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Top candidates for EBR schools leader to be interviewed in private, recordings released later - The Advocate

Top candidates for EBR schools leader to be interviewed in private, recordings released later - The Advocate


Top candidates for EBR schools leader to be interviewed in private, recordings released later - The Advocate

Posted: 03 May 2020 02:01 PM PDT

The five leading candidates for East Baton Rouge Parish schools superintendent will sit down for virtual interviews which won't be open to the public and during which only board members will get to ask questions.

These interviews, scheduled Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, will be recorded and released all at once on Friday, along with the questions asked.

It's a process almost identical to one the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education used to help it narrow the field for the next state superintendent of education. Over three consecutive days last month, BESE held private, virtual interviews with seven candidates. All of those interviews were recorded and posted online days later for all to see; one of the seven candidates ended up withdrawing.

Virtual public meetings have become common in Louisiana thanks to coronavirus-prompted waivers of the state's Open Meetings Law. Interviewing candidates in private for top public positions has not been common practice. The parish School Board, in particular, has held live, public interviews for superintendent searches going back decades.

Both BESE and the School Board are justifying private candidate interviews as a way of ensuring some candidates don't get an unfair advantage by learning in advance either the questions the board is asking or the answers other candidates are giving.

BESE is replacing John White, who resigned in March, while the parish school superintendent is looking for someone to replace Warren Drake, who is retiring June 30 after five years at the helm. Drake has offered to stay longer if needed.

Five Baton Rouge schools superintendent candidates to be interviewed virtually in early May

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Leslie Brown, Adam Smith, Quentina Timoll, Nakia Towns and Marshall Tuck are being interviewed for the East Baton Rouge position. Smith and Timoll are top administrators with the school system, while Brown, Towns and Tuck are out-of-state educators. The parish School Board on March 5 picked the five semi-finalists from a group of 24 applicants.

The Advocate has posted online the applications of all the applicants.

Town and Tuck are to be interviewed Monday, followed by Smith and Timoll on Tuesday and ending with Brown on Wednesday. Each interview is to last no more than 90 minutes. The candidates are to be asked the same questions. The board plans to meet May 21 to narrow the field to two or three finalists.

School Board President Mike Gaudet said "we didn't want to reinvent the wheel" and so decided to mimic BESE's process.

"I viewed all of the interviews," Gaudet said. "I thought it went very well."

BESE, however, had only two of its 11 members, Kira Orange-Jones and Ronnie Morris, asking questions during its candidate interviews.

The parish School Board, by contrast, plans to have all nine of its board members asking questions at these private interviews, though not all at once. To avoid a quorum, they are being spaced out over the five interviews, with at most four board members present at any given interview. A quorum of the School Board is five members.

Board Vice President Tramelle Howard said two lawyers working for the school system both agreed that the interviews as constructed won't present any issues with the Louisiana Open Meetings law.

"It's not what people would attack as a rolling quorum," Howard said.

He said board members need to have as many chances as they can to see and hear from the next potential superintendent.

"Folks feel like they are part of the process," Howard said.

Interaction between board members and candidates, however, will likely be limited. Gaudet said each candidate will have 20 to 25 questions to answer in 90 minutes. He said there won't be time for back-and-forth.

"The intention is to ask the question, get the answer and move on to the next question," he said.

Belinda Davis, a member of BESE, said for their recent interviews, she and her fellow members focused on getting the wording right for the questions, working in collaboration with their search firm, Promise54.

"As long as my question was asked, I didn't care that I wasn't the one asking it," Davis said.

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After the recorded interviews of the five candidates are released May 8, the East Baton Rouge Parish School System will go live with an online survey seeking public input on what people think of the candidates.

Howard is helping to develop the survey. It will close after 10 days, at midnight on Monday, May 18. The search firm JG Consulting of Austin will prepare a report compiling the results of the survey.

BESE also conducted a similar survey, generating about 7,800 responses; a report on that survey by their search firm is forthcoming.

