Thursday, January 18, 2018

There's a Worcester strategic plan meeting next week

Parents received a push on a strategic plan meeting next week on Wednesday. It's January 24, 2018, at 6:00 pm at Claremont Academy. No word on childcare, transportation, or translation. The agenda is:

AGENDA: - Opening Remarks: The Process to Date
- Focus Groups
- Reports from Focus Groups
- Adjourn

Assuming this means the group breaks up into focus groups, this appears to mean at least there is a set time for public input this time. The issue (and if you've been in these rooms, you've seen this one coming) is it's the "break people up into groups and make them set priorities" meaning that not all things make the final list. Not every voice is actually heard.
It also means the troublemakers can't find each other and organize.

I can't go as next week (as you may be picking up from other posts) is jam-packed with state things: the Board of Ed, the Governor's budget, the Rennie Center's annual report, and Commissioner interviews. 


Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Commissioner finalists: Jeffrey Riley

We have three finalists for Commissioner of education

Jeffrey C. Riley, superintendent/receiver of the Lawrence Public Schools
Angélica Infante-Green, deputy commissioner, Office of Instructional Support P-12 in New York State Education Department
Penny Schwinn, chief deputy commissioner of academics at the Texas Education Agency

Next up: Jeffrey Riley

Jeff Riley is on Linked-in and on Twitter.

Round-up of links on the education commissioner

I thought a central repository might be useful

Here's the official press release from the Department.
I put the CV's of the three finalists in my Dropbox here.
My blog post on how this works--eight votes to recommend to the Secretary for appointment--is here. Note that since that post, Noyce has stepped down; West and Fernandez are new members.
The State House News Service article by Katie Lannan can be found (among other places) here.
WBUR's Max Larkin pulled this together yesterday.
You can read Michael Jonas in Commonwealth Magazine here.
The Texas Tribune gives a Texas angle on Penny Schwinn here.
Here's New York's Chalkbeat note on Angélica Infante-Green.
Katherine McKiernan at the Herald has this on responses to the finalists.

My blog post with what I can find on Penny Schwinn is here.
My blog post with what I can find on Angélica Infante-Green is here.
My blog post with what I can find (and what I know) on Jeffrey Riley is here.

The interviews are on Friday, January 26 at the Omni Parker House in Boston and will be livestreamed here. The Board meets again Monday, January 29 in Malden to vote for their recommendation.
And yes, I'll be there to cover it. 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Commissioner finalists: Angélica Infante-Green

We have three finalists for Commissioner of education

Jeffrey C. Riley, superintendent/receiver of the Lawrence Public Schools
Angélica Infante-Green, deputy commissioner, Office of Instructional Support P-12 in New York State Education Department
Penny Schwinn, chief deputy commissioner of academics at the Texas Education Agency

Next up, Angélica Infante-Green, who is on Twitter, though she hasn't tweeted since November.

Commissioner finalists: Penny Schwinn

We have three finalists for Commissioner of education

Jeffrey C. Riley, superintendent/receiver of the Lawrence Public Schools
Angélica Infante-Green, deputy commissioner, Office of Instructional Support P-12 in New York State Education Department
Penny Schwinn, chief deputy commissioner of academics at the Texas Education Agency

Let's start with Penny Schwinn.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Update on the Commissioner's search (dates)

Just a note for those who don't read the weekly Commissioner's Update:

  • January 16 (tomorrow) the Screening Committee will announce the finalists (get your Googling ready)
  • Friday, January 26 at the Omni Parker House in Boston, the Board of Education will interview the finalists (public session; no times announced as yet)
  • Monday, January 29 in Malden, the Board of Education will vote on the new Commissioner to recommend to Secretary Peyser for appointment 

Budget season starts soon

We'll see the FY19 Governor's budget released next week. Two things of use:
There was a consensus revenue agreement released last week:
The estimate of $27.594 billion in tax revenues for fiscal 2019 amounts to $933 million more in revenue than the updated projection for the current fiscal year. The projected growth rate will serve as the basis for Baker's budget, which is due on Jan. 24, and budget-building exercises this spring and summer in the House and Senate. The Republican governor and Democrats in the Legislature faced a Jan. 15 deadline to agree on a tax revenue estimate.
That tells us how much the state plans at base to spend, but not how.

 Also, MassBudget has released their FY19 budget preview, which is worth a read, as always.