People Watch: Superintendent resigns over special ed controversy
Stephen Falcone, superintendent of Darien Public Schools in Connecticut, resigned in October after a state Department of Education report found the district violated special education laws on multiple occasions during the 2012-2013 school year.
Kansas City Public Schools Superintendent Steve Green signed a new contract to stay in the district for up to five more years. The state removed the district’s accreditation in January 2012, and Green’s goal is to restore accreditation by June 2014 or face a state takeover.
Principal service award
Kelly Johnson, a principal in Sidney Public Schools in Montana, won the Montana School Boards Association School and Community Service Award. She implemented a Positive Behavior Interventions and Support program in her middle school, which involves schoolwide instruction on positive social behaviors.
Tech director award
Sioux City CSD Technology Director Neil Schroeder was named Iowa Technology & Education Connection’s administrator of the year in October. He implemented a laptop program at the district’s high school, and helped create a new curriculum integrating digital technology and flipped classrooms.
Student privacy concerns
U.S. Sen. Edward Markey, a Democrat from Massachusetts, wrote a letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan questioning changes in the Family Education Right and Privacy Act that allow schools to share student data without parents’ consent.