Clearing my head

I’m going to be off until Jan. 2.

Right now, I’m planning to really take off and not blog. I may cheat and do a post or two, but I figure that it would be healthy to cleanse my palate of religion news for a full week.

If I don’t cheat, I hope that those of you who celebrate Christmas have a very Merry Christmas. And Happy New Year to all…

Gary Stern

Gary Stern covered education in the Lower Hudson Valley for several years during the early 1990s. Now's he back on the beat. He believes that schools are one of the main reasons that people live around here and that educational issues -- from curriculum to financing -- are among the most challenging things that journalists can write about. He continues to be amazed by the complexity of educational jargon. Gary got his B.A. at SUNY Buffalo and his M.A. from the University of Missouri Journalism School (where his master's thesis was about the best ways to cover education). He lives in White Plains with his wife and two sons, who attend public schools.