Incidents lead to questions

Apr 11, 2007 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Courier

“The disciplinary reports from the high school were morally and ethically corrupt”

What led to the resignation of Layne Hunt as principal at Ypsilanti High School? How safe is the flagship school of the Ypsilanti Public School district? Washtenaw County Sheriff's Department incident reports ... via Courier

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Former Hunt Employee

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Apr 29, 2007
 

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Has anyone taken a look at Layne Hunt's previous performance record? He has been asked to leave ALL of his previous administrative positions, whether through a buyout, demotion designed to make him quit, or out-and-out firing. I worked for him for two years, and it was a nightmare. He is like a kid himself, and acts like the kids' friend, not an administrator. Discipline didn't exist when he was "in charge." This does not surprise me at all. We all just keep Google-ing to see the next place that fires him. Beware!
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May 29, 2007
 
It never ceases to amaze me the number of cowardice allegations made by nameless, faceless people without any foundation to try and create the type of image they want to create of Layne Hunt. I know this for a fact he has done more to help the young people under his charge than any administrator I know of and he will always be welcome to assist my family members. Public education is broken and it does not take agreement with Layne Hunt to see that fact. Maybe if more people would get involved helping Dr. Hunt help our kids develop into the productive citizens as he has help to create our dropout rate would be much lower. Just a few questions for anyone who reads this. What is the success rate for the one who made the above posting?, What is the motive of the negative posting? Finally, if he is so bad, why do so many parents, students and dedicated educators support him so strongly? Be careful of those who come baring a bone they usually have nothing better to do.
Anthr Frmr Hunt Employee

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So here we are...it is June and we are two months with out Dr. Hunt. I have been very silent until now....Dr. Hunt will ruin any district he is involved in. Don't believe me? Spend a couple hours searching his name on the internet...I'm sure the Ann Arbor news and Ypsilanti Courier will turn up something for you. If not, go to the Ypsilanti District Library. You will certainly be able to find periodicals on this man who has tarnished the past two districts he has worked for.
I had a conversation with a parent today. I had to relate to them the excellent job the "new" principal is doing.(I say new because he is new to the district, though he has more experience in education as an administrator than I have of age...and I am over 30 years old...) The parent is still moving her student to another district...which I think is a mistake. Ypsilanti is about to make a turnaround with Mr. John Brown. Those who stay will be champions.
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Has anyone taken a look at Layne Hunt's previous performance record? He has been asked to leave ALL of his previous administrative positions, whether through a buyout, demotion designed to make him quit, or out-and-out firing. I worked for him for two years, and it was a nightmare. He is like a kid himself, and acts like the kids' friend, not an administrator. Discipline didn't exist when he was "in charge." This does not surprise me at all. We all just keep Google-ing to see the next place that fires him. Beware!
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Jun 11, 2007
 
If he's so tarnished why did they hire him in the first place?
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Jul 5, 2007
 
Ironic that 'someone' is also nameless and faceless. If he's so great, stand by him publicly not anonymously.
Lynne Marshall

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Let's start with some facts...
1) Dr. Hunt was recruited from Benton Harbor (where they loved him) by James Hawkins to come and save YPS from embarrassment of not implementing the 9th grade academy (in which they had received grants monies for). If the academy was not implemented in the 2006-07 school year, YPS would have had to return this money!
2) YHS has been known for teaching only select students, someone please explain to me how in a school that is 70% African American and 30% Caucasian, in all of the advanced placement/honor/college prep courses the overwhelming majority is Caucasian. And you have teachers saying they are not going to teach "those other kids,” and the teachers making this statement only teach the advanced placement/honor/college prep courses.
3) Maybe this fact will get your attention – in those advance placement classes, the students (majority Caucasian) are overwhelmingly failing the advance placement test. The AP Courses that YHS offered were not curriculum certified and Dr. Hunt was very involved in transforming ALL of the AP courses to ensure that ALL students were going to be taught the proper “certified” curriculum to help facilitate the students to pass the AP tests.
3) Dr. Hunt was making positive changes in the high school for ALL of the students. He was requiring the senior teachers, the ones with the most experience, to teach the general ed courses to ensure that ALL of the students of YHS were obtaining a solid education.
4) Dr. Hunt was requiring ALL of the teachers to contact parents if a student was failing in their class long before the grading period ended. He required the teachers to establish relationships with the parents and students.
5) Dr. Hunt has many teachers and staff within YHS that support him. Why they are not speaking out, well one teacher did speak out at a board meeting. What happened to her, she was immediately taken off of her assignment and steady attempts are being made to get her out of the high school. When you have an “old school network” it does intimidate people to be silent.
Let me not forget the safety issue at the high school. Dr. Hunt followed all of the procedures at YHS and James Hawkins knew about every incident at that high school. Why haven’t any headlines been written regarding the fire that was started in the high school by a student and the gun that a student had in their possession. Yes, this happened at YHS in the later part of the 06-07 school year. The gun incident was after Dr. Hunt was gone and the fire incident was on the later end of his time at YHS. Both incidence were reported to James Hawkins, I know for a fact the fire student was not expelled and I believe neither was the gun student. Now I ask – which incident could have hurt/effect more students, which is more dangerous – a knife, a fire, or a gun.

