People Watch

People Watch

Movers and shakers impacting education
 

NEW COMMISSIONER

The New York State Board of Regents has chosen David Steiner, dean of the Hunter College School of Education at the City University of New York and a leader in teacher preparation, as the state’s new education commissioner.

 

SHE’S IN CHARGE

A judge has ruled that June Atkinson, North Carolina’s elected superintendent of public instruction, is charged with overseeing the state’s public schools. The governor had placed this responsibility in the hands of an appointed official.

 

SUPT. RESIGNS

David Simmons has resigned as superintendent of the Richardson(Texas) ISD over what he and the school board called “philosophical differences.” Simmons, who was hired in January 2007, is receiving a $300,000 severance package.

 

NEW SCHOOL

Educational consultant David Glick is opening an online school in 2010 for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning students. The GLBTQ Online High School is organized as an nonprofit but hopes to partner with schools and districts.

 

RETAINS CONTROL

After a long delay, the New York state Senate has agreed to maintain Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s control over New York City schools. Amendments were added to the bill to strengthen parental input, arts instruction and safety.


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