Getting back in the swing
Happy new year, everyone. Sorry to have missed the first week of school, but I'm back from my travels overseas and ready to re-immerse myself in the world of BCPSS.
Sorting through the e-mails that piled up while I was away, I learned that Dr. Alonso visited the schools of the city school system's three most active education bloggers on the first day. They didn't think it was a coincidence, but I'd venture to say it just might have been. The CEO says he stopped by 60 schools in the week before the new year began and visited 12 in the first two days.
Mayor Dixon and Governor O'Malley, who were not available last Monday, made the rounds in Baltimore schools today. It was the launch of a new tour for our former rock-star governor, the "Steady Progress for Maryland's Schools Education Tour." If you're outside Baltimore, it's coming soon to a district near you.
Speaking of Dixon and O'Malley, I'm still waiting for word from those two on who will replace Buzzy Hettleman on the city school board. I reported earlier that former board member David Stone is one of the three candidates. I've learned that another is Arthur Hill, who -- like Stone -- works for Kennedy Krieger.
I received a number of e-mails about a controversy brewing at Baltimore City College involving a decision by the principal not to rehire a popular college adviser. Students, parents, staff and community members are bombarding North Avenue with e-mails of protest. City students are chronicling the dispute on this blog.
What else did I miss? Drop me a line.