S. Dallas Dance appointed to federal commission on African American education
President Barack Obama in August appointed Baltimore County Schools Superintendent S. Dallas Dance to the Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans. Dance has been superintendent in Baltimore County since 2012. He helped raise the graduation rate by 2.5 percent—to over 86 percent—between 2012 and 2013.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio reached a nearly $68 million contract agreement with the school safety agents union and a tentative settlement with its workers over equal-pay discrimination claims. Teamsters Local 237 members will receive 10 percent raises over the course of the new seven-year contract, along with a $1,000 ratification bonus for each worker.
Portland Public Schools Superintendent Carole Smith was granted a 28 percent raise and three-year contract extension, making her the highest-paid schools chief in Oregon. She has been superintendent since 2007. The school board voted 5-2 to approve the raise, and those in favor cited her willingness to stay during tough times.
School District of Philadelphia Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. laid off 81 employees at the start of the school year, including 17 central office workers. The move will save the financially troubled district $5.4 million, according to a spokesperson. The district started school on time in August despite an $81 million budget deficit.