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What Should We Teach
September 24, 2011, 3:18 am
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There’s a great blog post called What to Teach which starts to explore the question of standards and curriculum.  Without divulging all of it, the article deals with the definition of educational curriculum and what should be taught as the standard for high school. It’s in the area of curriculum reform and uses the new Common Core Curriculum as the jumping off place.

What Criteria Were Used?
September 22, 2011, 12:23 pm
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I would love to have been a fly on the wall in the search and selection of Robert Runcie, the new Broward School Board Superintendent.   In addition to checking that he is a good administrator, honest, smart, hardworking, has some ideas on how to improve test scores (sad sad sad) and deal with unions etc, I wonder whether they queried him and the others on a number of questions such as:

  1. Homeschooling. What should the district’s position on it be? Right now, there is one person who “supports” homeschoolers. I have no idea if this is a full time or part-time part of his job, what he does, and whether he is popular with the homeschool community.
  2. Magnet and charter schools. Is the school board actively encouraging charters? Are magnets dead or is there life in them yet?
  3. Role of arts and sports going forward. Can it be cut? Vital? Needs growing?
  4. Curriculum reform. Are we just following the common core and other state-level initiatives?
  5. Principals. Is getting great principals a priority (I would hope so). Is giving them the liberty to run their school including hiring/firing teachers a priority?
What would you have asked him?
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Robert Runcie is Broward’s New School Superintendent
September 21, 2011, 12:22 pm
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Robert Runcie

The School Board of Broward County has selected Robert Runcie as superintendent of the sixth largest school district in the country. Following final interviews this morning of the two finalists, Runcie and Dr. Bernard Taylor, Jr., Superintendent, Grand Rapids Public Schools, Grand Rapids, Michigan, the Board members held a final discussion and cast their votes. A motion to make the vote for Runcie unanimous was then approved.

Runcie currently serves as Chief of Staff to the Board of Education, Chicago Public Schools, Chicago, Illinois, the third largest school district in the nation, with 410,000 students. He holds both a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Harvard College and Master of Management degree from Northwestern University. He is also a Broad Fellow, having completed an education executive training program presented by the prestigious Broad Superintendents Academy.

In addition to serving the Chicago Public Schools as Chief of Staff, Runcie has also served as Chief Instructional Officer, Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Information Officer.
Prior to joining Chicago Public Schools, he served as a senior consultant for a computer science corporation.

From an applicant pool of 47, the Board selected six semi-finalists to be interviewed. That field was then narrowed to Runcie and Taylor. Prior to their final interviews, the finalists took part in one-on-one interviews with Board members, participated in a “Meet the Press” news conference, a “Meet and Greet” with community members and a Community Forum.

The School Board has authorized contract negotiations with Robert Runcie. His start date as Broward’s new superintendent has yet to be determined.


Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is the nation’s sixth largest public school system and the largest fully accredited district with over 234,000 students in 231 schools and education centers and 76 charter schools.

My local schools – Whats New?
September 20, 2011, 12:21 pm
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Its been awhile since I’ve posted,  here’s the news here about my local schools and their school board.

The lady that I knew pretty well on the board resigned. It’s a shame. She was an X-teacher and totally dedicated to making the public schools work. She got criticized pretty heavily for being closely associated with the creation of a school near her home area. The school is a tremendous success and a real model  in a number of ways. I think the criticism is unwarranted since it’s based on the fact that she seems to have focused on her own region, not that she derived any personal benefit from it.

The school superintendent, Jim Nutter, resigned.  For a few months, there was an interim.  Donnie Carter is the Interim Superintendent of Broward County Public Schools, the sixth largest public school system in the United States, the second largest in the state of Florida, and the largest fully accredited K-12 and adult school district in the nation. 

Mr. Carter has over 20 years experience in public education administration. He has been with Broward County Public Schools for more than a decade, where he was named Deputy Superintendent in 2004 and Chief Operations Officer in 2007.

Prior to joining Broward County Public Schools in 2001, Mr. Carter was a Director with JM Family Enterprises; and Assistant, Associate, and Deputy Superintendent with Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

Mr. Carter is a graduate of St. Augustine’s College in Raleigh, North Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He is an experienced senior operations executive with a comprehensive background in operations and business management.


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