The Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) announced the selection of six cities for a new multiyear initiative – By All Means: Redesigning Education to Restore Opportunity – aimed at developing comprehensive child well-being and education systems that help eliminate the link between children’s socioeconomic status and achievement. By All Means will be operated by HGSE’s Education Redesign Lab. Participating cities in the initiative are Oakland, California; Louisville, Kentucky; Providence, Rhode Island; and Salem, Somerville, and Newton, Massachusetts.“While our recent efforts at education reform have yielded some great successes in certain places, overall, we have failed to achieve equity, we have failed to eliminate persistent achievement and success gaps,” said Professor Paul Reville, founding director of the Education Redesign Lab and former Massachusetts secretary of education. “Schools alone, as currently conceived, can’t do the job of educating all children for success. We can do better. By All Means will help light the way.“Education reformers across the country set out decades ago to eliminate the correlation between zip code and educational success,” Reville continued. “We’ve failed at that so far. These courageous mayors and superintendents are now re-embracing the challenge and are willing to rethink their child well-being and education systems to achieve the goal of equity.” Read Full Story
January 1, 2005 Regular News Annual pro bono award nominations solicited Annual pro bono award nominations solicited Lawyers who have freely given their time and expertise in making legal services available to the poor are being sought for public recognition by the Florida Supreme Court and The Florida Bar. The Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award is given to an outstanding attorney in each of the state’s judicial circuits. The Tobias Simon Pro Bono Service Award is a statewide award presented by the Chief Justice to an individual attorney who exemplifies the highest ideals of the profession in assuring the availability of legal services to the poor. The award is named for the late Miami civil rights lawyer Tobias Simon. The Chief Justice’s Law Firm Commendation is a statewide award that recognizes a law firm which has demonstrated a significant contribution in the provision of legal services to individuals or groups on a pro bono basis that cannot otherwise afford the services. The Voluntary Bar Association Pro Bono Service Award presented by the Chief Justice is a statewide award to recognize, when appropriate, a voluntary bar association which has demonstrated a significant contribution in the delivery of legal services to individuals or groups on a pro bono basis that cannot otherwise afford the services. The Chief Justice’s Distinguished Judicial Service Award presented to an active or retired judge for outstanding and sustained service to the public whether through legal or civic service or a combination of them, including, but not limited to, support of pro bono legal services.Those serving on the Chief Justice’s Advisory Committee for the court’s pro bono awards include: Solomon Badger III, Rep. Holly Benson, Allison Bethel, Donna Graf, John Kozyak, Louis Kwall, MaryAnne Lukacs, Chair Miles McGrane, Kent Spuhler, Judge Emerson Thompson, Jr., and Catalina Maria Zuluaga-Avalos.The deadline for nominations is January 7. Nomination forms are available on The Florida Bar Web site at www.flabar.org.If you have any questions, contact The Florida Bar’s Public Information Office, 651 E. Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-2300, or call (800) 342-8060, ext. 5669.