Job Opening at DPI: The First Deputy Superintendent of Innovation Lasted Only Seven Months

The following is a February 27, 2019  press release from NC Public Schools about the resignation of Dr. Eric Hall, the Deputy Superintendent of Innovation at DPI.

State Superintendent Mark Johnson announced today that Eric Hall will be leaving his post in March, returning to his home state of Florida to become chancellor for innovation at the Florida Department of Education. Eric has been deputy state superintendent of innovation in North Carolina since that position was created last year; previously, he served as the founding superintendent of North Carolina’s Innovative School District. Eric first came to North Carolina in 2013 to serve as president and CEO of Communities in Schools of North Carolina.

“We hate to see Eric go, but when you assemble a great team you can’t be surprised when good opportunities come knocking,” Johnson said. “Florida’s commissioner of education, Richard Corcoran, is focused on many of the same education innovations as we have been in North Carolina, so Eric will be a great asset and leader in this work. Rachel and I wish him and his family the best as they return to the Sunshine State.”

In Florida, Eric will report directly to Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran and will focus on implementation of top education priorities such as workforce and computer science education, expanding school choice, K-12 standards and more. A Florida native, Eric previously worked with AMIkids from 1997 to 2013, including as the group’s national director of educational services, supervising the accountability processes and academic programming for 56 school sites across nine states.

“Throughout his career, Dr. Hall has shown his dedication to student success and to using innovative strategies to spread that success in support of public schools,” said Florida Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran. “I thank Superintendent Johnson for his gracious support of Eric’s career and family and am happy to welcome Eric home to the Sunshine State.”

Dr. Eric Hall was the Deputy Superintendent of Innovation for seven months after a reorganization of DPI by Johnson in July of 2018.

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His new duties were defined by Johnson in his press release last July as:

Eric’s group will house divisions including Charter Schools, the ISD, Career and Technical Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Accountability, and Federal Programs – all areas that will focus on generating, implementing, evaluating, and scaling successful strategies across the state to improve student outcomes.

Before that, Dr. Hall was the first superintendent of the Innovative School District. He was hired to do that in March of 2017.

Dr. Hall has been a superintendent of an ISD and Deputy Superintendent ofInnovation for DPI and will now be going back to Florida. All in the span of less than two calendar years.

And that ISD district currently only has one school with around 200 students which has been adversely affected by poverty.

But that kind of time commitment to public education should not be a surprise considering how long the state superintendent was in the classroom as a teacher.

The span of less than two calendar years.

DPI’s spokespeople and Mark Johnson can release as many statements as they want about the contributions of Dr. Hall to the public schools of North Carolina. But the fact that he has left after such a brief time during a turbulent time in DPI speaks volumes.

Especially when Johnson just got through with a vapid speech on Feb. 19th about how we should be retaining our “educators” and leaders for the long haul.