I think before anyone makes a judgment on a person you should have all of the facts. I could go on, but I think you have enough for now.
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Aug 2, 2007
 
Lynne Marshall wrote:
Let's start with some facts...
1) Dr. Hunt was recruited from Benton Harbor (where they loved him) by James Hawkins to come and save YPS from embarrassment of not implementing the 9th grade academy (in which they had received grants monies for). If the academy was not implemented in the 2006-07 school year, YPS would have had to return this money!
2) YHS has been known for teaching only select students, someone please explain to me how in a school that is 70% African American and 30% Caucasian, in all of the advanced placement/honor/college prep courses the overwhelming majority is Caucasian. And you have teachers saying they are not going to teach "those other kids,” and the teachers making this statement only teach the advanced placement/honor/college prep courses.
3) Maybe this fact will get your attention – in those advance placement classes, the students (majority Caucasian) are overwhelmingly failing the advance placement test. The AP Courses that YHS offered were not curriculum certified and Dr. Hunt was very involved in transforming ALL of the AP courses to ensure that ALL students were going to be taught the proper “certified” curriculum to help facilitate the students to pass the AP tests.
3) Dr. Hunt was making positive changes in the high school for ALL of the students. He was requiring the senior teachers, the ones with the most experience, to teach the general ed courses to ensure that ALL of the students of YHS were obtaining a solid education.
4) Dr. Hunt was requiring ALL of the teachers to contact parents if a student was failing in their class long before the grading period ended. He required the teachers to establish relationships with the parents and students.
5) Dr. Hunt has many teachers and staff within YHS that support him. Why they are not speaking out, well one teacher did speak out at a board meeting. What happened to her, she was immediately taken off of her assignment and steady attempts are being made to get her out of the high school. When you have an “old school network” it does intimidate people to be silent.
Let me not forget the safety issue at the high school. Dr. Hunt followed all of the procedures at YHS and James Hawkins knew about every incident at that high school. Why haven’t any headlines been written regarding the fire that was started in the high school by a student and the gun that a student had in their possession. Yes, this happened at YHS in the later part of the 06-07 school year. The gun incident was after Dr. Hunt was gone and the fire incident was on the later end of his time at YHS. Both incidence were reported to James Hawkins, I know for a fact the fire student was not expelled and I believe neither was the gun student. Now I ask – which incident could have hurt/effect more students, which is more dangerous – a knife, a fire, or a gun.
I think before anyone makes a judgment on a person you should have all of the facts. I could go on, but I think you have enough for now.
Thank you for the info
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Aug 8, 2007
 
so...where will he show up next?
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formeremployee wrote:
so...where will he show up next?
I pray he shows up in our District! We need someone that truly cares about ALL students and their education. Dr. Hunt is the type of person that puts students first!!!
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Aug 21, 2007
 
No you don't!
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Aug 22, 2007
 
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No you don't!
I'm speaking from first hand witnessing of Dr. Hunt's interaction with students and staff. Teachers that are set in their ways and only wanting to teach "certain" students should retire and/or find a new career! Educators should be color-blind!

Again, I state -- I hope he shows up in the Ypsilanti Public School District!
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"I'm speaking from first hand witnessing of Dr. Hunt's interaction with students and staff. Teachers that are set in their ways and only wanting to teach "certain" students should retire and/or find a new career! Educators should be color-blind!

