Board praises new St. Paul Superintendent Silva; she wants more done on achievement gap

 Valeria Silva celebrated her first year as St. Paul schools superintendent Tuesday, and even though the mayor wasn’t happy with her about the weather-related school closings this week, her bosses — members of the St. Paul School Board — gave her high marks on her anniversary.

Daarel Burnette II reports in the Star Tribune the board’s message to Silva: “We are pleased with your strategic visioning, leadership and clarity for setting high expectations for student achievement.”

Silva responded that in the coming year she wants to work harder toward closing the achievement gap between white and black students, increase diversity at the administration level and increase student population, the paper said.

“Whatever we have been doing has been good, but it’s been good for some students, not all,” Silva said.

The board had evaluated Silva last week and made their findings public last night.

Said Board Member Anne Carroll: “It’s been a very complex year, and I think it’s going to get harder before it gets easier, but I think we appreciate how clearly you have positioned us to make very good decisions.”

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  1. Submitted by Angela Ritter on 01/26/2011 - 03:42 pm.

    I disagree with the “Strong Schools, Strong Communties” proposal. How does taking a top performing school out of a very diverse (economically & racially) neighborhood help close the achievement gap? I signed a petition at http://www.EastSidePride.com & suggest all taxpayers take a very close look at this particular situation.

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