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Time for a pause

Time for a pause

I remember an article I wrote at the end of my year as president of our association. It was about those few minutes between the end of one school year and the start of the next. It’s that time when you say good-bye to the students and teachers leaving for their summer break, and that awaiting meeting to discuss next year issues. There is that minute or two, without pressure to “get it done” that you get to reflect on the past year.

Well, this is my pause.

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A New Super!


I am writing you with mixed feelings to tell you I must resign as the MASSP High School Commission Chairperson and from the MASSP Board of Directors. I've accepted a position as Superintendent of the Laingsburg Community School system effective August 3, 2009.

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For a number of years headlines in local papers pronounced the failings of public and charter schools. When we worked so hard to put the ACT in place as our test, our critics concluded that we'll never be able to show improvement. They also said our averages would go down.

Well, not so.

This year, with 100% of our students taking the ACT we have growth --significant growth.

My Saturday morning paper had this headline: "Schools do well in state Merit Exam."

Our members and their teaching staff are seeing the means to get our students to the next step. Good job!

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You know those things your read about in the news? Then you actually get to see it? Well that happened to me the other day while visiting the Newseum in Washington, DC.

A recent principal decision was a court case before the U.S. Supreme Court - Bong 4 Jesus. We've all read about it, wrote articles about the decision, and in our minds use the decision for our decision making.

Well, I saw the sign the kids posted in the "Freedom of Speech" exhibit. It was cool just to see the actual sign.

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We're Off - SB 698 (CTE)

July 16, 09 - Senate Bill 698 showed its face. This was the result of four months of work with the Governor's office. During all this time we were being battered around by different groups advocating for career pathways, two tracks, one diploma vs. two diplomas, you're either with us or you're our enemy and we will do what every we can to discredit you, and "lowering standards."

SB 698 is intended to clarify. It was pointed out to me that several in the CTE community believed to participate in a CTE program that doesn't meet every Algebra II standard required the student to go through the personal curriculum process. We wanted language that made it very clear that this was not intended in the legislation.