June 27, 2001 |
Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley named an aide to former public school chief executive Paul Vallas to replace him as head of the nation's third-largest school system. Arne Duncan, 36, will preside over a school system with 435,000 students, 45,900 employees and a $3.5-billion annual budget. Vallas resigned June 7 after six years as CEO of Chicago Public Schools. Duncan became the deputy chief of staff in 1999 after working since 1998 as director of magnet schools for the city's board of
September 1, 2002 |
The Philadelphia schools chief gave Edison Schools until Tuesday to provide more documentation on its financial condition or risk losing its contract to manage 20 of the city's low-performing schools. Paul G. Vallas said the company had not yet provided a financial report for fiscal 2002 or confirmation that a $40-million line of credit was in place.
June 3, 2000 |
With the driver screaming he couldn't stop, a car drove into a school playground Friday as a crowd gathered for an awards assembly. At least 11 people were injured, mostly children. Several remained hospitalized Friday night, including a 4-year-old boy in serious condition with a fractured skull. The car went through a fence and across a playground at the Robert Fulton Elementary School on the city's South Side, Fire Department spokesman Will Knight said.
August 17, 2000 |
Public school officials in this city are giving their blessing to religious groups that are distributing Ten Commandment book covers to students--as long as the groups stay off school property and give the material only to children who want it. "I am enthusiastically supportive," Chicago Public Schools CEO Paul Vallas said Wednesday, the day the distributions began outside an elementary school. "I view the Ten Commandments as history's value statements. They're certainly universally accepted."
April 7, 2004 |
As shrinking revenue forces public schools across the country to slash budgets, superintendents are searching for ways to cut without harming learning. My study of six districts identified a way to free up millions of dollars for classrooms and enhance teaching. How? Change union work rules. Work rules negotiated by unions carve employment fiefdoms for union members regardless of cost or who is best suited for the job. They affect public schools across the nation.
February 9, 2003 |
Jennifer Jones doesn't take any guff. Not from her own kids, not from the ones in the neighborhood, and especially not from the ones she sees goofing off on the subway or at the mall when they should be in school. Jones, 42, is one of 250 truant officers hired by the Philadelphia school district to get thousands of truants back to class. It is no accident that Jones is a parent of two school-age children. The district is specifically recruiting parents.