In New Orleans, Vallas’ initiatives include a standardized curriculum, an extended school day and school year to provide students with more instructional time on task, and a classroom modernization program that has provided interactive white boards in all core classrooms, laptops to all teachers, and more than 4,000 laptop computers to high school students. In addition, Vallas implemented high school redesign initiative that has brought industry-linked signature programs to RSD high schools and helped draft a comprehensive blueprint that will guide future school construction and renovation in New Orleans.
Prior to joining the RSD, Vallas served as Chief Executive Officer for the School District of Philadelphia from 2002-2007 and as Chief Executive Officer of Chicago Public Schools from 1995 to 2001. Vallas has also served as budget director for the City of Chicago and as revenue director for the City of Chicago.
Originally from Chicago, Vallas received a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and History in 1976 and a Masters in Political Science in 1980 from Western Illinois University.