Deborah Gist, the "state superintendent" in DC, is going to be our new education commissioner. It is an interesting step, from being state superintendent of what is really a fragment of a city and not a state at all, to being commissioner of the smallest state. I'm not going to jump to any conclusions. Pro: teacher for 8 years. Con: Broad-ian. The most certain thing is she'll get along well with Brady below and Arne above. I'm truly not sure what it is in her power to do; she's got an opportunity to redefine the position. McWalters was here a long, long time. Time will tell what a new up and comer can do with the position.
One thing that bugs the crap out of me is that Providence and Rhode Island seem to be enamored with hiring education leaders from the South. I don't get that. We don't like anything else about the South, why would we want our schools to be run by people from the South?
In other local news, in a small victory for sanity, the plan to impose a three period day on small high schools has already been scrapped and replaced with a plan to impose a six period day on small high schools, undoing the established four period blocks at several of them.