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Former Central Falls principal sighted in Newark?

September 16, 2011

Sonn Sam, who left the Central Falls High School transformation effort after less than a year, is now leading a Newark high school.

The former Rhode Islander is featured prominently in a New York Times article about several new, young principals hoping to make a difference in Newark’s troubled schools.

Sam left Central Falls High School in the middle of the last academic year citing personal reasons, and the article confirms that his mother later died of cancer. Many faculty members in Central Falls were critical of Sam, saying he failed to articulate a clear discipline policy and did not have the experience to run a large public high school.

The article also acknowledges that Sam faced early controversy over misstatements on his resume, which were first discovered by Rhode Island Public Radio.

In the document, Sam over-stated improvements on test scores during his tenure as head of one of the Met school campuses. He claims the information was based on faulty data provided by another member of the Met staff, and says he has since changed his resume.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. September 16, 2011 3:52 pm

    His new school sounds like a much better match for someone from the Met.

  2. Lauren permalink
    September 17, 2011 11:31 am

    I just read your first article of this guy. It seems like that first report on a future leader of a school did have some negative lash back on a already disgruntled staff. Looks like an oversight to me, especially since he didn’t include stats in his resume that would have benefited him. You wrote in the very ending that “Reading and writing proficiency rates at the Met have both risen significantly since 2007, but these increases are not noted on Sam’s resume”. I also searched his name and found his mother’s obituary. Died in April, surprised it took this long to be confirmed. Going to read the rest, sounds like Central Falls is a fun place to be. There are so many stories of school reform for inner city schools. Many in CA too. Hopefully someone will get it right. Wonder if any of these people know that years of failure will not change overnight and may take work from all invested parties.

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