Posts from May 3rd, 2013
May 3, 2013
- The new “marshmallow test” involves the internet and kids seem to be failing to resist temptation. (Slate)
- Common Core fan: Pearson shouldn’t mix curriculum and tests, no matter what NYSED says. (CC Watch)
- New York State policies on who gets tested meant a hospitalized child got a surprise test. (Answer Sheet)
- In defense of “last in, first out” seniority layoff rules: Their arbitrariness is a virtue. (Eric Horowitz)
- Michael Mulgrew has decreed that students in his school district will not take midterms. (Inside Nova)
- A graphologist is among those to weigh in on the value of teaching cursive in schools. (Room for Debate)
- Sixth-graders at Isaac Newton Middle School are using social media to make positive change. (HuffPo)
- A teacher exhorts others to speak out about teaching, even when it seems hard to do. (Jose Vilson)
- Within individual schools, the newest teachers tend to get the highest-need students. (Teacher Beat)
- More kids are eating the free lunch at Democracy Prep since the school upgraded its food. (Economist)
May 3, 2013
Even as he insists that the city cannot give teachers a retroactive raise, Mayor Bloomberg is trying to soften the blow with what he says has been a nice consolation prize.
“They’ve been getting raises all throughout this period,” Bloomberg said this morning on his weekly radio appearance, referring to the nearly four years since teachers’ current contract expired.
It’s a point that Bloomberg has tried to get across during a two-day campaign about what he says is the city’s perilous financial situation that he began with his final budget proposal. He said the city is already struggling to cover rising healthcare and pension costs for its public workforce and can’t afford the billions of dollars a year it would take to offer retroactive raises on top of that. (more…)
May 3, 2013
City schools’ annual letter grades would become a thing of the past if any of the mayoral candidates who attended a parent-oriented forum in Brooklyn Thursday evening takes over City Hall next year.
Sal Albanese, Bill de Blasio, John Liu, and Bill Thompson each vowed to stop issuing the grades, which the Bloomberg administration has issued since 2007. The city has used the grades — which are almost entirely based on student test scores for elementary and middle schools — to pick which schools to close and which principals to reward.
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and all of the non-Democratic candidates in the race skipped the forum, which was organized by a parent group that formed to oppose high-stakes testing and co-sponsored by the teachers union-aligned Alliance for Quality Education.
The school grading issue was one on which the candidates had not clearly staked out positions before moderator — and outspoken critic of the Bloomberg administration — Diane Ravitch asked them about it. But their unanimity reflected the tenor of the evening, in which the four men clamored to demonstrate their alignment with the parents who organized the event and against Mayor Bloomberg’s school policies. (more…)
May 3, 2013
- The city’s Cathie Black emails show a PR frenzy. (GothamSchools, Times, Post, NY1, WSJ, Daily News)
- After a “concerned educator” leaked a New York reading test, analysis showed it was hard. (Daily News)
- One person who saw the test said he had never seen test questions so difficult for students. (Daily News)
- The Daily News concludes that state officials’ claim of “tough, but fair” for this year’s test was accurate.
- Eight parents running for city parent council seats are suing to halt the elections process. (SchoolBook)
- Bloomberg handicapped retroactive teacher raises and criticized Gov. Andrew Cuomo. (GothamSchools)
- Cuomo reminded the city that it has until next week to adopt evaluations deal on its own. (Daily News)
- A parent forum was Christine Quinn’s latest absence from the campaign trail. (GothamSchools, Times)
- Texas might overhaul its teacher evaluations, which now come from 45-minute observations. (Times)
- Newtown, Conn., is still trying to figure out what to do with the site of Sandy Hook Elementary. (WSJ)
- Detroit’s “emergency manager” for its schools is leaving at the end of the year, citing gains. (Free Press)