New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is visiting Denver today, primarily to give the keynote address at tonight’s Denver Scholarship Foundation annual fundraising dinner. Earlier in the day, Bloomberg will visit Bruce Randolph 6-12 School in the company of Denver Superintendent Tom Boasberg and scholarship foundation chief Cindy Abramson. The trio will tour classrooms and the school’s Future Center. Bloomberg, currently serving his third (and, he says, last) four-year term as Gotham’s mayor, has pushed aggressive changes to NYC’s public schools, in concert with his chancellor, Joel Klein.
It is an interesting day for his visit, because his school system is preparing to release teacher ratings tomorrow based on student test scores. Last month the Los Angeles Times released similar ratings of L.A. teachers, igniting a national controversy that has yet to subside.
Check this website later today for some video of Bloomberg’s school tour.
What’s on tap:
The State Board of Education and the Colorado Commission on Higher Education hold a joint meeting at 12:30 p.m. to discuss the new state testing system required by the Colorado Achievement Plan for Kids. The meeting will be at the Department of Higher Education, 1560 Broadway.
The Higher Education Strategic Planning Steering Committee holds a town hall meeting from 4-6 p.m. at the law offices of Rothgerber, Johnson & Lyons, One Tabor Center, 1200 17th St., Suite 3000. (Committee co-chair Jim Lyons is a member of that firm. This is the only metro-area public meeting on the panel’s proposed strategic plan for higher education.)
Good reads from elsewhere:
- The next firestorm: NYC to release teacher ratings Friday based on student test scores.
- Revisionist history: Va. textbook makes erroneous claim that black soldiers fought for the South during the Civil War.
- Are young men slackers?: New report provides new evidence for the academic decline of young males.
- Inappropriate texting: School board lawyer in N.C. says board members shouldn’t text during meetings.