by Christopher Peak | Nov 19, 2017 8:59 pm | Comments (4)
On the eve of a vote to select a new schools superintendent, parents, students and elected officials Sunday added their voices to a growing chorus in opposition to the Board of Education majority’s choice.
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by Jacob Spell | Nov 17, 2017 12:11 pm | Comments (16)
(Opinion) Jacob Spell, a senior at Creed High School and one of the Board of Education’s two non-voting student representatives, submitted the following opinion article about student opinion of the superintendent search:
The New Haven Board of Education has a tough decision to make, as the final candidates for the superintendent position all have unique qualities and experiences. However, in the face of a tough decision, it is crucial that we make the right one for our students. Dr. Carol Birks is one of these finalists, and I have tremendous respect for her as an educator. While the majority of the board has unofficially backed her as our next superintendent, I do not believe that Dr. Birks is the best fit for our school system. By listening to the students and playing a role in the interview process, I strongly recommend that the board reconsiders its position.
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by Christopher Peak | Nov 16, 2017 9:48 am | Comments (39)
Sixty parents, teachers and community members penned a letter to the Board of Education that “strongly urge[d]” it not to hire Carol Birks as the next schools superintendent — hours before she won the support of a majority of board members for the job in an informal vote.
Continue reading ‘Board Backs Birks; Parents Balk’
by Christopher Peak | Nov 15, 2017 8:23 am | Comments (36)
While hundreds got an up-close look at the three finalists for schools superintendent, candidate Gary Highsmith vowed not to work with charter schools, while Carol Birks embraced them as a needed alternative and Pamela Brown offered a middle-ground position.
Continue reading ‘Supe Candidates Split On Charters’
by Christopher Peak | Nov 14, 2017 8:01 am | Comments (31)
One candidate knows how to run a large urban school system that seeks change. One candidate knows how to build up the talent within a system. One candidate knows the Elm City. They are the three left standing in the question to become New Haven’s next superintendent.
Continue reading ‘Read Their Resumes’
by Christopher Peak | Nov 13, 2017 7:56 am | Comments (20)
After hours of debate lasting past midnight, a committee advanced three finalists to the next round of what’s been a turbulent search for a new schools superintendent.
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by Markeshia Ricks | Nov 10, 2017 10:31 am | Comments (1)
Three Hillhouse educators were honored at City Hall Thursday night for their level heads and tenacity in getting a busload of high schoolers through a college tour despite bus trouble.
Continue reading ‘Hillhouse Educators’ Cool Heads Saved Bus Trip’
by Allan Appel | Nov 8, 2017 8:26 am | Comments (1)
While New Haveners voted on Tuesday for new leaders, newly elected High School in the Community (HSC) leader Ny’Asia Davis elected to spend the day studying just what grownups mean by “leadership” — or lack thereof.
Continue reading ‘While Adults Voted, Teens Explored Leadership’
by Allan Appel | Nov 6, 2017 7:48 am | Comments (2)
“They hate me over there. I’m their worst patient ever. I’d say, ‘I don’t care if you’re not done. I am. I’ve got to get back to school! I have my responsibilities.’”
Thus Jonathan Heller once described handling chemotherapy treatments while teaching business and coaching volleyball at Career High School — a later-in-life second career that became a mission.
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by Thomas Breen | Nov 3, 2017 6:58 am | Comments (1)
Two weeks ago, Daisha Rivera was living on Puerto Rico’s north-central coast, where her family had trouble finding clean water a month after Hurricane Maria.
Thursday night Rivera joined other new students for a communal embrace at Wilbur Cross High, the new academic home for 10 other hurricane evacuees as well.
Continue reading ‘Cross Helps 11 Starting Over From Maria’