Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Mandate Relief Feedback Attached/SPSDEC Name Change/NY Chancellors

Mandate Relief

Back on November 17th I asked for your input on mandate relief to follow-up on interest expressed by Senators Dinniman and Williams. 

Thanks for your responses – I am attaching them for your review and will also forward them to PSBA.

We will use them to prepare a collated list to give to Senator Williams when he meets with  the Delaware County School Boards Legislative Council on December 7th and to pass along to Senator Dinniman.

 

SPSDEC is not just “Southeastern” anymore.   

We’re  145 school board members and administrators from 71 districts in  Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Berks, Bucks, Butler, Centre, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Lancaster, Lawrence, Lehigh, Mercer, Montgomery, Susquehanna, Tioga and Washington Counties.  We will be changing our name to reflect that.  Check out our new email archive at http://keystonestateeducationcoalition.org/

Best.

LAF

NY Times 11/23

Education Chief Raises Doubts on Pick by Bloomberg


By JAVIER C. HERNANDEZ and SHARON OTTERMAN

Published: November 23, 2010
The candidacy of Cathleen P. Black, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s choice to be chancellor of the New York City schools, was in jeopardy on Tuesday as both a panel weighing her credentials and the state official who will determine her fate expressed deep doubts about her readiness for the job.

NY Times 11/23

News Corp., After Hiring Klein, Buys Technology Partner in a City Schools Project


By FERNANDA SANTOS

Published: November 23, 2010
Greg Gunn and Larry Berger met as Rhodes scholars at Oxford University and, after stints teaching computer skills and mathematics to children in Harlem and Stamford, Conn., they came upon an idea: create a business that would put technology in the hands of teachers and into classrooms.

Tom Friedman covers education for the second day in a row…..
NY Times Op-Ed Columnist

U.S.G. and P.T.A.


By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN

Published: November 23, 2010
“Our unemployment today is not only because of the financial crisis. There are some deeper problems. If we’re going to get more Americans back to work, we will need more stimulus from the U.S.G. — the U.S. government — from the top down. But we will also need more stimulus from the P.T.A.’s — the Parent Teacher Associations — from the bottom up.”

By Paul Thomas, The Guardian Nov. 16th

The corporate takeover of American schools

The trend for appointing CEOs to the top jobs is symptomatic of a declining commitment to public education and social justice



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