States

News in Brief: A State Capitals Roundup

February 21, 2001 1 min read
  • Save to favorites
  • Print

Mass. Governor Tapped for Ambassador Post

Gov. Paul Cellucci of Massachusetts last week accepted President Bush’s nomination to become the U.S. ambassador to Canada. The nomination requires the approval of the U.S. Senate.

Subject to confirmation by the state legislature, Lt. Gov. Jane M. Swift would serve out the two-year remainder of Mr. Cellucci’s term if he takes up the diplomatic post.

Mr. Cellucci, a Republican, was himself lieutenant governor in 1997 when then-Gov. William F. Weld resigned following his ill-fated nomination to be ambassador to Mexico.

As governor, Mr. Cellucci has steadfastly defended the state’s standards- based assessment system against opposition from teachers’ unions and other critics.

He also pushed for a change in state policy, approved by the state board of education last spring, to test the skills of secondary-level mathematics teachers if many of their students fail to pass state tests.

Ms. Swift, who is also a Republican, has been leading the Cellucci administration’s efforts to raise student performance on the state tests since last summer. Her high-profile role in promoting the administration’s education agenda has prompted some in the state to refer to her the state’s “education czar.”

Last year, Ms. Swift was the subject of probe by a state ethics commission that, among other issues, examined her use of staff members to babysit her young daughter. Ultimately, she was rebuked on only one charge related to babysitting. Ms. Swift is currently pregnant with twins.

—Jessica L. Sandham


Kentucky Extends Takeover of Floyd County District

The Kentucky Department of Education will stay in charge of the Floyd County public schools for another three years.

The state board of education voted to renew the 3-year-old takeover measure that has Woodrow Carter, a state- appointed administrator, overseeing every aspect of the 7,100-student district in the eastern part of the state.

Over the course of the past three years, the state takeover team has improved the management and finances of the district, said Lisa Y. Gross, a spokeswoman for the education department. The team is now focusing on improving the district’s curriculum and instruction, she said.

The Floyd County district is the only Kentucky school district managed by the state.

—David J. Hoff

A version of this article appeared in the February 21, 2001 edition of Education Week as News in Brief: A State Capitals Roundup

Events

This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
School & District Management Webinar
Leadership in Education: Building Collaborative Teams and Driving Innovation
Learn strategies to build strong teams, foster innovation, & drive student success.
Content provided by Follett Learning
School & District Management K-12 Essentials Forum Principals, Lead Stronger in the New School Year
Join this free virtual event for a deep dive on the skills and motivation you need to put your best foot forward in the new year.
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Privacy & Security Webinar
Navigating Modern Data Protection & Privacy in Education
Explore the modern landscape of data loss prevention in education and learn actionable strategies to protect sensitive data.
Content provided by  Symantec & Carahsoft

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

States How States Are Testing the Church-State Divide in Public Schools
A new order to teach the Bible in Oklahoma is the latest action to fuel debate over the presence of religion in schools.
7 min read
Image of a bible sitting on top of a school backpack.
Canva
States Lawsuit Challenges Louisiana's New Ten Commandments Law
Opponents argue that the law is a violation of separation of church and state and will isolate students.
3 min read
A copy of the Ten Commandments is posted along with other historical documents in a hallway of the Georgia Capitol, Thursday, June 20, 2024, in Atlanta. Civil liberties groups filed a lawsuit Monday, June 24, challenging Louisiana’s new law that requires the Ten Commandments to be displayed in every public school classroom.
A copy of the Ten Commandments is posted along with other historical documents in a hallway of the Georgia Capitol, Thursday, June 20, 2024, in Atlanta. Civil liberties groups filed a lawsuit Monday, June 24, challenging Louisiana’s new law that requires the Ten Commandments to be displayed in every public school classroom.
John Bazemore/AP
States The Surprising Contenders for State Superintendent Offices This Year
Two elections for the top education leadership job feature candidates who have never worked in public schools.
8 min read
North Dakota Superintendent of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler announces the gathering of a task force to look into future options the state has for the assessment of students during a press conference May 8, 2015, at the state Capitol in Bismarck, N.D.
North Dakota Superintendent of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler announces the gathering of a task force to look into future options for student assessment during a press conference May 8, 2015, in Bismarck, N.D. Baesler, the nation's longest-serving state schools chief, is running for a fourth term, facing opponents with no experience serving in public schools.
Mike McCleary/The Bismarck Tribune via AP
States Does a Ten Commandments Display in Classrooms Violate the Constitution?
Louisiana is poised to become the first state to require all schools to post the Ten Commandments in classrooms.
7 min read
Human hand holding a magnifying glass over open holy bible book of Exodus verses for Ten Commandments, top view
Marinela Malcheva/iStock/Getty