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Re: Information on Amato and Harvey?



>From this morning's Minneapolis Star Trib.
http://www.startribune.com/stories/462/1917341.html

I'm sure George Schmidt will have something to say about Patricia Harvey.
She cooked up a goofy scheme in St. Paul where kids went to grade 3.5, 5.5,
and 7.5 instead of to the next grade based on test scores. She's big on
accountability by numbers.

Teresa

> From: Kathie Humes <Humes-Schulz@ATTBI.COM>
> Reply-To: Assessment Reform Network Mailing List <ARN-L@listsrva.CUA.EDU>
> Date: Fri, 8 Mar 2002 16:44:23 +0000
> To: ARN-L@listsrva.CUA.EDU
> Subject: Information on Amato and Harvey?
>
> Dear ARN:
>
> Portland (Oregon) Public Schools just announced that the
> two finalists for Superintendent to replace Ben Canada
> are Anthony Amato, now of Hartford Public Schools
> (before that New York City) and Patricia Harvey now of
> St. Paul, Minnesota (before that Chicago).
>
> What do you all know about these folks? By way of
> background, Portland is an urban school district of
> 54,000 students, declining enrollment, ~83% of the city
> still sends their kids to public schools (although this
> is declining significantly in some neighborhoods now).
> District is bipolar -- very high achieving schools and
> very low achieving schools. Significant "achievement
> gap" issues. Greatest challenge could be managerial --
> profound budget cuts for the past 10 years, this year a
> 10% cut from General Fund budget. "School reform"
> characterized by fits of stops and starts, multiplicity
> of programs, lack of focus or coherence. Positives
> include a generally supportive, but frustrated, local
> community.
>
> Any thoughts you have would be helpful.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Kathie Humes
>
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