Rhino Times has a new education reporter

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Please welcome Mr. Paul Clark, not only to the Rhino, but to Greensboro (by way of Washington, DC). We’re glad you’re here, and we’re looking forward to your coverage.

E.C.  🙂

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Save the arts and music…in Winston-Salem (FOX-8)

The image “http://www.wsfcsmagnets.net/gee/img/148223(4).gif” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. Turns out, the middle school curriculum in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools is about to be changed, and not for the good.

This from FOX-8, a story late today says that the school system will require incoming 6th graders next year to take three years of a foreign language. This apparently will come as a result of possible cuts in music and band programs. And that has parents out there disgusted.

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“Language is important. I’m not saying children shouldn’t learn a foreign language,” said Dee Oseroff-Varnell, member of the Forsyth Advocates for Music Education (FAME).  “I think they should, but it’s just whether they should be required.  And if they are, will that impact their opportunity to take arts classes?”

Band students at Wiley Middle School in Winston-Salem take band five days a week.  By the time time students hit 8th grade, they’ll have to choose between continuing their 5-day-a-week band class, or try other electives in its place.

Some parents fear the new curriculum requirements will make that choice too tough.

“The important thing to remember is students still have a choice…they are taking a foreign language, and if they want to take band they are taking band,” said Barbara Zwadyk, Assistant Superintendent with Winston-Salem/Forsyth County schools.

According to Zwadyk, the school system is exploring different scheduling option, which includes having a 7 period to allow students to take additional electives.

Not good, folks. Not good. This most certainly WILL be an issue in the elections this year.

E.C. 🙂

Put to the Test (NPR)

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As we’re about a week away from 1st Semester EOCs for our high school students (and good luck to all of our children and staff for this harrowing experience), the NPR affiliate out of Chapel Hill, WUNC-91.5fm, is airing a series on how standardized testing is changing public education.

One school they’ve focused on is Western Guilford H.S.

The series started yesterday and runs through all next week.

Here’s the WUNC website to learn more, read/listen to excerpts, and enjoy other downloads.

E.C. 🙂

San Diego Watch: Confirmed–Grier MAY be outta here

DEVELOPING STORY…UPDATES BELOW…

The image “https://i2.wp.com/www.ranchobernardomusic.org/images/logo_sdut.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. Thanks to my friend Pierce for the heads-up on this…The San Diego Union-Tribune is reporting in this morning’s early editions that the San Diego Unified School District is looking seriously at Supt. Terry Grier as its next school chief.

If Grier is offered the job, he will take over from the recently-retired Dr. Carl Cohn.

San Diego’s school board is expected to meet in a closed session today to continue its internal discussions.

Folks, it is very likely that when their board emerges from talks today, they may offer him the job.

Let me give you some excerpts from the U-T article:

The image “https://i1.wp.com/www.signonsandiego.com/uniontrib/20080111/images/seacrh140.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. More than three weeks after it hoped to make a decision on a new superintendent, the San Diego school board appears to be focusing its attention on North Carolina educator Terry Grier, who has headed that state’s third-largest district since 2000.

The board of the San Diego Unified School District has held scores of closed-door meetings to interview and discuss candidates since November, and it’s scheduled to meet privately again today.

Trustees have refused to divulge any names, much less who the front-runners are, fearing that disclosure would hurt the applicant pool.

However, Grier has said he interviewed for the San Diego job. School board members visited Guilford County last month to assess his track record.

Grier said he has not been offered the job but declined to discuss whether any negotiations have taken place.

“I am one of four or five candidates they are considering,” he said.

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Let me say this, for the record…on multiple occasions over the past month since this has been in the news, I’ve gotten several hits on this site from within the San Diego Unified Schools’ computer networks (I appreciate you visiting, by the way). And from within the SDUSD, visitors have been accessing past blog postings on my previous coverage of Grier.

Here’s another interesting excerpt:

Terrina Picarello, president of the Guilford County Council of Parent-Teacher Associations, said San Diego trustees Shelia Jackson and Katherine Nakamura discussed with parents programs Grier has started.

“Mrs. Nakamura just flat said, ‘We are very interested in your superintendent,’ ” Picarello said.

Even though there are two other so-called finalists, Grier seems to be the favorite.

This story may be developing today…we’ll keep you posted.

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UPDATE, 1/11/08, 12:48PM: My news source in the San Diego area tells me through e-mail that in fact, the SD school board WILL make its decision today.

Stay tuned for further updates…

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UPDATE, 1/11/08, 4:32PM: I guess not. Actually, no news is no news.

News & Record reports late this afternoon that the San Diego School Board emerged from their closed session with no decision nor any announcement as of yet. I’m learning through the wires here that they will meet again late next week in another closed session.

So we still have Grier…at least for the time being. I’ll keep you posted if there are any developments.

E.C. 🙂