Posts from April 3rd, 2013
April 3, 2013
- Much-touted demand for charter schools in Chicago could be inflated, an analysis finds. (WBEZ)
- The NRA unveiled a plan to put armed guards in all public schools, but students are wary. (Daily Beast)
- Finance experts discuss ways for teenagers to earn a buck so that it lasts. (Room for Debate)
- A mother laments that parents can’t “redshirt” their kids because of city enrollment rules. (Motherlode)
- A computer science class for girls aims to address the dearth of women in the tech industry. (Dealbook)
- A photog shoots schools in cities with extreme inequities, from New York City to Mumbai. (India Ink)
- Suspected hackers are why the federal DOE shut down parts of its website this week. (Politics K-12)
- The case for why conservatives and tea-party activists should back the Common Core. (Ed Excellence)
- Opposition to Chicago Public Schools closures includes a rap song anthem. (Red Eye Chicago)
- Signs of the apocalypse for city schools include Quinn, testing, and the Unity caucus. (Assailed Teacher)
April 3, 2013
Leonie Haimson’s career as a New York City education activist started when her older child was assigned to a first-grade class with 28 other students. That was in 1996, and since then, Haimson has advocated for public school parents — through her organization, Class Size Matters; the blog and online mailing lists she runs; and the national parent group she helped launch.
But her personal stake changed last summer, when Haimson ceased to be a public school parent. Her younger child started at a private high school in September, following a trajectory from public to private school that her older child, now an adult, also took.
Many of Haimson’s close friends and colleagues in the parent advocacy world have known for months about the change in her status. But she did not make it known publicly until today, after learning that GothamSchools planned to disclose the information in a story. “I myself don’t think it is either particularly interesting or relevant,” she wrote in a post on the blog she started in 2007, NYC Public School Parents, before going on to explain the choice.
“It is a parent’s responsibility to find a school that they believe best fits their children’s needs,” Haimson wrote in a statement she sent to GothamSchools before publishing her own post.
The disclosure caught some other advocates off guard.
“I’m surprised,” said Sheila Kaplan, a student data privacy advocate who has worked with Haimson in recent months. “She’s never said anything about her kids being in private schools.”
After shaping much of her identity around her role as a public school parent, decamping from the city’s public schools puts Haimson in a delicate situation. It also opens her up to questions from her many opponents in the polarized education policy debate. (more…)
April 3, 2013
- Non-Asian families seem increasingly to be flocking to city test prep “cram schools,” some say. (Times)
- Confusion reigned as Atlanta’s police department booked educators charged with cheating. (AJC, Times)
- The cheating scandal, reignited after a lull, is turning attention to the role of standardized testing. (Times)
- After initial concern, Seattle says it won’t punish teachers who refused to administer state tests. (Reuters)
- The ongoing woes of city public schools under Mayor Bloomberg is a problem for CUNY. (Village Voice)
- Bloomberg touted his last set of schools. (GothamSchools, Times, NY1, Post, SchoolBook, Daily News)
- A small army of leaders at each city school lets the teachers union enforce its contract. (GothamSchools)
- In a lawsuit, an ex-school therapist said he was fired after reporting a colleague who misbehaved. (Post)
- Memphis is becoming a reform hotbed after creating a district of weak schools, a la New Orleans. (Times)
- The National Rifle Association unveiled a plan for boosting school safety with guns. (Times, USA Today)