While she's interested in the results, Davis said she's not putting too much stock in it. Her day job is as an associate professor of political science at LSU and she's versed in public opinion polling. Online surveys that are open to anyone to complete are not random, but self-selected samples, making them unreliable as gauges of public opinion, she said.

"I think it will tell you how particular groups of organized interests view the candidates," Davis said.

Howard defended the survey as a way to generate more public engagement at a time when that is hard to do.

How schools would reopen under Trump coronavirus plan - Politico

Posted: 17 Apr 2020 12:00 AM PDT

With help from Juan Perez Jr. and Michael Stratford

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— President Donald Trump's phased guidance for reopening the economy eventually includes a green light for schools, but only after meeting giant requirements on coronavirus testing and case numbers. Whether governors implement the guidance is up to them.

— A growing number of colleges and universities are sounding alarms about campus finances, with leaders from two prominent schools indicating Thursday that tough times are ahead.

— School administrators and parents looking for ways to continue student learning during the coronavirus pandemic are leaning on a trusted old friend in education, public television.

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WHAT'S NEEDED FOR SCHOOLS TO REOPEN? LOTS OF TESTING: Trump's proposal calls for a three-phase coronavirus recovery strategy that relies on enormous testing and a downward trajectory of cases.

— Closed schools would not reopen immediately, according to guidelines distributed Thursday by the White House. In fact, states would first need to log two weeks of declines in flu-like illnesses and documented Covid-19 cases before venturing into the administration's first phase of emergence from pandemic lockdowns, Juan Perez Jr. reports.

— Shuttered schools would stay closed during the first phase of recovery under the White House guidelines. Instead, officials said schools and organized youth activities could reopen when states enter a re-opening's second phase.

— "If the schools are already closed, they should remain closed," during the first phase of Trump administration guidelines, White House coronavirus response coordinator Deborah Birx told reporters at the White House. "This should be a relief to many households that have small children: Schools, day cares and camps can reopen in Phase Two," Birx said.

— Administration officials said there was no set timeline for any of the steps to start, leaving the responsibility to governors to schedule when their states' residents can return to restaurants, gyms and offices. The president told governors in a call Thursday they could call their own shots in reopening their states, Gabby Orr and Nancy Cook report. Governors in California, New York and other states are starting to roll out their own ideas, Alice Miranda Ollstein reported.

— California Gov. Gavin Newsom sees the possibility of staggering school schedules to avoid grouping too many students into a room at once, while restaurants and other businesses could check customers' temperatures at the door. Large gatherings for sports events or concerns will have to wait until next year, or whenever a vaccine is available, he said.

CAMPUSES BRACE FOR FINANCIAL PAIN: Colleges grappling with the financial impact of the coronavirus are reporting significant belt-tightening measures as they prepare for more losses.

— The value of Northwestern University's endowment has declined and the school is seeing a reduction of $25 million in revenues from room and board and student fees because of refunds, among other losses, wrote Morton Schapiro, president and professor, on Thursday. The school is pausing facilities projects and the hiring of certain new staff and slowing academic hiring and limiting raises, he wrote in an open letter to the community.

— Philanthropy may decrease, research funding may decline, enrollment in certain programs may decline and athletics may be severely affected, Schapiro wrote. "Finally, our return to on-campus instruction in the summer or fall is not guaranteed," he wrote.

— Syracuse University Chancellor Kent Syverud, meanwhile, expressed cautious optimism on Thursday about resuming residential instruction in fall 2020 but he wrote "we must honestly and collectively acknowledge the unprecedented financial stress imposed on our university."

— Equally grim economic assessments have emerged this week from Baylor University, University of Nebraska and the University of Missouri System, whose chancellors wrote "it is possible the loss could reach $180 million across the UM System's four universities, for FY21 and beyond." Some top administrators are taking salary cuts there, and layoffs are being considered.

Our Nick Niedzwiadek has a report on furloughs and hiring freezes ordered at New York private colleges.

