Whyte Hired To Help Turnaround Public Schools

   While his job title, "supervisor of school turnaround" is a bit clunky, Paul A. Whyte is bringing an impeccable education and some remarkable experience to his new post in Waterbury, Connecticut.

   Whyte, 41, holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Yale University and a Masters of Education in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy (APSP) from Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is currently working on a Ph.D from Columbia University in NYC.

   According to a description on the Columbia University website, Whyte was the Principal of New Beginnings Family Academy, a public K-8 charter school, in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The article stated, "Mr. Whyte transitioned to the role of school leader in 2008. As principal, he has focused on building a culture of achievement and high expectations for students and staff. Under his leadership, NBFA scores on the Connecticut Mastery Test have improved dramatically, with NBFA achieving the most improvement among middle schools in the state. Prior to serving as the principal, Mr. Whyte oversaw the development of formative assessments, data driven decision-making processes and a new teacher evaluation program."

   According to an article in the Republican-American newspaper today, Whyte will be paid $116,000 a year and will start his new job on Monday. Welcome to the battle Mr. Whyte....