutinized because he’s Black. But others, including Tim Stevens, the city’s former NAACP president and current head of the Black Political Empowerment Project, said the Black community also has concerns about Hamlet’s record.
“Regardless of all the drama, regardless of whether or not people sit on the same side of this argument, what’s really important is if he can do the job,” said Valerie Allman, a parent with the Education Rights Network, who supports Hamlet. “And I think he can.”
But Kennedy said the board wouldn’t have approved hiring Hamlet last month had the resume questions been raised before that vote.
“My belief is Dr. Hamlet will have a difficult time leading the district,” Kennedy said.
The former prosecutor’s report will be released publicly next week, after confidential personal information is redacted.