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PUBLIC TV PARTNERS WITH SCHOOLS ON REMOTE LEARNING: Responding to the crisis, local public television stations in most states are now broadcasting a new television schedule or program to help preK-12 students learn at home while other states provide online remote learning resources. Many states are partnering with school districts, governments and educational agencies on programs.

— Public television, serving more than 97 percent of the American population, has been a "lifeline" for students without computers or reliable high speed internet access during the emergency, said Patrick Butler, president and CEO of the nonprofit America's Public Television Stations, a membership organization that supports noncommercial TV stations. Public TV originated in the 1950s for educational purposes.

— "Lifelong learning really is one of our principal missions in public television," Butler said. "And when it became obvious to us that the nation's schools were going to be largely shut down, and that millions of kids and their teachers and their school administrators were going to be looking for alternative ways to provide instruction, we stepped up in a completely organic way."

— For more, check out a Q and A with Butler from your host.

DEMOCRATS RAISE QUESTIONS ABOUT SUSPENSION OF WAGE GARNISHMENTS: A group of Democrats is urging the Education Department to release more data about how many defaulted federal student loan borrowers are continuing to have their wages garnished despite the new stimulus law, H.R. 748 (116), that's meant to stop the practice for at least six months.

— In a letter led by Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) and Sen. Cory Booker(D-N.J.), the lawmakers said they're concerned that the Education Department hasn't fully carried out the requirement nor provided clear guidance on how refunds will work for borrowers whose wages are incorrectly garnished. "This is simply unconscionable," they wrote.

— Education Department spokesperson Angela Morabito said in an email that the agency, through its loan servicer, has told the employers of more than 135,000 borrowers to stop garnishing wages—and plans to send letters to additional employers this week. "If the Department receives funds from a garnishment between March 13, 2020, and Sept. 30, 2020, the Department will refund—and has already started refunding —those garnished wages," she said.

MURRAY 'EXTREMELY CONCERNED' ABOUT ED IG PICK: Justice Department tax attorney Andrew A. De Mello "has hardly any experience conducting oversight and no background in education policy," Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) said in a statement Thursday critiquing Trump's nominee for Education Department inspector general.

— The Senate HELP Committee's ranking Democrat said students and families need "qualified and capable individuals" serving in the department as the coronavirus continues. "It's also crucial that oversight of the Department of Education be non-partisan and independent, so I will be looking closely at Mr. De Mello's background to determine if he can fit the bill," she said.

— De Mello's nomination was received in the Senate on April 6 and referred to the Senate HELP Committee. The White House declined to respond to Murray's statement.

CTU SAYS GRADING "INAPPROPRIATE" NOW: The Chicago Teachers Union on Thursday pushed back against Chicago Public Schools' decision to send home third quarter report cards next week, arguing "the customary way of grading is inappropriate given remote learning during a global health pandemic."

— The union is calling for a two-week delay on student grading and then a shift to pass/fail with an individual opt-in for letter grades. The opt-in would be for students who require a grade for college admissions. "There is no reason for any student to receive a failing grade right now," Jesse Sharkey, CTU president, said in a statement.

— CPS, in a note to parents and families, said work submitted after March 17 — when schools closed — could improve and not lower third quarter grades. Sharkey wrote that when remote learning began on April 13, CPS reported a third of its students still had no access to a computer and thousands more lack internet access. "What will grades mean for those students?" he wrote.

— The National College Attainment Network has a new guide outlining five steps K-12 district and school leaders can take to help their seniors stay on a path to postsecondary education, even as the coronavirus disrupts learning.

— Saturday, 1 p.m.: The U.S. Air Force Academy holds a webcast of the 2020 graduation ceremony.

— Tech glitches, harassment mar Fairfax County schools' online learning rollout: Washington Post

— American schools may look radically different as they reopen: Associated Press

— CUNY using 3D printers to help make face shields for frontline medical workers: POLITICO Pro

— More than a dozen states have extended stay-home orders past White House deadline: POLITICO

— Hundreds of groups ask for more cash for Labor-HHS-Education spending bill: POLITICO Pro

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