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Thursday, January 26, 2006

Education News (Thursday)

(Posted 26 Jan 2006)
  • Field narrows in search for schools CEO.
  • School board members have begun looking at candidates for the vacant schools CEO position, but they aren’t seeing eye-to-eye on exactly what they want.

    Abby Crowley, board member from Upper Marlboro wants someone who can build a consensus among teachers, administrators and the school board on education policy. But she also wants someone who won’t upset the system by making radical changes.
    [. . .]
    ‘‘We don’t need to reverse course . . .
    • [Comment: We have the worst schools in the Washington suburbs, among the two worst in the state. Although there has been no significant measurable improvement in school performance or management during the life of the current school board, at least some members oppose reversing course or making radical changes. Do they want to continue to fail?]
  • Grand jury investigation may be looming in school uniform dispute.
  • The principal at Charles H. Flowers High School says she expects to be called before a grand jury investigating alleged improprieties in how the former schools PTSA president purchased school uniforms last year. . . .
  • Pinsky offers compromise on school board structure.
  • State Sen. Paul Pinsky (D-Dist.22) of University Park has offered a compromise structure for the Prince George’s County School Board, which, if adopted by the legislature, will determine how school board election will be run in November.
    [. . .]
    Del. Brian Moe (D-Dist. 21) of Laurel said Wednesday that he had not seen Pinsky’s compromise, but indicated that the House may not be receptive.
    [. . .].
    • [Comment: I wonder if Sen. Pinsky would favor splitting the difference in the Senate and having half of our state senators elected at large. After all, he seems to believe that single district seats lead to parochialism. ]

Education bills sponsored by Prince George's legislators, 26 Jan 2006
  • SB 293 - 26 Jan 2006
    • Education - Public Charter Schools - Clarifications
    • Senator Pinsky, et al

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