Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 10/17/2013 - 10:19am
At the beginning of the AIDS panic, misinformation about how HIV could and could not be transmitted was the norm and not the exception. As we move into the fourth decade since we discovered that HIV causes AIDS, panic has subsided thanks to accurate education. Unfortunately, some of our schools have fallen woefully short of providing up-to-date training for teachers and administrators—to the detriment of our children.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 10/17/2013 - 10:16am
We are beginning to see real results in America’s cities, the epicenters of innovation, including the four we lead: Denver; Providence, R.I.; San Antonio; and Sacramento, Calif. Long before we entered the political arena, each of us lived in the city we now lead. We attended public schools and sat at those desks—and through that connection, we know that public education can work.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 10/17/2013 - 10:13am
West Baton Rouge Parish School Superintendent David Corona announced that he’s retiring from the school system effective in July, saying it’s time to pass the torch to someone who can “take the district to the next level.”
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 10/17/2013 - 10:05am
After a five-month search, the board of ed voted 5-3 to appoint Salvatore Goncalves, principal of Bloomfield Middle School, to take the reins as superintendent of the 6,100-student district.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 10/17/2013 - 10:00am
The Durham Board of Ed will hold a special meeting next week to discuss Superintendent Eric Becoats’ spending on a school district-issued credit card. Records show Becoats spent more than $20,000 on the credit card from July 2012 to June 2013 for out-of-state conferences, meals with colleagues, travel expenses and more.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 10/17/2013 - 9:56am
Candidates vying for school board seats on the state's most watched school districts—Denver Public Schools and in Douglas County—have attracted nearly $900,000 in donations, according to the first round of campaign finance reports.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 10/17/2013 - 9:51am
Amid protests from hundreds of bus drivers and aides, the Miami-Dade School Board voted down a controversial proposed transportation outsourcing study, citing as their reason that the district already knows its transportation costs—down to $69 million from about $83 million three years ago—are less than Duval County’s privatized services.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 10/17/2013 - 9:45am
With the release of the School Performance Profiles nearly two weeks ago, the state has a new accountability system, but it appears the same schools are as the top of the rankings and the same schools are at the bottom as under the old system.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 10/17/2013 - 9:41am
Just weeks after the death of a Philadelphia schoolgirl and amid mounting pressure from school advocates and civil rights groups, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett announced he would release $45 million in funding that he’d been withholding from the beleaguered Philadelphia School District.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Thu, 10/17/2013 - 9:36am
Just before Easter in 1995, Harvard senior John R. Connolly went to Manhattan's Lower East Side at the urging of his Spanish professor, a Jesuit priest, to visit a boys’ school for low-income immigrant families. Because of that experience, he ended up teaching for three years. That time in his life has become part of his campaign biography, as the city council member and experienced corporate lawyer runs to become Boston’s “education mayor.”