Friday, May 28, 2010
Thursday, May 20, 2010
"Those are basically charter school people on that committee, and they don't like me," Morrill said, explaining that he has been critical of charter schools in the past because he doesn't believe the state can "afford two school systems." "Experience isn't what they want. What they want is someone they can control."
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
- Implement the LEA plan as identified in Exhibits I and II of this agreement;
- Actively participate in all relevant convenings, communities of practice, or other practice-sharing events that are organized or sponsored by the State or by the U.S. Department of Education (“ED”);
- Post to any website specified by the State or ED, in a timely manner, all non-proprietary products and lessons learned developed using funds associated with the Race to the Top grant;
- Participate, as requested, in any evaluations of this grant conducted by the State or ED;
- Be responsive to State or ED requests for information including on the status of the project, project implementation, outcomes, and any problems anticipated or encountered;
- Participate in meetings and telephone conferences with the State to discuss (a) progress of the project, (b) potential dissemination of resulting non-proprietary products and lessons learned, (c) plans for subsequent years of the Race to the Top grant period, and (d) other matters related to the Race to the Top grant and associated plans.
Ratcheting up the pressure on Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, former President Bill Clinton yesterday urged the state Assembly to pass legislation to lift the cap on charter schools.
"Absolutely, I do," Clinton said when he asked whether he backed a charter-school expansion -- taking a rare position on a controversial state issue.
"And I don't think they should do it just because of the federal funding," Clinton said, referring to New York's plan to apply for up to $700 million in Race to the Top grants.
"I think it's the right thing to do," he said during a promotional soccer event in Harlem at which the former president announced he would serve as honorary chairman of the United States' bid to host the 2018 or 2022 World Cup. "The [Assembly] should follow the Senate and lift the lid," Clinton said.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Monday, May 17, 2010
A 12-year-old student at Mountainville Academy in Alpine, as part of a Digital Arts class project, entered the Doodle 4 Google competition, and is now one of 40 national finalists. If he wins, he will win a $15,000 scholarship and the school will win a new computer lab. Wahoo!