March 3

Dan Domenech elicited hearty applause from the 1st General Session crowd at AASA’s national conference Thursday whenever he referenced the harm public schools would face from privatization waged by the federal government. In his 20-minute address, Domenech highlighted the new reality that public school leaders were now confronting under President Trump’s administration. He told the […]

The National Superintendent of the Year program has named Matthew Utterback, who leads the North Clackamas School District in Milwaukie, Ore., as its 2017 honoree. The announcement was made Thursday (March 2) on stage at the 1st General Session of AASA’s National Conference on Education in New Orleans. Aramark and VALIC co-sponsor the NSOY award […]

An African American girl walked into then-Principal Matt Utterback’s office at Oregon’s Clackamas High School one morning and slapped three paperback books on his desk. “Am I ever going to read a book in your school that isn’t written by a dead white guy?” she demanded. “In each of these books, my people are portrayed […]

Public schools advocate Jamie Vollmer can recall when the tide of positive public education turned. It was 34 years ago, with the publication of “A Nation At Risk,” and the public first heard the claim about the public schools’ “rising tide of mediocrity.” Those words “set loose was a rising tide of insanity,” Vollmer said […]

“How can greater choice within the public school system be used to promote strong racially and economically integrated education?” AASA Executive Director Dan Domenech raised that question before about 40 education leaders at the annual AASA Federal Relations Luncheon on Thursday at the association’s annual conference in New Orleans. Luckily, Richard D. Kahlenberg was in […]

In Vista, Calif., Unified School District, 30 miles north of San Diego, Superintendent Devin Vodicka is focusing on internet access for the 25,000 students in his diverse community. Two-thirds of Vista’s students are from low-income families, some of them migrant families and others are highly mobile. On the opposite side of the country, Superintendent Pam […]

Public schools nationwide are monitoring students’ achievements to discover areas needing improvement. Under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, some of those solutions are coming from joint efforts involving education researchers and practitioners. This was one of the topics addressed in Thursday’s AASA conference panel, moderated by Robin Wisniewski, director of education systems improvement at […]