Posts from July 2nd, 2012
July 2, 2012
- Detroit’s schools chief has imposed a collective bargaining agreement without the union’s consent. (AP)
- The NEA’s annual meeting is focused on backing President Obama but not his policies. (Teacher Beat)
- Sunset Park parents are upset that the chancellor hasn’t yet kept a vow to meet with them. (DNAInfo)
- The flip side of urban school segregation is that suburban schools are growing less white. (WBEZ)
- A teacher has collected more than 600 images on visual inspiration board for her classroom. (Pinterest)
- A city teacher says she’s glad she gets the summer off — to recover from the stress of the year. (Prelife)
- A few Bronx high schools supply all of the batboys who work at Yankee Stadium. (SchoolBook)
- A city teacher explains why she asks her students to publish their writing publicly online. (Atlantic)
- Teachers are critiquing Khan Academy’s online lessons and challenging others to do the same. (HuffPo)
- A father offers a tongue-in-cheek address to his daughter’s graduating first-grade class. (Insideschools)
- Richard Rothstein: Regular, thorough inspections of schools would curb many issues. (Class Struggle)
- A funny picture illustrating the low quality of some publishers’ content says it all with elf-math. (Russo)
- A relatively new blog aims to document life in city schools that are being phased out. (Phaseoutschools)
- The tech group Wireless Generation could change as its parent company, NewsCorp, does. (Eduwonk)
- Pearson is launching schools in Africa and Asia that will cost $3 a month. (Independent via Ravitch)
- The city’s ex-turnaround schools have a year (really five months) to prove themselves. (Ed in the Apple)
July 2, 2012
The city canceled meetings with the teachers and principals unions today as its lawyers prepare to seek a restraining order against a ruling that reverses thousands of hiring decisions at 24 struggling schools.
Both the United Federation of Teachers and the Council of School Supervisors and Administrators planned to meet with city officials this afternoon to figure out what would come next for the schools, which had been slated to undergo an overhaul process called “turnaround.” The process involved radically shaking up the schools’ staffs, which total more than 3,500 people. But the arbitrator’s ruling undid all of the changes.
UFT President Michael Mulgrew said the meeting was already on his agenda by Friday afternoon, just hours after the arbitrator ruled that the city’s staffing plans for the schools violated its contracts with the unions.
A main agenda item would have been figuring out a mechanism for staff members who were not rehired at the schools to reclaim their positions. Another issue, Mulgrew said on Friday, was whether the city and unions might instead try to hash out a teacher evaluation agreement for the 24 schools so they could undergo less aggressive overhaul processes and still qualify for federal funding.
But this morning, the city told the unions that the meetings were off.
Mayor Bloomberg explained this afternoon that he thinks the city should not have to abide by the arbitrator’s ruling until the arbitrator explains his reasoning. (more…)
July 2, 2012
Every week, we try to offer positive reinforcement to readers who have posted comments that help us meet our goal of elevating public dialogue about education. But on Friday, we were derailed by news that an arbitrator had reversed hiring decisions at 24 “turnaround” schools, undoing more than five months of Department of Education changes at the schools.
So far, our story about the arbitration has received more than 210 comments, making it the third-most-commented-upon GothamSchools story ever (behind this and this). Some of those comments do not meet our standards, but lots of them do. We’ve collected a sampling of thoughtful, substantive, and informed comments here.
Some commenters focused on the schools’ unsteady futures. “CJ” wrote,
While I agree, this was a great victory (although of course one can ask why the UFT cooperated in the first place by serving on the 18D committees which would have held up that process), one has to ask what will come next. Will the UFT throw its members under the bus by not working to put in place a teacher evaluation sysem that will protect teachers from the fury of unqualified principals of which there are so many in this system? What will happen when Bloomberg tries to close these 24 schools as he is almost sure to do now as his final parting show of disdain for the staff, parents and kids of this city? This saga is still to be written.
“Dazed and confused” speculated about a potential irony that could emerge this summer:
Does anyone have a clue as to what may happen next? I am at one of the schools. The young people were kept; the old people were tossed to the curb. I would think this now reverses itself and the old folks stay and the youngsters hit the open market. If this was not so tragic it would be hysterically funny.
“Good job Mike!” predicted the same irony in more biting terms:
We all know these schools had some dead weight in these schools. Now these teachers will be back in schools where enrollment is down and excessing will be common, mostly eliminating your younger teachers. The ratio of dead weight teachers will be at an all time high in these schools.
Why would the schools lose some teachers even if the city is not requiring them to? A user posting as “guest” explained: (more…)
July 2, 2012
- A federal judge ruled that city school buildings can in fact be used by religious groups. (Times)
- The city lost its bid to overhaul 24 schools. (GothamSchools, SchoolBook, Post, Daily News, WSJ, NY1)
- The Daily News says the teachers union’s bid to stop the overhauls shows it doesn’t care about students.
- A bill on Gov. Cuomo’s desk requires that “home environment” factor into special ed placements. (WSJ)
- The city’s in-progress special education overhaul continues to generate anxiety. (WNYC/SchoolBook)
- For the first time, the city released required data about students who did not graduate. (GothamSchools)
- The 21 Bronx schools opening this fall have various themes and include replacements. (Daily News)
- The Dignity for All Students Act, a new state law that targets bullying, went into effect on Sunday. (NY1)
- A novelist whose daughters went to Stuyvesant says the culture pushes smart kids to cheat. (Daily News)
- Ginia Bellafante: Sex abuse allegations are revising the histories of some elite city prep schools. (Times)
- A prep-school student famously jailed for gun-running graduated from Millennium HS. (Daily News)
- The family of a student whose beating by a school administrator was filmed is suing the city. (NY1)
- The ultra-competitive exam used to screen students for Chinese universities is being reassessed. (Times)
- Five more states received federal No Child Left Behind waivers, bringing the total to 24. (Times)
- A program being piloted at three New England prep schools aims to teach girls about finance. (Times)
- Mitt Romney’s two big education policy pushes as Massachusetts’s governor fell short. (Boston Globe)
- City-based consultants floated a plan to shame a New Orleans school that hired them. (Times-Picayune)