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April 04, 2007

Who Is This Man?

His name's Pedro Garcia (not "Gonzalez,: as he was once introduced by Senator Jim Sasser), and he is, according to this Nashville Scene article ( Best Foes Forever), the second longest-serving urban superintendent in the nation. Who knew? Not I. Who's the longest-serving urban supe these days? ...

April 03, 2007

LA Unified Slaps Down Green Dot Charter Proposal

"Who do you think you are -- KIPP?" muttered one of the LA unified board members who voted down the Green Dot proposal to start eight new charters. No, not really, but they did vote down the proposal after lengthy negotiations, which has gotta hurt anyway (L.A. Unified rejects charter expansion LAT...

March 27, 2007

Mayoral Control -- What Happens Next?

To me, the most interesting point made in this impressive USA Today roundup of mayoral control from last week (More mayors move to take over schools) is the reminder that mayoral control has risen during a time of unusual mayoral longevity. What happens in places like Chicago and Boston and New Yor...

March 20, 2007

Rounding Up Big-City News

Read about L. A. Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa’s most recent power politics versus Los Angeles Unified School District (L.A. Board Race Hinges on Runoff EdWeek)…New York City Schools Chancellor Joel Klein, having dismantled local school boards, may get less than stellar grades from some curio...

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