Monday, March 14, 2011

Deborah A. Gist, Broad Superintendents Academy Class of 2008

“The Broad Effect” has been playing out in Rhode Island, where State Education Commissioner Deborah A. Gist, a 2008 Broad Superintendents Academy graduate, worked in tandem with Frances Gallo, the district’s superintendent, to fire 93 teachers and staff members at Central Falls High School. Learn much more about the whole story here.

The April 2009 press release announcing Gist’s appointment as the new R.I. Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education explains how the Broad Foundation guided Rhode Island's way:
“We are thrilled that Rhode Island is the first state to attract a Broad Fellow as not only the superintendent of its largest schools system, with Tom Brady in Providence, but also a Broad Fellow as a State Commissioner who can partner in addressing the challenges of transforming the state's educational systems to a position of international leadership." 

“The Mayor [Cicilline of Providence] today met with the School Board Monday night to discuss a plan that installs Fran Gallo as Transition Superintendent and calls for the formation of a search committee by next week. The plan is informed by counsel from the Broad Foundation (pronounced “brode”), a nationally-recognized consultant for superintendent searches.” 
And as Providence Public School District eventually acquired THOMAS M. BRADY (Broad Superintendents Academy Class of 2004), he was joined by SHARON CONTRERAS (Broad Superintendents Academy Class of 2010) as his Chief Academic Officer. Gallo took a position at Central Falls, an impoverished community 5.7 miles north of Providence. Read more about the Broad-in-Rhode-Island synergy here.
More about Gist:

Regent member paid ghostwriter fee for Gist speech

Wednesday, May 19, 2010
PROVIDENCE — A member of the Board of Regents for Elementary and Secondary Education paid a New York ghostwriter $10,000 to pen Education Commissioner Deborah A. Gist’s 10-page speech to the General Assembly last month.

Regent Angus Davis, an entrepreneur, offered to pay for a speechwriter when he heard that Gist was reluctant to tap into her department’s budget for the work as had been done in the past, Gist said Tuesday…

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