Superintendent Clifford B. Janey ordered new curriculum standards.
New Superintendent Clifford B. Janey made the decision that will affect some 64,000 students in the system's traditional schools because he plans to introduce yet a different standardized test in the spring of 2006.
"'Very often, your credibility as a leader is a function of whether you have a read on the pulse and perspectives that originate from schools,' Janey
said, explaining why he
was launching the first of what will be monthly 'principal for a day' excursions within the 150-school system.
"D.C. public school system Superintendent Clifford B. Janey saw firsthand yesterday the dilapidated inside of Coolidge High School but said he could do little more than add it to the list of schools that also need renovation. 'We don't have enough money to go around,' he said during a tour of the school, in the 6300 block of Fifth Street NW.
was joined on the tour by Council member Adrian M. Fenty, Ward 4 Democrat, who said most of the system's middle, junior high and senior high schools need repairs.
In addition to Mayor Anthony A. Williams (D), Superintendent Clifford B. Janey and members of the D.C. Council and Board of Education, the group invited teachers, administrators and representatives of various foundations, including the Fannie Mae Foundation."
"D.C. Public Schools Superintendent Clifford B. Janey yesterday started in on his pledge to fix what he described as disappointing management practices by hiring a corporate executive to work on contract procurements - free of charge.
Exxon Mobil Corp. consultant Capers E. Brown was one of five new hires announced by Mr. Janey
, who officially took over the school system in mid-September.
Mr. Brown will serve as the school system's executive consultant for contracts and acquisitions while on loan from Exxon Mobil Corp.
, which will pay his
main goal is to 'optimize and maximize' opportunities to improve procurement practices.
said that the hirings are just part of his
plan to correct "major deficiencies" and that more changes can be expected by next month.
also said the new employees will cut the number of administrators reporting directly to him."
Strauss, Valerie, "Four Outsiders Among Six Janey Hires," The Washington Post
"D.C. School Superintendent Clifford B. Janey announced yesterday that he has appointed four people from outside the District to top jobs in his administration, including a chief operating officer from Fairfax County public schools and a procurement specialist from ExxonMobil Corp.
In all, Janey
announced the appointment of six key administrators.
"In a recent interview with The Washington Post
, Mr. Janey
also declared that he
was 'enormously disappointed in the lack of sound management policies.' Expressing particularly keen dissatisfaction with inefficient food services and the poor condition of many of the system's buildings, he
promised that there 'will be some dismissals in response to some of these audits that have just painfully pointed to irresponsible actions.' He
is also considering outsourcing to private contractors 'those operations that affect the quality of life of students' until the system can get its act together.
is saying the right things.
"While the jury may be out, Mr. Janey
initially impressed some of the system's harshest critics.
The new schools superintendent, Clifford B. Janey, also has announced that student attendance would be a top priority of his administration."
"New Schools Chief Janey Spells Out His
Views," The Washington Post
, DZ-05, http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A11916-2004Oct6.html.
"Clifford B. Janey
, the District's new school superintendent, said yesterday that he
is considering closing underutilized schools, giving students more time to graduate and hiring a private company to temporarily run such operations as facilities, purchasing and food service.
, the school system's fifth permanent leader in nine years, mentioned those possibilities during a wide-ranging discussion with reporters and editors of The Washington Post
cautioned that improvement will not come quickly to the long-troubled system, and he
was unsparing in his
assessment of its deficiencies.
At a luncheon with Washington Post reporters and editors, new D.C. Superintendent Clifford B. Janey outlined his position on key issues regarding the troubled system: 'I've been enormously disappointed in the lack of sound management policies,' he said, adding that he was particularly upset about the shabby condition of many school buildings and the inefficient operation of food services. 'There will be some dismissals in response to some of these audits that have just painfully pointed to irresponsible actions on the part of certain staff.'"
School Board Races," The Washington Post
, A-26, http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A10113-2004Oct5.html.
Editorial: "Consequently, in next month's election, residents of Wards 1
, 2, 3 and 4 will have the responsibility of choosing candidates who can best perform the policymaking and oversight roles inherent in D.C.
school board membership."
October 1, 2004
Chan, Sewell, "New D.C. Learning Standards Weighed: Schools Will Adopt Mass. or Calif. Plan," The Washington Post
, A-19, http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A63214-2004Sep30.html.
school system will choose between academic standards used in California and Massachusetts to define what skills and knowledge students in each grade should have, education officials announced yesterday.
The adoption of learning standards comes as the city is preparing to replace the Stanford 9
standardized test this spring with TerraNova, a test that officials said will allow educators to better assess gaps in students' knowledge.
Clifford B. Janey, who last month became the city's fifth school superintendent in nine years, said he will choose between the two states' standards and make a recommendation to the Board of Education by the end of this month.
"D.C. schools Superintendent Clifford B. Janey plans to adopt new grade-by-grade student learning standards this week, one of several steps he quickly is taking to tackle problems that have left the school system among the worst-performing in the country.
, who assumed the job Sept. 16, said he
will convene a meeting of teachers, principals and outside experts Thursday at Georgetown University
to reach a consensus on which of two sets of standards should be selected.
Learning standards describe what students in each grade should know and be able to do in core subjects.
school system has such standards for math and reading but has implemented them unevenly.
said the new standards would be more rigorous and uniform and would result in the school system's 65,000 students, who now take the Stanford 9
, taking a different standardized test."
Editorial: "Clifford Janey yesterday began his first full week as superintendent of D.C. Public Schools (DCPS).
salary of $250,000 barely met the one-third mark that stakeholders had tossed around earlier this year in hopes of luring a top-drawer candidate.
Then again, Mr. Janey
did not make the initial short list of candidates - all of whom eventually turned down the overtures made by city officials.
While those declinations spoke more to how the city handled its business than to the qualifications of the individual candidates, the Janey
administration will nonetheless be tested on the strength of the new superintendent's efforts to reform a troubled school system. . . . The appointment of Mr. Janey
appears promising, mostly because of his
strong background in curricula and what he
achieved in Rochester.
To better acquaint himself with DCPS
, Mr. Janey
promised to visit each of the city's traditional schools.
In fact, he
already has begun what surely will be a taxing discourse.
But we certainly do not want to appear to discourage Mr. Janey; we do want to encourage him on his
path of reform.
"The D.C. Board of Education last night officially appointed Clifford B. Janey superintendent of the District's public schools under a three-year contract at an annual salary of $250,000.
Today will be the first official day on the job for Mr. Janey, 58, former superintendent of public schools in Rochester, N.Y., who has been in Washington off an on for two months and has attended staff meetings and expressed his opinion on many decisions Mr. Janey replaces former D.C. Public Schools Superintendent Paul L. Vance, 72, who unexpectedly resigned from the $175,000 job on Nov. 14, 2003. 'We got a great guy.
is the right man for the job at this time,' Mr. Wells said, adding that $250,000 is less than Dallas, Miami and A