February 2011 Archives

California Administrator Named Superintendent of the Year

The district that Marc Johnson leads, Sanger Unified near Fresno, was recently profiled in an Edweek report on response to intervention.

Principals Report Areas of Freedom and Constraint in New Study

The progressive thinktank said that some charter school principals reported as many barriers to improving teacher quality as principals in traditional public schools.

Detroit Launches Search for Top District Staff; Faces School Closures

The shrinking district is faced with looking for an executive staff at the same time it is facing severe budget constraints.

School Superintendent and Principal Groups to 'Consolidate'

By guest blogger Sarah D. Sparks In the wake of dropping membership and deepening economic woes, the nation's largest professional groups for district superintendents and elementary school principals have thrown their lot in together. As part of a "functional consolidation," the Arlington, Va.-based American Association of School Administrators plans to move into the offices of its Alexandria, Va. neighbor, the National Association of Elementary School Principals in the next one to two years. Each group will keep its own name, board, leaders and members, but will share staff, space and purchasing power, according to Daniel A. Domenech, AASA's executive ...

Philly's Superintendent Doubles Her Furlough Days

With Philadelphia facing a massive budget shortfall, Arlene Ackerman has decided to go without 20 days of pay.

Mixed Results on Wake County's Busing Policy

Both supporters and opponents of the large district's diversity busing policy can find support in this local newspaper's analysis.

Rhee's Record on D.C. Academic Gains Questioned

A retired U.S. Education Department official says that improvement in the city's test scores predate the arrival of Michelle Rhee.

D.C. Launches Chancellor Search With Creation of Panel

The formation of the panel is required under city law, said the mayor.

Mayoral Frontrunner Emanuel Wants Longer School Day in Chicago

The former White House Chief of Staff, currently leading in the polls, is also in favor of expanding afterschool programs.

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