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Moving on Up JoAnn Bartoletti, former principal and currently the executive director of the New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association, will be replacing Gerald Tirozzi this summer as executive director of the National Association of Secondary School Principals. Wisconsin-Like protests Michael Mulgrew, president of New York City’s United Federation of Teachers, has vowed massive protests if Mayor Michael bloomberg lays off 4,100 teachers as planned. Hundreds of educators joined Mulgrew shouting, “Enough is enough.” teAcher of the YeAr On May 3, Michelle shearer, a high school chemistry teacher in Frederick County (Md.) Public Schools, was named the 61st National Teacher of the Year at a ceremony at the White House. She emphasizes teacher-student interaction in the classroom. fitness in hArLeM Entertainer Beyoncé knowles surprised students at PS 161 in Harlem while they were practicing a choreographed routine to her songs. The dance was part of the simulcast “Let’s Move Flash Workout” of First Lady Michelle Obama’s campaign. LArgest voUcher BiLL Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels—an outspoken supporter of school choice— has signed the School Scholarship Act, which is the largest voucher program in the country. The voucher program has the broadest eligibility for students.
by Marion Herbert
Wisconsin’s Ripple Effect Throughout the Nation
On March 9, WiscOnsin GOv. scott Walker signed a bill that ended collective bargaining rights for public sector employees and thus reversed an era of organized labor in the state. But it didn’t stop there. Other states—indiana, idaho, Tennessee, and Oklahoma, to name a few—jumped on the bargaining rights bandwagon proposing and, in many cases, passing similar provisions. it’s no wonder, then, why the appointment of Paul Kreutzer, a Wisconsin superintendent who was an outspoken supporter of Gov. Walker, to the small suburban district of Katonah-Lewisboro (n.Y) Public schools in Westchester county, n.Y., was met with concern from the district’s teachers union and many members of the community. “seeing him standing next to such a lightning rod figure as scott Walker must have sent shivers up the spines of organized labor,” says Timothy Kremer, executive director of the new York state school Board association. Kreutzer has been the superintendent of the school District of new Berlin (Wis.) for four years. The conservative new Berlin board of education supported Gov. Walker, and because Kreutzer understands the superintendent to be an agent of the board, he supported the measure as well. When it was announced in april that Kreutzer was the finalist for the vacant superintendent position in the Katonah-Lewisboro district, seeing a picture of Kreutzer standing with Walker was more than enough to upset the district’s union. Kreutzer’s unanimous approval from the Katonah-Lewisboro board of education on april 26 occurred amid hundreds of chanting Westchester county protesters from with signs that read, “Wisconsin’s shame has arrived.”
Teachers from districts all over Westchester County, N.Y. protest the appointment of a superintendent who was a supporter of Gov. Scott Walker’s union stripping bill.
in a statement, the board of education said the search was comprehensive and that all board members believe Kreutzer will be a capable leader. “The fear they’re experiencing is genuine, and i’m acknowledging it, but what they’re afraid of doesn’t exist,” says Kreutzer. he says that the role of the superintendent is to carry out the work of the board in an apolitical fashion. although Kreutzer did not say whether he personally supports revoking collective bargaining rights, he supported Walker because the new Berlin Board of Education did, but he says he has no plans to support such measures in the Katonah-Lewisboro district. “We don’t know where his ethical or moral compass is,” said sandy Grebinar, president of the teachers union. Despite the backlash, the board didn’t budge. Kremer says that from what he’s read of the situation, it appears the board conducted a thorough search, in which there were seven finalists from 44 candidates. “i believe this candidate is qualified for the job,” says Kremer. “is he carrying around a piece of baggage? Yes.”
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District Administration - June 2011
From the Editor
Lessons Learned from One-to-One
Partner for One-to-One Success
The Changing Role of the CTO
New Directions for Special Ed
District Administration - June 2011