Thursday, May 31, 2012
Thursday, May 24, 2012
After much anticipation last night Buffalo Board of Education released the names of the 3 superintendent finalists for the Buffalo Schools vacant since former super James Williams had stepped down amid controversy last year.
School Board President Louis Petrucci announced the three after the School Board returned from executive session one hour later. Lee Pasquarella, head of Cascade Consultant Group was spotted in the Board room when they went into executive session and left after it returned public again.
The finalists were Edward Newsome, Pamela Brown and interim Super Amber Dixon. Dixon on the job as interim is the top contender followed by Pamela Brown noted as a specialist in second language acquisition. Formerly from the Philadelphia Schools, she is employed in the area of research in Massachusetts. Newsome doesn't appear to have the second language acquisition or bilingual education background of Brown. His website cites his expertise in many areas of education but none in bilingual education.
Although a group of stakeholders meet with the finalists today, it's not open to the public or the Board interviews on Friday. But there is a public reception today after the stakeholders meeting at Waterfront School downtown at 5PM . Some say the search process lacked transparency from inception. Yet, for the first time ever the School Board allowed the public
into the Board room when the consultants were initially interviewed. Yet the public didn't show up.
Thursday, May 10, 2012
NY1 Exclusive: Memo Shows Company Aware Of State Test Errors - NY1.com
Thursday, May 3, 2012
"Nothing says Reform like a $50,000 a plate contribution to a governor whose portfolio contains oil and gas holdings while he contemplates the expansion of hydrofracking. It's almost as comical as his Education Reform plan where the top two appointees to NYSED boast a whopping 3 years of combined classroom experience. Or the "state assessments" recycled and sold to NY for $32 million by Pearson (said by many to be his main donors for the 2016 campaign) none of which was without errors, including the infamous Pineapple section that was thrown out in its entirety. I hope the 450K he squeegied out of Buffalo's Brahmin yesterday is enough to cover the gap Cuomo will have come 2016 when he comes looking for a dime from organized labor whom he's thrown uner the bus and backed up over several times. Don't sell the NY condo just yet Governor." SEAN CROWLEY, EDEN, NY on Thu May 3, 2012 , Buffalo News comment.