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January 11, 2013

Column: Should Salem schools have a longer day?

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Davis has held numerous positions at the federal, state and local levels focused on improving educational opportunities for children across the United States. Her previous positions have included serving as a deputy assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of Education in the Clinton administration, executive director of Boston Mayor Thomas Menino’s 2-to-6 After-School Initiative and special assistant to the executive director of the National Governors Association when President Bush convened the nation’s governors to set national goals for education.

Driscoll and Russell will provide an update on the second year of the turnaround. The focus has been on teaching and learning, the use of data, a new volunteer initiative, greater cultural expectations, and more.

We all have a stake in the success of Salem’s public schools and the future of our children. Whether we are teachers, parents, grandparents, potential volunteers and/or concerned citizens, it’s important to learn about school improvements in our community and possibly help in this major effort to improve the schools.

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Patricia Zaido is executive director of the Salem Partnership and a member of the Community Advisory Board for the Salem Public Schools.

If you go Who: Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll; Superintendent of Schools Stephen Russell; Jennifer Davis, president, National Center on Time & Learning; and Chris Gabrieli, chairman, National Center on Time & Learning What: Community meeting, "Transforming Schools Through Expanded Learning Time" and "Salem Public Schools Turnaround Update" When: Thursday, Jan. 24, 6 to 8 p.m. Where: Collins Middle School, 29 Highland Ave., Salem

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