June 17, 2016

When the board of the Pittsburgh Public Schools hired Dr. Anthony Hamlet as its next superintendent, supporters hoped the move would unite the district behind a vision of Pittsburgh’s future. Instead, they worry, it has led to a divisive debate about Mr. Hamlet’s past.

“This has been a hoopla,” said Valerie Allman, a Troy Hill parent. “And it’s taken the focus off what’s important: these kids. … We’re expecting him to climb this huge mountain at the same time we cut his legs out from under him.”

Since Dr. Hamlet’s hiring was announced May 18, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and other media outlets have reported that his resume makes claims about his record that differ from data filed by the Florida school district where he previously worked. The school board has hired an attorney to review those questions.

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