The Pflugerville school board unanimously named Alex Torrez the superintendent of the 23,430-student district. Torrez signed a three-year contract at 7 a.m., and immediately stepped into his new position.
Dr. Carey Wright, a 36-year veteran of teaching and school administration, has spent the majority of her career in Maryland, which ranked first in the nation for five consecutive years, based on the 2013 Quality Counts report on educational quality.
Lafayette School District Assistant Superintendent Rachel Zinn has been selected to replace Superintendent Fred Brill, who is leaving to become the top administrator of the San Lorenzo Unified School District.
Durham Public Schools announced Thursday that Dr. Stacey Wilson-Norman, who currently serves as area superintendent for elementary schools, will become the new deputy superintendent for academic services.
Golden is Oregon's second chief education officer, charged with remaking education from preschool through grad school to dramatically increase how many Oregonians become well-educated. She follows Rudy Crew, who spent only a year in the post and became better known for frequent travel than leaving a lasting impact.
State schools superintendent Tommy Bice said he will be recommending that the Alabama State Department of Education take “an active role” in Montgomery Public Schools, an action Bice said goes beyond a monitor that the Montgomery school board requested on Tuesday.
While the majority of state school systems have cut spending between fiscal year 2008 and fiscal year 2014, the cuts have been much more severe in some places than in others. According to the latest school spending data compiled by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, seven states have cut per-pupil spending by more than 15% in that time frame.
San Diego Unified was honored as one of four finalists that had vied for the award, which recognizes academic achievement and innovative leadership in urban districts that typically have many poor and minority students.
Pam Stewart, the interim education commissioner chosen after Tony Bennett’s abrupt resignation in August, has been officially hired as Bennett’s successor. Stewart previously served as the chancellor of public schools.