Posts from April 5th, 2013
April 5, 2013
- A City-As-School teacher describes the program that put her in the room with Gloria Steinem. (HuffPo)
- Surveyed school leaders say they’re accountable for a whole lot more than tests. (More Thoughtful)
- Facebook and Gates are hosting a hackathon focused on building education apps. (VentureBeat)
- Michelle Rhee received an apology for nasty comments made about her at a protest. (Diane Ravitch)
- A blogger reveals that much funding in a local school board race came from out of state. (Answer Sheet)
- A Bahraini teacher describes what it’s like when education is under attack in her country. (Shanker Blog)
- Advocates slammed city schools’ use of suspensions in cases of students with disabilities. (Schoolbook)
- A teacher considers the advanced students and asks how to keep them from “getting off that track.” (JLV)
- A teacher argues there is just one caucus opposed to Unity in the UFT elections. (NYC Educator)
- What does Geoffrey Canada drink? “[H]ot water with nothing in it — just hot water.” (NYT Magazine)
April 5, 2013
As soon as our story about Leonie Haimson, the prominent parent activist who ceased being a public school parent last summer, went live on Wednesday, comments applauding Haimson’s advocacy began rolling in.
Among the first to comment was Assembly Education Committee chair Cathy Nolan, who wrote as “freshmanmom,”
I love working with leonie haimson; her dedication, research skills, advocacy and passion are very helpful to me both as a parent of a nyc public school student and as the chair of the assembly’s education committee. Leonie has a right to send her child to whatever school she thinks is best for her child, especially after fighting for years to improve the public school system for all familes.
Later, Haimson herself added a comment and urged readers to visit her blog, NYC Public School Parents, to read the post she had published before seeing our story:
Thanks for the tremendous support from those of you who commented here, on the lists or privately; your friendship, understanding and support helps keep me going!
Many of Haimson’s supporters also questioned, sometimes with ferocity, whether we should have written the story at all. We have invited Kelly McBride, a media ethicist at the Poynter Institute, to weigh in on that question and on the question of how well our story accomplished its goals. We’ll publish her ombudsman-style response next week, no matter what she says.
For now, we’ll point you to what the public editor of the Education Writers Association, Emily Richmond, wrote when she discussed our story on her own blog today, in a post that also appeared at the Atlantic: (more…)
April 5, 2013
In a new report, Liu — who is also running for mayor — urges the city to partner with technology companies to provide refurbished computers to students who otherwise might not have a computer in college. He also recommends that the city encourage businesses to donate their outdated computer equipment to schools; and expand nonprofit programs that place computers in students’ homes and train students to repair their schools’ computers.
The report on closing the “digital literacy divide” is the latest in a series about how the city can boost the number of its students who graduate from college and contribute to its economy. Altogether, Liu, who is responsible for the city’s fiscal stewardship, calls for nearly $40 million a year in new spending on computers and technology programs. (Expanding the student-led computer support program could save the city $15 million a year, according to the report.)
The report does not mention mobile technology, which a study released last month by the Pew Internet and American Life Project suggested might be closing the digital divide in some ways. (more…)
April 5, 2013
Even as many unions nationwide are struggling to retain their clout, the United Federation of Teachers is still flexing considerable muscle in New York City. But with a teacher evaluation deal still up in the air and Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s last months in office approaching, the teachers union is nonetheless at a crossroads.
Just how much the current moment translates into change for the UFT will not be clear for years. Other turning points in UFT history have been more obvious. Here are a few:
1960: The UFT is born out of rival factions
The Teachers Guild, a group made up primarily of older teachers, and the more confrontational High School Teachers Association merged in 1960 to create the UFT. Relations between the two groups, which were not the only unions representing city teachers, had thawed after members picketed together the previous year. The UFT’s future hegemony was not at all obvious then, as the union didn’t have collective bargaining power until December 1961 and the Teachers Guild didn’t dissolve until 1964. The UFT would play a crucial role in the education upheaval later that decade, including the 1968 teachers strike precipitated by the firing of teachers in Ocean Hill-Brownsville.
1968: Teachers strike for months (more…)
April 5, 2013
- A veteran Syracuse teacher’s letter of resignation over new test policies has gone viral. (Post-Standard)
- A lawyer said he will sue to stop a Success Academy co-location with several high schools. (Villager)
- The new leader of a well-regarded school hopes to sustain what the founder started. (GothamSchools)
- The Post criticizes Leonie Haimson’s opposition to charter schools despite exercising her own choice.
- Mike Petrilli says the Atlanta cheating scandal is proof testing needs to change, not end. (Daily News)
- A writer says elite high schools’ racial makeup tells us that we should learn from Asian families. (WSJ)