Again, I state -- I hope he shows up in the Ypsilanti Public School District! "
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I cosign this statement 100% as I was a student at a school Hunt was at back in the mid 90's , I saw this in action with my own eyes back then. There is no doubt there is an ESTABLISHMENT against the type of educator in which Layne Hunt is. Any school he's at is all the better for it.
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Aug 7, 2009
 
Well time has passed and the high school is still receiving a D from the state. The test scores have not improved. We still have fights and there may be more than there were back then. At least the principal dealt with the issues that were being brought up. I also know that he met with families and the community members monthly and I attended the meetings, everyone of them and they were informative and enjoyable. I know that it is easy to criticize, but I understand what value Dr Hunt brought to our school community and I know that wherever he is the students and parents are benefiting. We Miss You Dr Hunt!
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Sep 27, 2012
 
Dr. Hunt is one of the most arrogant, imcompetent supervisors I have ever met. Working with him is total chaos. While there were numerous fights, assaults, and everything else going on, he was in his office with his door closed. Sometimes he even left the building in the middle of the chaos. He was not supportive of his staff who many times faced abuse by disrespectful students and their enabler parents. Working for Dr. Hunt was the most stressful time in my career. He should never become administrator in any school district
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Sep 27, 2012
 
A Parent wrote:
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I pray he shows up in our District! We need someone that truly cares about ALL students and their education. Dr. Hunt is the type of person that puts students first!!!
Be careful what you pray for-you'll be sorry!
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Sep 27, 2012
 
Anthr Frmr Hunt Employee wrote:
So here we are...it is June and we are two months with out Dr. Hunt. I have been very silent until now....Dr. Hunt will ruin any district he is involved in. Don't believe me? Spend a couple hours searching his name on the internet...I'm sure the Ann Arbor news and Ypsilanti Courier will turn up something for you. If not, go to the Ypsilanti District Library. You will certainly be able to find periodicals on this man who has tarnished the past two districts he has worked for.
I had a conversation with a parent today. I had to relate to them the excellent job the "new" principal is doing.(I say new because he is new to the district, though he has more experience in education as an administrator than I have of age...and I am over 30 years old...) The parent is still moving her student to another district...which I think is a mistake. Ypsilanti is about to make a turnaround with Mr. John Brown. Those who stay will be champions.
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I totally agree. He will be with a school district just long enought to create even more problems. He doesn't see a need to change his ways because he thinks he knows everything.
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Dec 20, 2013
 
Well, as was predicted, there is no Layne Hunt and let’s check the record of fact. One school has closed, another has closed and been taken over by the state run educational authority and one has now merged due to a lack of students, funding issues and decline in quality performance. Now Dr. Hunt may be a great educator or a bad educator but certainly no responsible thinking person can believe that the failure of public education systems, schools and ineffective teachers are a result of his failures. It seems to me that as a professional Dr. Hunt must have been doing something to address these inevitable endings and there were and maybe still are stubborn minded individuals who instead of gaining insight from a visionary leader or joining in the struggle to improve their children’s school or even becoming a more effective teacher, they would rather place the responsibility of the catastrophic failure which both took time and many people to create at the foot of one person, Dr. Layne Hunt. Well, they say “a man is remembered for the deeds he has done.” It seems to me from all that I have read regarding this educator he should be commended for several things 1) He continues to place himself in the middle of the fight to improve education for all of our students and not just the privileged. 2) He apparently does not enter a situation and simply accepts the status quo, that alone will make some unhappy and uncomfortable especially if you are unproductive and ineffective. 3) He places the best interest of students first as stated in one of the criticisms of him. 4) Obviously education systems across our country are challenging, however if we are lucky enough to have dedicated, passionate and committed people such as Dr. Hunt working in our schools maybe things will get better instead of worse. Before you decide to write a negative response to my opinion, think about dedicating your time, energy, thoughts and creativeness to helping a school in your community or a student, (maybe even your own) maybe even visit a classroom to ensure the effectiveness of a teacher. This will accomplish three things as I see it, you will be making a positive contribution to education and the students being served. You will become part of the solution rather than part of the problem or blaming others for the failures in education. Finally you will accomplish your ultimate goal of preventing your district, school or student from desperately seeking out Dr. Layne Hunt or other educators like him who have to be hired to try to correct the challenges that apathy and complacency and ineffectiveness may produce because they (educators such as Dr. Hunt) have the courage of their convictions and our students future at the center of all they do.

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