Superintendents pushing reforms as big and as quickly as Grier come to learn that critics come with the territory. “You don’t take yourself too seriously in this job,” Grier told the Houston crowd. “Any time you do what I do for a long time, you’re going to have a lot of allies and you’re going to have a lot of critics. … The key is, you want to be able at the end of the day to know that you made a difference in the lives of children.”

Grier, who began his career as a teacher and a coach in North Carolina, has run nine school districts in six states over the last 25 years. His allies and critics agree on one thing: Grier pushes change at lightning speed. That’s a main reason the Houston school board recruited him from the San Diego Unified School District.

Read the entire story about Houston Independent School District Superintendent Terry Grier.

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