- Pr. George's Schools Chief Hired in Unanimous Vote.
The Prince George's County Board of Education voted unanimously last night to hire a new chief executive, aiming to stabilize a school system known for leadership churn and academic inconsistency.
John E. Deasy [John.Deasy], superintendent of a 12,500-student district in Southern California, will take over the 133,000-student Prince George's system May 1, nearly a year after the last schools chief resigned amid an ethics controversy
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To raise standards and performance, Deasy must build and sustain coalitions inside and outside the Beltway, from Laurel in the north to Accokeek in the south. Such broad support for schools has been elusive in Prince George's in recent years.
"It's not just him," said school board Vice Chairman Howard W. Stone Jr. [Howard.Stone] (Mitchellville). "It's getting the community to buy in, getting parents to buy in, getting churches to buy in, getting businesses to buy in. And we're all rolling in the same direction."
- School board to begin negotiations with new CEO-elect.
The Prince George’s County Board of Education will now begin contract negotiations with John Deasy [John.Deasy], schools CEO-elect who now heads the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District in California. Board members voted 9-0 at their meeting on March 2 to formally offer him the position.
School Board Chairwoman Beatrice Tignor [Beatrice.Tignor] said the board would likely have a contract written out ‘‘within the week” for Deasy to sign after legal counsel on both sides had ironed out the arrangements.
Tignor said the board was looking at a $250,000 starting salary as well as financial bonuses for upping student achievement.
Howard Stone [Howard.Stone], the board’s vice chair, said that Deasy had indicated he would not require a buyout provision in his contract, meaning he might not want financial compensation if he has to leave before he fulfills his contract.
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- Prince George's County picks Deasy for school chief executive; He still must be approved by Maryland superintendent.
The Prince George's County Board of Education made official the selection of John Deasy [John.Deasy] as the school system's next chief executive officer.
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"I believe he understands the challenges we face, and has the right skills, vision, sense of urgency and understanding of what it will take to lift up every child in all of our schools," said board chair Beatrice Tignor [Beatrice.Tignor].
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The school board's personnel committee chair Charlene Dukes [Charlene.Dukes] led a comprehensive interview process at the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District in late February. . . . Dukes said she felt the board completed "due diligence" in its search.
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- Decatur vacancy filled but parents remain dissatisfied.
Despite the fact that Stephen Decatur Middle School [map] has hired a full-time math teacher to fill a vacancy, PTA representatives are still concerned that all eighth grade students will not be prepared to start high school algebra in September.
- Bill seeks tougher penalties for violence at schools [PG.School.Violence].
- Examiner, 2 Mar 2006 (by Carol Motsinger, Capital News Service).
. . . A bill being considered by the Maryland General Assembly would allow judges to double the maximum prison time or fine for people convicted of a violent crime on school property, 1,000 feet from school property or in a school vehicle. . .
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Information on the total number of violent crimes committed on or near school property in Maryland was unavailable late Thursday.
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Sen. Gloria G. Lawlah [Sen.Lawlah], D-Prince George's, said the bill applies to all people - and not just students - because "older kids that hang around the school" often commit crimes.
Prince George's County Sheriff Michael A. Jackson [Sheriff.Jackson] said he believes harsher penalties will "put some teeth" into current enforcement.
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- Why there is no "civics" discipline, and why that matters; .
- Peter Levine; A blog for civic renewal, 3 Mar 2006 (Research Scholar, Public Policy, Univ. of MD).
Levine: "I'm writing a book about youth civic development and have just drafted a section entitled "There is no academic discipline of 'civics.'" In that section, I argue that the lack of such a discipline has negative consequences for research and teaching in schools and universities. It prevents us from understanding participation as well as we should and keeps us from preparing young people to be active and responsible participants. . . ."