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Arnold taps new education secretary

first_imgSACRAMENTO – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Wednesday tapped Riverside County Superintendent of Schools David Long as his new education secretary. Long, a classroom teacher before he became an administrator, is “a great educator who understands education inside and out,” Schwarzenegger said at a Capitol news conference. Schwarzenegger hopes to make 2008 the year of education, much as he is spotlighting health care this year. In that event, Long, a Republican, could be a key adviser. He will help Schwarzenegger translate into policy proposals the results of a recently released comprehensive education survey that called for overhauling funding and policies. California will spend more than $40 billion on schools next year, but this will still be below the national average per student. Student performance remains lackluster despite various federal and state accountability programs. Long, 67, said he is excited about the job and impressed by Schwarzenegger’s passion for education reform. His new post pays $175,000 a year. Jack O’Connell, the state’s superintendent of public instruction, lauded the selection of Long. “I know that Dave shares my deep concern about the need to close the achievement gap in California,” O’Connell said in a written statement, “and I look forward to working with him on this critical issue.” Long has spent 40 years in education, starting as a teacher and coach in Iowa and moving up the ranks to serve as Riverside County’s elected schools chief since 1999. As Riverside County superintendent of schools, Long had some oversight over 23 districts serving 400,000 students. He chairs a safe schools committee for U.S. Education Secretary Margaret Spellings. Long succeeds Alan Bersin, who returned to his home in San Diego to chair the board of the San Diego Regional Airport Authority. [email protected] (916) 441-4602160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgWhat a wonderful day it was on Tuesday for the tutors and learners of Letterkenny Youthreach and especially for Rioghnach Mc Fadden and her classmates of 4th class in ScoilColmchille, Newtowncunningham. This was the day that the official opening ofthe new playground playset took place, that which was designed and built by the Letterkenny Youthreach learners under the tutorial of Andy Dowds, woodwork tutor at the centre.The adventure playset was a prize which was won by Rioghnach for a short story which she had written and entered into a competition organised by the Youthreach centre and the playset was built in accordance with a drawing which she also supplied. Rioghnach’s story was chosen from hundreds of entries from primary schools within the catchment area of Letterkenny Youthreach, from Letterkenny to Newtowncunningham, to Ballybofey, to Milford and all areas in-between. Acting Co-Ordinator of Letterkenny Youthreach, Gillian Kennedy, stated what a success the wholeproject had been. “Youthreach is a national training and education programme for early school leavers and this year Letterkenny Youthreach is celebrating it’s 25 year anniversary. As part of our on-going celebrations we have been doing a variety of events and projects engaging with the wider community in a way to help raise awareness of all the wonderful and award winning things our Youthreach programme has to offer. This competition came about because we decided to reach out to the multiple primary schools in our catchment area. We were surprised by the sheer volume of entries and even more taken aback by the standard of the writing and the imagination in the art work for some of the drawings. Youthreach learners, who study QQI qualification from level 1 to 4, very much enjoyed working on producing the winning playset and it’s a bonus that all this hard work can be recorded as part of our learners’ level 4 assessment, which is our leaving cert standard equivalent. We are very grateful to the following local businesses that kindly supported this endeavour; Bank Of Ireland, Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Kernan’s Diner, Credit Union, Charles Kelly Ltd., McCool Sawmills, Gortlee Tool Hire, LCL Utility Solutions, McMenamin Tyres and KN Networks”The official opening was conducted by Scoil Colmcille principal James Doherty and Letterkenny Youthreach Acting Co-Ordinator Gillian Kennedy in the presence of Donegal County Mayor Cllr. Ciaran Brogan, Chairman of School Board of Governors Francis Conaghan,   Letterkenny Town and District Mayor Cllr. Gerry Mc Monagle, Padraig Mc Laughlin TD, Ann Mc Hugh, Chief Executive Donegal ETB, Crona Gallagher, AEO Donegal ETB, local Cllr. Paul Canning, tutors and learners of Letterkenny Youthreach, teachers and students of Scoil Colmchille and local parents and residents of Newtowncunningham.OFFICIAL OPENING OF PLAYGROUND PLAYSET AT LETTERKENNY YOUTHREACH was last modified: June 8th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:FeaturesLetterkenny Youthreachnewslast_img read more