The business of online education has apparently merged too close to one public school superintendent, as Houston school head Kim Ross has resigned, the Post-Bulletin's Laura Horihan reported today:
HOUSTON — Amid concerns about his involvement in a private online
learning initiative, Houston Superintendent Kim Ross announced Tuesday
that he'll be leaving the school district at the end of his contract
Houston School Board members discussed concerns earlier this month regarding Ross' role in Ambient Learning, which he created in partnership with another district employee, Steve Kerska. Houston Public Schools communications director Kelley Stanage confirmed that Ross will be leaving the school district.
Ross didn't respond to a request for comment for followup on the resignation from the superintendent's job.
Some Houston residents have voiced concern that Ross and Kerska's work with Ambient Learning was a conflict of interest and feared the company would compete with the district's online programs. Under Ross' leadership, Houston opened one of the first public online schools in Minnesota. He recently was named on of the top 10 Tech Savvy Superintendents by editors of eSchool News.
According to a story in the Chatfield News, Ross was among applicants for the Chatfield superintendent position but currently isn't being considered. School board member Ron Evenson said Monday that board members "certainly have questions" about Ross' and Kerska's involvement in Ambient Learning.
"Everybody's kind of in question mode," Evenson said.