Monthly Archive: December 2011

Dec 29

Digital Principal Award from NASSP

NASSP has just released information regarding the initiation of the Digital Principal Award, a new awards program that recognizes principals who model effective technology leadership. This award, according to Bob Farrace, NASSP senior director of communications and development, “is an opportunity to honor principals who exhibit bold, creative leadership in their drive to harness the …

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Dec 21

Future Education Funding and the Governor’s Budget Proposal

Although touted to include additional funding for pubic education, the Governor’s budget puts its major emphasis on funding VRS and does not bode well for K-12 – since the major “education” funding focus is on shoring up the retirement system after years of raiding by the General Assembly. Of the $438 M in the Governor’s …

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Dec 15

Educators and Legislators Lunch Together in Roanoke

Over twenty local legislators, school administrators, and the new Deputy Secretary of Education Javaid Siddiqi, a VASSP member, attended an “Educator and Legislator” luncheon on Wednesday, December 13 in Roanoke organized by VASSP Board member Scott Habeeb. Delegate Greg Habeeb, Scott’s brother who helped VASSP host the luncheon, worked diligently to make sure that the …

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Dec 09

Increased Funding for Education in 2012?

Yes, you read it here first that Governor Bob McDonnell announced to a gathering of reporters in Richmond on December 8th that funding for K-12 public education will increase in the next state budget. Before making plans for new expenditures be aware of his follow up statement: “But it might not go up as much …

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Dec 08

A Fact Is a Fact – Unless It’s Based on Faulty Research

Although few would argue that teachers are overcompensated for the important work they perform, a recent report by the Heritage Foundation and the American Enterprise Institute, two conservative enterprises, claims that teachers – educators – are “overpaid,” and “exhibit low cognitive abilities compared to other college graduates,” and that, “once you take this into account …

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Dec 08

The 65% Solution?

School divisions should spend the majority of their money on instruction.  That makes sense. However, some members of the Virginia General Assembly appear not to trust school boards to allocate the largest percentage to instruction. The Virginia General Assembly has repeatedly considered setting a minumum percentage to be spent on instruction, most recently through HB …

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Dec 06

NASSP Common Core Position

The NASSP Board of Directors revised the 2008  position statement on national standards during their November 2011 meeting. The origional NASSP statement on national standards provided support for the idea of these standards as proposed. Now that the standards in the Common Core have become a part of the practices being voluntarily developed in many states, NASSP expresses …

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Dec 06

Some Thoughts On Leadership

“Look over your shoulder every now and then to make sure someone is following you”(Henry Gilmer). I remember listening to Lou Holtz speak at a national conference about twenty-five years ago. He told the story about being named the head football coach at Notre Dame.  He noted that the President of Notre Dame said to …

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