It’s often hard to predict the future. But not always. For example, I’m certain that in 2050, barring global catastrophe, there will be a place called “the University of California, Berkeley” where exceptionally bright student will come to live and study. Eminent scholars will be there too, working with one another and teaching students face-to-face. People will drink too much on weekends, go to football games, say things that they’ll look back on with a mixture of pride and embarrassment, and complain about parking.
I’m just as certain that in 2050 the University of California will be granting bachelor’s degrees to students who
In a Friday afternoon gift to prospective teachers, the city announced today that it is relaxing hiring restrictions in a few more subjects.
Principals are now allowed to look outside the city’s current teaching corps to fill physics, gifted and talented, and elementary English as a second language positions. Applicants who want to teach gifted classes must have special certification from the state.
The positions join a handful of others that are exempt from the Department of Education’s
Schools that screen come out on top and schools that take neighborhood students fall to the bottom of our next rankings installment, which tackles middle schools.
A few charter schools are also in the mix — both on the top and bottom lists. Unlike
Will teachers offended by the crusadingfilm “Waiting for Superman” make their voices heard? A first attempt has fizzled, so far.
The film’s negative portrayal of teachers unions has drawn criticism from, among others, teachers union president Randi Weingarten. So when Donors Choose, the website that helps match small donors with teachers seeking to fund classroom projects, sent out an email to its members asking them to pledge to see the film, a
Paul Strange will not seek re-election as Mt. Diablo trustee
By Michelle Maitre
Contra Costa Times
Posted: 08/06/2010 11:28:28 AM PDT
Updated: 08/06/2010 11:50:09 AM PDT
Paul Strange announced today that he will not seek re-election to the Mt. Diablo school board.
In a post on the Mt. Diablo schools blog, Strange, a district trustee since 2006, wrote: "To properly serve the school district, I believe a school board member must commit in excess of a thousand hours per year to school board service. In the past few years, I have committed that level of time. This commitment has kept me away from my family and my business. When I first joined the district, my son was in kindergarten and my daughter in preschool. This year, they will be in fourth and fifth grade."
Strange is the second incumbent to decline to seek re-election in November. Longtime trustee Dick Allen also won't run again.
Three seats are open on the board; incumbent Linda Mayo has taken out papers for re-election. Today at 5 p.m. is
cThe folks at GOOD education (including former contributor Amanda Millner-Fairbanks) are hosting an education event of some sort in LA later this month, featuring all sorts of luminaries and ne'er do wells (Randi Weingarten (President, American Federation of Teachers), Jordan Henry (Teacher,
Remember how in June we found out that the teachers at CMSA (Chicago Math and Science Academy) charter school had organized? Well the latest on that front is that the school allegedly fired one of the leaders of the
Five Chicago schools starting year-round classes Sun Times: Starting Monday, for the first time, five Chicago neighborhood high schools will begin "year-round" classes -- a move some hail and others predict could explode in "disaster."... TIF surplus Daley Chicago Tribune: If Daley declares a surplus to free up those TIF dollars, he'll have to share them with the local governments that have been shortchanged by his ever-expanding TIF empire. He should do it anyway... What communities are planning for Promise Neighborhoods Catalyst: Profiles of what five communities are proposing (Englewood: Roseland, Chicago Lawn, I forget the rest)... Taser Use By Chicago Police Officers Increases Sharply Sun Times: hicago Police officers have nearly quadrupled their use of Tasers since the department equipped every beat car with the electric-shock weapons earlier this year, according to new figures released by the Independent Police Review Authority...Bill Ayers To Retire WBEZ: Longtime University of Illinois at Chicago professor Bill Ayers is retiring
Romer leaving Obama administration, returning to UC Berkeley job
By Ben Feller and Julie Pace
Posted: 08/06/2010 08:00:55 AM PDT
Updated: 08/06/2010 08:50:51 AM PDT
WASHINGTON -- Christina Romer, one of President Barack Obama's most pivotal economic advisers, is resigning from the administration and returning to her job as a professor of economics at UC Berkeley.
Romer, the head of the Council of Economic Advisers, announced her resignation Thursday, effective Sept. 3. She becomes the second high-level Obama aid to leave this summer, following the resignation of White House Budget Director Peter Orszag.
The White House cast the decision as an unsurprising one driven by family reasons; in a statement, Obama said Romer has long wanted to return to California, where her son will be starting high school in the fall.
Romer has been one of the administration's most prominent voices on the economy, making frequent appearances on
View full sizeMICHAEL ROLOFF/TEAM COURAGE VS. CANCERBeaverton teacher Eric Salkeld poses with 14-year-old Levi Seed at the finish of the Cascade Lakes Relay on Sunday. Salkeld ran the entire 216-mile course through central Oregon as a tribute to Seed, who was diagnosed with leukemia in 2008. The effort also spawned a fundraiser for the Portland-based Children's Cancer Association.
The North Clackamas and Oregon City school districts have increased student athletic fees for the 2010-11 school year, saying the new rates are still lower than those at a number of area schools. Full story »