The "Grade Doctor" won't be making any house calls to Wake County.
As noted in today's article, school administrators have broken off contract negotiations with education consultant Ken O'Connor, who calls himself "The Grade Doctor." Administrators had been hoping to hire him to speak with teachers as part of the district's review of middle school and high school grading practices.
At a cost of as much as $6,000 a day for up to eight days, the contract negotiations had become controversial.
"We're not contracting Ken O'Connor to come to Wake County," said Ken Branch, Wake's senior director for middle school programs.
Branch declined to elaborate any further. Whether it was O'Connor's price tag, especially during this era of budget cuts, or his recommendations, is debatable.
O'Connor thinks the deal was dropped because of the budget situation.
Kevin Hill, chairman of the school board, said he hadn't know that administrators had decided not to go ahead with the contract. But he said he agreed with the decision in light of the budget.
Even without O'Connor's presence, the grading practice review will still go on.