Posts from June 5th, 2012
June 5, 2012
- Chicago’s teachers are voting tomorrow on whether to allow their union to call a strike. (Catalyst)
- Ed Sec Arne Duncan is turning his attention to colleges that have low graduation rates. (The Choice)
- Proposed changes to the city’s school discipline code strips punishment for some offenses. (Wonkster)
- Kicking off a week of artist visits to city schools, sculptor Jeff Koons visited P.S. 112. (SchoolBook)
- Six in 10 principals Michelle Rhee hired in 2008 are no longer at their schools. (D.C. Schools Insider)
- Before Barack Obama created School Improvement Grants, Mitt Romney had the idea. (Politics K-12)
- The principal of a large school in the Bronx visits all classes in the first weeks of the year. (Hechinger)
- “It won’t be long now” before the end of the year and the feelings it brings, a teacher writes. (Mr. Foteah)
- Zombie teachers are on the prowl, first in high schools, as the year wanes. (Miss Eyre/NYC Educator)
June 5, 2012
This story has been corrected from its earlier version to clarify the positions expressed by Lasher yesterday.
Two months ago StudentsFirstNY, the New York branch of Michelle Rhee’s political action committee, announced itself with a splash. But it hasn’t been clear where the group will direct its financial and political might.
Micah Lasher, StudentsFirstNY’s executive director, fleshed out the group’s platform for the first time at a discussion hosted Monday by the DL21C, a group of young Democrats. GothamSchools’ Elizabeth Green moderated the discussion.
StudentsFirstNY will also focus on organizing parents to demand policy changes around improving teacher quality and school choice, Lasher said. He also said the group might well weigh in on next year’s mayoral race, whose victor will determine the next phase of the city’s education reforms.
“If there comes a time where it becomes clear that there is a candidate that we think would be effective on these issues, and it makes sense according to our political judgements and the way we think we can best improve schools in the city, I would allow us to get involved in getting support of a candidate,” Lasher said. (more…)
June 5, 2012
Speaking to philanthropists and foundation leaders on Monday, the city, state, and national schools chiefs presented a united front — except when it came to the sticky issue of whether to release teachers’ ratings to the public.
Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott, State Education Commissioner John King, and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan offered up tips on financing school reform at Philanthropy New York’s 33rd annual meeting.
The meeting drew representatives from major education organizations used to making and receiving philanthropic gifts, including the Harlem Children’s Zone and The After-School Corporation. It also attracted education policy neophytes from large private foundations: Many in the audience didn’t know how many of New York State’s 250,000 ninth graders typically make it to 12th grade without dropping out (Duncan furnished the answer: 188,000).
The trio of education policy heavyweights together urged attendees to think about how their contributions could support their priorities, such as implementing new learning standards, known as the Common Core, and overhauling the country’s lowest-performing schools. Walcott told the audience that private donations have fueled some of the city’s most innovative reform efforts, including the Common Core Library and the technology-infused iZone.
“I’m actually not coming here to ask you to give a lot more, although that would be great too, but to be really smarter in what you’re giving,” Duncan said.
But they were divided when moderator Beth Fertig, WNYC’s education report, asked whether they thought districts and states should make teacher evaluations available to the public, as New York City did in February in response to requests from several news organizations. It’s a question that state lawmakers could tackle this month. (more…)
June 5, 2012
- Council Speaker Christine Quinn told the DOE she wants less punitive school discipline. (SchoolBook)
- Council members say Bloomberg would do better to require daily P.E. than ban big sodas. (Daily News)
- The EarlyLearn early childhood overhaul is shaking up home providers in a big way. (GothamSchools)
- U.S. schools chief Arne Duncan told New York to keep up its reforms during an event. (SchoolBook)
- Getting off the “turnaround” list was no cure for Grady HS, which faces new challenges. (GothamSchools)
- Chancellor Walcott visited JHS 74 and its student who placed third in the national spelling bee. (NY1)
- S.I. assistant principals were fined for selling donated theme park tickets. (City Room, Daily News, Post)
- Michael Benjamin argues that the city’s new sex ed curriculum encourages bad teacher behavior. (Post)