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Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Education news: CEO search; Results and alternatives; Importing teachers

(Posted 15 Feb 2006)
Excluding local coverage of the school CEO search.

CEO search
  • Sawyer Finalist for East Coast Job.
  • Less than three years into his tenure heading up the Topeka Public School District, superintendent Tony Sawyer is a finalist for another job.

    The district confirmed the news Tuesday. Sawyer is one of three candidates in the running to head up the Prince George's County school district in the Washington, D.C. area.
    [. . .]
    Clothier credits Sawyer's leadership with raising test scores and empowering staff to grow. But Sawyer hasn't been without controversy. Some resisted his efforts to have administrators spend time observing classrooms as micromanaging teachers; a policy regarding classroom parties also drew criticism.
    [Full story].
  • Bigger job beckoning.
    • Topeka Capital Journal, 15 Feb 2006 (Registration required).
    . . . District 501's superintendent, will be the last of three finalists to be interviewed for the chief executive officer post to lead Prince George's County Public . . .
  • Schoolhouse rocked; PS 56 in turmoil after besieged principal ousted.
    • New York Daily News, 17 Jan 2006 (by Elizabeth Hayes, Daily News Staff Writer).
    The removal of a controversial Carroll Gardens principal for alleged testing irregularities has sparked the same division among parents as her widespread reforms.

    Even before the latest incident, earlier controversies at the school seemed to have taken a toll and the once-powerful leader may have been on her way out, Joyce Plush-Saly's supporters and detractors said.

    "It's like they were looking for a reason [to transfer her]," said one parent.

    The icy tone of top city school administrators at a PTA meeting before winter break, when the principal was out on an extended medical leave, led parents to believe Plush-Saly had fallen out of favor.

    "It was clear to almost everyone, there was more going on than was being told," said one parent. "Everybody came back and said we don't know if Joyce is coming back."

    Education Department officials dismissed the allegations.

    "Joyce Plush-Saly has been reassigned pending an investigation into possible testing improprieties at PS 58 and for no other reason," said Region 8 Superintendent Marcia Lyles in a statement.
    [. . .].
  • The Broad Center for the Management of School Systems Announces 2006 Class . . .
  • The Broad Center for the Management of School Systems announced today it has selected 18 business executives, military leaders and career educators to participate in the 2006 Broad Superintendents Academy. The Academy is a 10-month executive management program to train working CEOs and other top executives from business, non-profit, military, government and education backgrounds to lead urban public school systems.
    [. . .]
    • John E. Deasy Superintendent, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District
    • . . .
    • Marcia V. Lyles Regional Superintendent, New York City Department of Education
  • Dr. Deasy Goes to Washington.
    • Santa Monica Lookout News, 15 Feb 2006 (by Ann K. Williams, Staff Writer).
    School Superintendent Dr. John E. Deasy may not be long for Santa Monica.

    Widespread rumors that Deasy -- whose contract extension expires in July 2007 -- missed the last school board meeting because he was in Washington D.C. interviewing for a job seemed to be confirmed this week in The Washington Post.

    Less than two weeks after beginning classes to prime him for a move up the career ladder, Deasy is already closing in on the lead for a job taking over Prince George’s County Public Schools, the second largest school district in Maryland.
    [. . .].
  • School Superintendent Broadens His Education for Possible Move.
    • Santa Monica Lookout News, 8 Feb 2006 (by Ann K. Williams, Staff Writer).
    Superintendent Dr. John E. Deasy appeared to be getting ready to move up the career ladder last week, when a prominent Los Angeles businessman sent the district’s chief back to school to sharpen his skills and rub elbows with other top administrators.

    One of just 18 applicants chosen nationwide to receive a prestigious Eli Broad Superintendents Academy grant, Deasy will spend seven long weekends in the company of a cadre of educators and business, government and military leaders who aspire to take charge of the nation’s toughest urban schools.
    [. . .]
    “At some point I expect to work in a large urban school district,” Deasy said, defining large as 25,000 students or more, a good deal larger than the Santa Monica-Malibu District.
    [. . .].
Education results and alternatives
  • Baltimore to Baraka.
  • How bad are the Baltimore public schools? So bad that some kids went all the way to Kenya to try to get a better education. The documentary "Boys of Baraka" tells the story of four of these students.

    In a great review in today's Washington Post, Ruth Marcus sets the stage:

    "Boys of Baraka" opens with a heart-sinking statistic: 76 percent of African American boys in Baltimore public schools fail to graduate from high school. "My neighborhood is mostly about drugs," reports 13-year-old Richard Keyser, whose father is serving 13 years for shooting his mother. "What I'm willing to do is get away from here."

    The contrast between the two school systems is enough to give Marcus, a school choice skeptic, some second thoughts: . . .
    [Full posting]
  • School Lessons From Kenya.
  • . . . "Boys of Baraka" opens with a heart-sinking statistic: 76 percent of African American boys in Baltimore public schools fail to graduate from high school. "My neighborhood is mostly about drugs," reports 13-year-old Richard Keyser, whose father is serving 13 years for shooting his mother. "What I'm willing to do is get away from here."
    [. . .]
    The left's reflexive antipathy toward anything associated with the Bush administration has obscured the importance of holding schools accountable for the children they are failing. . . .
    [. . .]

    "When you're sending them to Baltimore city schools, you're sending them to jail," says one Baraka parent. School vouchers make me queasy, but "Boys of Baraka" forces the question: Who am I to tell parents in this terrible circumstance that the public schools are their only option?

    Which brings me back to the Warner screening. What you wouldn't have known from the packed house was how hard the sponsors, the D.C. Environmental Film Festival, had to work to get some of the students there. Most were from charter schools, which snapped up the invitations. But organizers made call after call trying to overcome the bureaucratic inertia of the D.C. school system.

    Of the city's 37 traditional middle and high schools, students from only seven came.

  • [Comment: And our schools are not signifcantly better than those in either Baltimore or Washington, DC].
PG importing Filipino teachers
  • Filipinos Fill Demand for Special Education Teachers in U.S. Schools.
    • Kansas City InfoZine, 27 Mar 2006 (by Roque Glenn Omania).
    Her 11-year-old students call Josefina Malibiran "Ms. M." because they can't pronounce her name. The nine children at Bradbury Heights Elementary School in Capitol Heights, Md., were ready to recite the days of the week and the months Monday when she called out, "It's warm up time!"

    Washington, D.C. - Scripps Howard Foundation Wire - infoZine - Then, the children, who are diagnosed with mental retardation or autism, energetically sang, "Hello, How Do You Do?"

    Malibiran, who is 57 and holds a doctorate in educational psychology, is applying what she calls universal skills. She's no longer teaching at a university in Manila, Philippines. She is one of 30 Filipinos hired last year by the Prince George's County Public Schools to teach special education.

    Malibiran is among more than 10,000 foreign teachers recruited annually to fill the gaping demand for teachers in the United States in crucial subjects such as special education, math and science.
    [. . .]
    Esperlita Vivit, 49, a Filipino teacher at Bradbury Heights, said she emptied her family savings and took out a loan to pay the recruitment agency. "I'm paying my loans now," she said.
    [Full story].
  • [Note: Although published recently, this story is very similar to one by Christina Cepero, Capital News Service, published in the Gazette, 22 Dec 2004.]

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