About 200 people—including 20 to 30 students—rallied outside Chicago Public Schools on Wednesday, as the Board of Education approved the district’s annual budget, which includes hundreds of millions in cuts. Community activists who organized the protest rally and boycott said it would serve as a real-life lesson for students involved.
A graduate of Bowie High School and Bowie State University, newly appointed deputy superintendent of schools Monique Whittington Davis has deep ties to Bowie and to Prince George’s County. Davis also spent more than a decade as an educator and administrator in the county.
Next Tuesday marks the first day on the job for the new superintendent of Ann Arbor Public Schools, Jeanice Kerr Swift. Hired to a five-year contract, Swift comes to Ann Arbor from Colorado Springs School District 11, where she was assistant superintendent of instruction, curriculum and student services.
The governor of Maryland announced a new state CIO, and a new cybersecurity official. Isabel FitzGerald brings private- and public-sector experience, having served as CIO for the Maryland Department of Human Resources and later serving as the governor’s deputy secretary for operations. She will replace Elliot H. Schlanger, who will fill the newly created position of director of cybersecurity for the state.
Paymon Rouhanifard, an education strategist who has worked in the public school systems in Newark and New York City, could become Camden's new schools chief just in time for the start of classes Sept. 9.
Less money forced school districts to cut staff so class sizes grew and individual students got less attention, school officials say. Now with new funding-based incentives coming from Sacramento, districts are budgeting for more teachers, which they hope will bring down class sizes and improve the education of area children.
The Los Angeles Board of Education has ratified the unusual hiring of the mayor’s top education advisor, Thelma Melendez de Santa Ana. Melendez will be brought on as an employee of the LA USD, but with her salary and benefits paid by the city of Los Angeles. The arrangement will allow Melendez, a career educator, to continue to accrue pension benefits in the state teachers retirement system.
Idaho’s pathway to better public education could come with a price tag of more than $300 million, based on some preliminary recommendations from a state task force studying education reform. But Gov. Butch Otter, who formed the task force last December, told Idaho Education News he is more interested in hearing the task force’s ideas on what to do than asking its members to provide a budget.