District Administration - March 2011 - (Page 10)
A Safety-Goggle Goof Up?
I always look forward to reading District Administration. It normally is enlightening and right on the money. As a district safety-compliance oﬃcer and chief science safety-compliance consultant for professional science associations, I especially enjoy rictAdministration articles on science Dist and technology. However, the main photo in the valuedded? lue in Value-A added feature What’s the Va story (“What’s the Value in Value-Added?” January 2011) has issues relative to legal safety standards and professional best practices. ree students are shown wearing eye protection. Two of the goggles do not meet standards. ey are directly vented, in contrast to the appropriate set being worn by the student on the far right. e student in the middle has the vents open. And the teacher and other two students should not be working in the area where the other three students are dealing with liquids requiring eye protection. It may not seem like a big thing, but
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liability-wise, it puts teachers charged with “duty of care” in the realm of potential negligence. Your publication helps set various professional best practices in school districts. It needs to reﬂect those practices, as well as legal standards.
Kenneth R. Roy, director of environmental health and safety, Glastonbury (Conn.) Public Schools
who serve them. I think your article would be of interest to the parents and educators we serve.
Debbie Einhorn, executive director, Family Matters Parent Training and Information Center
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Mohsin Dada Makes the Case for More Moola
I wanted to express my thanks for the well-written proﬁle of Mohsin Dada (“Saving a District Millions through Strategic Financial Planning,” November/December 2010). It almost reads like ﬁction. Is there really a district enjoying such ﬁnancial success in these challenging times? Dada’s assertion that school administrators need to add value to their districts reads like a challenge itself. Our industry is in distress and in need of implementation strategies from valueadded professionals such as Dada. How well school district administrators can eﬀect positive change for the big picture (at any and all levels of government) will depend on the content of the message and whether or not people will listen, as they do in Chicago when Mohsin makes a recommendation.
David A. Verdolino, CPA, assistant superintendent of ﬁnance, Medway (Mass.) Public Schools
The battle to
Editor’s note: We informed the district of this potential issue and were told it was a posed experiment for the photo. District oﬃcials are aware of the safety concerns.
Innovative Superintendent Alber to Carvalho on improving the fourth-largest district 20
The Politicization of Bullying
Managing a politically 54 charged issue
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Kids using the Web 28 independently
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A Helpful Story for Special Education
I hope to be able to reprint a news story that ran in your last issue (“Common Core’s Implications for Special Ed Students,” February 2011) in our quarterly newsletter, Parent Center, which is distributed to parents of students with disabilities and education professionals in Illinois. Family Matters Parent Training and Information Center is a nonproﬁt, federally-funded Parent Training and Information Center providing information and resources to parents who have children receiving special education services and to the educators
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District Administration - March 2011
From the Editor
Learning Gets Personal
What’s Your Data Integration Strategy?
Global Learning Scales Up
New Approach to Reeling in Tech Funding
Facilities of Environmental Distinction
District Administration - March 2011