Some better news: School Board 10/20/10

Dr. Evans brought better news to the Board of Education on Wednesday night. The meeting was called to order at 7:05 with Best, Guzman, Irving, Kerr, Mendez and Simmons present. Rodriguez and Hodges entered at 7:10 and Taylor at 7:30 pm. Evans announced that the special auditors

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All alone, waiting for Superman

Yesterday, I went to see “Waiting for Superman, with four colleagues. Going with my trusted colleagues is very important to this story, because I didn’t go alone. As I think back upon the film, I’m stuck by the isolation of everybody in it-parents, children, teachers, experts. They

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Is mayoral control the answer to local control? Maybe not.

Two interesting reports were released Oct 12: one on fairness in school funding and the other on mayoral control of schools. I’ll write about the school funding report later. But for now, let’s consider mayoral control of schools as a possible way to return to local control.

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Paterson School Board workshop meeting 10/6; wrestling with bad news

Most of the news wasn’t good. Spring 2010 test scores were mostly down. One hundred eighty-six seniors didn’t pass the final exit exam and were denied diplomas. The board had lots of ideas about what to do that include all of us, especially parents, in motivating students.

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QSAC Stars in Trenton: Will we ever return to local control?

Yesterday I attended the Joint committee on Public Schools meeting.  Here are a few things I thought noteworthy. Senator Rice asked some very pointed questions about QSAC.  He wanted to know: the implementation process, how many districts had been evaluated, how many were in each level of monitoring

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Looking a gift horse in the mouth: Zuckerberg’s millions for Newark schools

Two different reporters called me yesterday about Zuckerberg’s $100 million gift to Newark schools. They asked if private dollars can substitue for public dollars in our schools. It is clear that they don’t understand how much money it takes to run our schools. Or how fickle donors

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Paterson School Board Workshop, Sept 1: Ready for School?

We’ll be covering the Paterson School Board meetings from now on.  Last night, September 1, the board held its regular workshop meeting at 6:17. Present for roll call were Commissioners Best, Guzman, Irving, Simmons and Taylor.  Commissioners Hodges and Kerr entered at 6:28 and Commissioner Mendez at

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PEF is blogging!

Hello, world! Paterson Education Fund’s Irene Sterling and Rosie Grant aim to keep you up to date on education issues in Paterson, in our state and around our world. And we hope to hear from you as we go. What is your burning education question? Will Paterson

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25th Anniversary Celebration

Created in 1983 by the Ford Foundation through the Public Education Fund, PEF began its work by providing small grants to teachers. Over time, PEF has moved from “doing good” to “making a difference” to “stimulating change.” The next 25 years will be even more challenging as

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