New Montgomery Co. Schools Chief To Focus On Performance | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

New Montgomery Co. Schools Chief To Focus On Performance

Play associated audio
New Montgomery County Schools Superintendent Dr. Joshua Starr (right) speaks to reporters Wednesday.
Matt Bush
New Montgomery County Schools Superintendent Dr. Joshua Starr (right) speaks to reporters Wednesday.

Starr earned a reputation for being combative with school board members and parents while superintendent in Stamford, Connecticut. He doesn't run from that label.

"As David Humes said 'Truth springs from arguments among friends,'" Starr says in an interview. "And in order to do this job well, you have to be honest, and you have to be engaged in discussing really really difficult issues. And I think that's healthy."

Starr will get an early test when he starts dealing with the Montgomery County Council, which is looking to change a state law that forces localities to spend more on schools each successive year. It's an attempt to slow or cut spending on schools. Starr says keeping student performance high is the best way to keep taxpayers on his side.

"The superintendent and the school board have a sacred trust with the taxpayers in Montgomery County, and you want to make sure you get a really good return on investment," he says.

Starr's first day on the job is July 1, but until then, Montgomery County parents and students can follow him on Twitter.

WAMU 88.5

Art Beat With Lauren Landau, July 31

Today you can rock out to some familiar tunes or check out a local band’s debut album.

NPR

How To Order Pizza From A Nuclear Command Bunker

A trip to an underground Air Force nuclear bunker becomes a unexpectedly delicious culinary experience. Just don't order the gravy bowl.
WAMU 88.5

Jonnie Williams On Stand Again Today In McDonnell Corruption Trial

Former Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams will take the stand again today in the trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, and his testimony could be key in the case.

NPR

Can Pinterest Compete With Google's Search?

Pinterest has created a database of things that matter to humans. And with a programming team that's largely been hired away from Google, the company has begun offering what it calls "guided search."

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.