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Decentralizing Public Education

December 22, 2016 | Filed in Superintendent Blog

Over the last 10 years, those of us in public education have largely ignored an inevitable trend toward the decentralization of public education. The opportunity to participate in software focus groups recently reaffirmed my growing realization that we are witnessing a significant shift created by market forces and the Internet. Along with technology, there are […]

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‘We transform lives!’ When our slogan takes us out on a limb, we had better deliver.

July 5, 2016 | Filed in Superintendent Blog

When our communications team argued—with charts and graphs and bulleted lists—that our 10-year old website was obsolete in Internet years, my mandate became: Make us relevant while making us new and young again.

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How schools can help poor children succeed

November 6, 2015 | Filed in Superintendent Blog

There is no silver bullet for reinventing public education. Our program at HFM BOCES is one example of how a region can work together given the flexibility and funding through a P-Tech grant to create an environment and culture where impoverished rural and small city children can succeed.

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Poverty is a circumstance, not an excuse

September 22, 2015 | Filed in Superintendent Blog

For today’s education “leaders,” the use of poverty as an excuse for school failure is simply absurd. We disproved that assertion for generations of students throughout most of the 20th century. Suddenly today, schools can’t succeed because of poverty. I reject that argument.

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Testing what really counts

June 10, 2015 | Filed in Superintendent Blog

The current system of testing was created for an education system doggedly sustained since the 19th century and cannot meet the needs of 21st century students, post-secondary educators and employers. As we desperately aspire to match the educational successes of other countries, we have lost track of what makes New York State and the United States great — innovation.

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