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May 5, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
An administrator with a reputation for shaping up big-city schools was hired to lead New Orleans' beleaguered district as it recovers from Hurricane Katrina, officials said. Paul Vallas, 53, now the head of Philadelphia's public schools, will take over as superintendent of the state-run Recovery School District on or after July 1, Louisiana Education Superintendent Paul Pastorek said. "Everyone I spoke to said he is in the top tier of superintendents in this country," Pastorek said.
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May 5, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
An administrator with a reputation for shaping up big-city schools was hired to lead New Orleans' beleaguered district as it recovers from Hurricane Katrina, officials said. Paul Vallas, 53, now the head of Philadelphia's public schools, will take over as superintendent of the state-run Recovery School District on or after July 1, Louisiana Education Superintendent Paul Pastorek said. "Everyone I spoke to said he is in the top tier of superintendents in this country," Pastorek said.
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June 10, 2001 | RICHARD LEE COLVIN, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
Over the last six years, Paul G. Vallas loomed large over urban education in America. A former city budget director, he was an outsider brought in to fix the Chicago Public Schools system, one that had been declared among the nation's worst. The new CEO ordered an end to the automatic advancement of unprepared students, prompting President Clinton to urge other districts to do the same. Summer school? Testing? Scripted lessons? Vallas tried all of them first.
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June 10, 2001 | RICHARD LEE COLVIN, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
Over the last six years, Paul G. Vallas loomed large over urban education in America. A former city budget director, he was an outsider brought in to fix the Chicago Public Schools system, one that had been declared among the nation's worst. The new CEO ordered an end to the automatic advancement of unprepared students, prompting President Clinton to urge other districts to do the same. Summer school? Testing? Scripted lessons? Vallas tried all of them first.
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June 27, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
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
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September 1, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
NEWS
June 3, 2000 | From Associated Press
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.
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August 17, 2000 | From Associated Press
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."
OPINION
April 7, 2004 | Lydia Segal, Lydia Segal, a professor at John Jay College, is the author of "Battling Corruption in America's Public Schools" (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.
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February 9, 2003 | Michael Rubinkam, Associated Press Writer
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.
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December 16, 2008 | James Janega and Carlos Sadovi, Janega and Sadovi write for the Chicago Tribune.
Chicago Public Schools chief Arne Duncan, who over seven years maintained a positive story line for the troubled district, will join longtime basketball buddy Barack Obama's Cabinet as secretary of Education, a transition source said. Obama's nomination is to be announced today during a joint appearance at Dodge Renaissance Academy here. Since 2001, when Chicago Mayor Richard M.
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December 15, 2002 | From Associated Press
One hit a pregnant teacher, another exposed himself and another stabbed a classmate with a pencil. They've all been suspended from school this year. And they're all kindergartners. In the first four months under new schools chief Paul Vallas, 33 kindergartners have been suspended from Philadelphia public schools, up from just one during the same period last year. "The goal is to get the parents in," said Gwen Morris, who oversees alternative education for the 200,000-student district.
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