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Turf Wars Overshadow Education Priorities

Thomas Menino, mayor of Boston, recently announced an innovative plan to combine funding for schools in his city. (Photo by Office of Governor Deval Patrick, via Flickr)

With its vastly superior public education system, will Boston surpass Silicon Valley as the global leader of technological innovation? It’s a distinct possibility unless we get our act together. Boston is poised to win, considering the current fights focus on turf instead of better educational results for our children.

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The Leaders, Innovators of Local Education

Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak revolutionized the way we look at technology by creating Apple. Now there are several local leaders in education who have paired up to leave a similar mark on their industry.

Much like the early partnership of Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, which transformed the manner in which we use technology, three pairs of individuals are at the forefront of improving education for Silicon Valley’s students. These innovators and provocateurs work to challenge the status quo, and their goal is equitable, high quality education opportunities for all children.

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Bay Area Math Report Deserves Local School Districts’ Consideration

Emmett Carson, executive director of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, recently released a report on the detrimental affects of delaying basic math classes to local students. (Photo by Chris Graff)

A new study from the Brookings Institution places the metro area of San Jose, Sunnyvale, and Santa Clara as No. 1 in patent filings per capita in America. Certainly, the distinction is reflected in the fabric of our economy and the high price of housing. It would follow somewhat logically that this honor must also demonstrate the effectiveness and innovation in our public schools, especially in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education. Unfortunately, this is not the case in most schools, districts and classrooms in Silicon Valley.

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Bad News in Silicon Valley Index

Last Friday a thousand notables from high tech companies, public utilities, hospitals, local governments and NGO’s filled 96 tables at the McEnery Convention Center to hear about the State of the Valley according to the 2010 Silicon Valley Index, released by Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.  “The Index has a lot of bad news this year,” said Russell Hancock, Joint Venture’s president.


We Need an Education Governor

In a few weeks it will be 20 years since the Loma Prieta earthquake that rocked the Bay Area at 5:04 P.M. on Oct. 17, 1989. Tragically sixty-three people were killed on that fateful day, however the infrastructure damage done by the shaking has been repaired, even better than before