July 13, 2006 |
OUR CITY is at a critical juncture on the vital issue of the future of our schools. This isn't a perennial matter of wringing hands over the fate of public education. It's a real-time issue with a quick-time solution: Keep Paul Vallas. The city's future is entwined with the quality of our schools. And their rising quality is directly tied to Paul Vallas' tenure as chief executive officer of the School District of Philadelphia. Vallas is without doubt the most capable leader of a major urban school district in the United States Keeping him should be a slam dunk.
July 7, 2006
THE SCHOOL Reform Commission would be foolish not to extend Paul Vallas' contract. He's the best superintendent the district has had since Constance Clayton. The two infractions on his watch do not outweigh his overall performance. I've been following Mr. Vallas since the beginning of his administration, and he has done an excellent job. Most of his opposition has come from leaders who were insulted by his business moves. SRC and other leaders of Philadelphia, get off Paul Vallas' back and let him do the job none of you had the heart or brass to do. John W. Brown, Yeadon Inappropriate letter I was deeply offended by Ron Stokes' June 30 letter, "To Michael Berg, unfit parent.
May 14, 2005
It's hard to imagine, but the British punk-rock band the Clash has something to say about Philadelphia's gangly, go-getting schools CEO, Paul Vallas. A song called "Should I Stay or Should I Go?" was a big hit for the Clash. Here are revised lyrics, to suit Vallas' situation as rumors of a move back to Illinois swirl around him. Will he stay or will he go? If he says that he is fine, He'll be here a longer time So he's saying it is so, He will stay and will not go. Rumors are strange beasts.
June 14, 2011 |
Former Philadelphia schools chief executive Paul Vallas will be honored Tuesday night in Philadelphia by a new nonprofit group that seeks to offer services to charter schools and districts across the country. American Paradigm Schools will also honor Jeremy Nowak, president and chief executive of the Reinvestment Fund. The Reinvestment Fund, a nonprofit group that finances neighborhood and economic-development projects, has helped charter schools obtain financing for their buildings.
July 11, 2002
WELCOME TO the City of Brotherly Love, Paul Vallas. We can't begin to tell you how happy we are to see you. Your appointment yesterday may be the best thing the School Reform Commission has ever done. It's almost enough to make us forget all the wacky contract moves and charter school pronouncements made by SRC chairman Jim Nevels. We're familiar with the magic you worked in the Chicago School District and are anxious to see your financial and leadership wizardry here in Philadelphia.
July 23, 2006
Though Paul Vallas' five-year contract as the chief of Philadelphia public schools doesn't expire until next year, it soon may be decided whether to extend his stay. Vallas and city School Reform Commission Chairman James Nevels, along with other members of the SRC, have been a powerful team leading change in a school district that badly needed it. What a shame if the SRC itself broke up that team and slowed the momentum it has built over the last four school years. The SRC would serve the district best by extending Vallas' contract.
April 15, 2007
If the last five years have taught Philadelphia anything, it is that Paul Vallas is a very complicated man. Maybe it takes a complicated person to slog through a complicated challenge. Few challenges in 2002 were messier than reviving the troubled Philadelphia School District. Vallas' announcement last week that he will leave Philadelphia after the academic year ends is cause to look back at the native Chicagoan's tenure as the district's leader. Lessons galore for this city, for the School Reform Commission and for the next schools chief, can be found in that review.
January 20, 2006 |
Serious infractions involving students, including assaults and morals offenses, have dropped more than 10 percent in the Philadelphia School District for the first four months of the school year, officials reported yesterday. If the numbers hold for the full school year, it would be the district's first with such a decline since Paul Vallas became chief executive in 2002. This school year, from September through December, there were 2,604 reported offenses, compared with 2,911 for the same period in 2004.
December 12, 2006 |
At a marathon, sometimes emotional special meeting yesterday, members of City Council grilled Philadelphia School District chief executive Paul Vallas on issues ranging from a $73.3 million budget deficit to test scores and the city's dropout crisis. The joint committees on finance and education met nearly all day to hear from a parade of witnesses on the deficit in the school system's $2.04 billion budget and the city's truancy and dropout problems. Vallas told Council members the district got into a fiscal bind this year because of a delay in some expected revenue; an unexpected increase in term payouts to retirees and other employees leaving the district; and a "historic" drop in unspent appropriations, or salvage.
May 12, 2004 |
Soon, students in Philadelphia's public schools may not be the only ones who must adhere to dress codes. Teachers might need to save their sweatpants for weekends. Paul Vallas, the district's chief executive officer, said yesterday that his administration was negotiating with the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers to allow dress codes for staff. Under the proposal, the teachers on each school's building committee would be empowered to set their own standard. The current PFT contract, which expires in August, prohibits the setting of dress codes.