Posts from May 8th, 2013
May 8, 2013
- A Texas student was filmed lecturing his teacher about her lazy instructional approach. (Gawker)
- A teacher says she wishes more students would stand up and demand good educations. (Pernille Ripp)
- In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, here’s a compilation of stories about teachers gone bad. (Slate)
- Jose Vilson: Teachers need voice, fair pay, and good working conditions to feel appreciated. (GOOD)
- KIPP’s annual report card on the status of the charter school networks’ 125 schools is out now. (KIPP)
- Here’s a handy summary of what mayoral candidates said at Tuesday’s education forum. (Insideschools)
- An upstate eighth-grader offers details to support his critique of the state’s reading test. (Answer Sheet)
- A judge said the city’s parent council elections should go on during a lawsuit about them. (SchoolBook)
- A minority caucus member offers his take on the UFT’s executive board meeting this week. (ICE UFT)
- In poor countries, private school is the only way for students to be educated, not a privilege. (Fixes)
- David Kirp draws a line between school districts’ cheating scandals and parent rebellions. (Slate)
- Mike Petrilli says the parent trigger is a nice idea that won’t have a lasting effect on schools. (Flypaper)
- Rick Hess rejects the possibility of an “insincere reformer” in a mock interview with one. (Straight Up)
May 8, 2013
A day after 11 students and a teacher were taken to the hospital after a light fixture containing toxic PCBs began emitting smoke at a Harlem school, the city announced that it would speed its timeline for replacing the fixtures in school buildings.
The city did not draw a connection between the incident at P.S. 123 in Harlem and the announcement, nor did it specify how quickly schools would be cleared of the toxic chemicals, which have been the subject of sustained protest, disputes between schools, and at least one lawsuit in recent years.
“The city has determined it can complete light fixture replacement projects in the remaining 645 buildings well before the previously announced timetable of 2021,” said Elizabeth Thomas, a spokeswoman for the city’s law department, in a statement announcing the change. “Due to ongoing mediation, we cannot provide more information at this time.” (more…)
May 8, 2013
State Education Commissioner John King released details of the arbitration process meant to settle a longstanding dispute over teacher evaluations in New York City. The process, outlined in state law, will determine the city’s teacher evaluation system for the next school year.
The first part of the process, pre-hearing arbitration, gets kickstarted as soon as the city and the United Federation of Teachers electronically post separate evaluation plans to the state’s Review Room website, where districts have uploaded their evaluation plans as they complete them. The state wants to see the specific areas under dispute and will review position papers — limited to 20 pages in length — in which each side argues its respective stands.
Those materials are due at 11:59 p.m. today. Both sides say they’ll submit before the deadline, rather than submit a jointly negotiated deal.
The documents won’t be made public. The state has promised confidentiality because the plans are considered “unresolved issues pertaining to ongoing collective bargaining negotiations,” which are protected from public scrutiny. (more…)
May 8, 2013
Bill Thompson squelched any rumors that the latest education heavyweight to back his mayoral campaign could also be his pick to run the school system.
Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch, who is chairing Thompson’s campaign, would not be a good fit to be the next New York City schools chancellor, Thompson said after an education forum in the Bronx Tuesday night.
“I don’t think that Chancellor Tisch is a lifelong educator,” Thompson said. ”I think she’s got a job that she’s more interested in. I don’t think that she has any interest in the New York City job.”
Ever since Tisch announced she would become the Thompson campaign’s top fundraiser and advocate, there have been whispers that Thompson might reward her with the top spot in the education department. By ruling her out as chancellor, Thompson puts those rumors to bed. He also offers more clarity about the qualifications he would look for if he gets to choose the next schools chief. (more…)
May 8, 2013
Mayoral candidates had to dig deep into history to unearth an unpleasant memory about the United Federation of Teachers at a schools forum in the Bronx on Tuesday night.
Asked to recall a time when they disagreed with the UFT, Bill Thompson and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn cited the union’s initial opposition to district centralization nearly 20 years ago.
Thompson at first praised the UFT’s role in the re-centralization, which shifted some hiring responsibilities to the chancellor and required changes to state law. Pressed to name a time that he disagreed with the UFT, Thompson said it was when the union obstructed the same shift.
“The resistance, before that, of the UFT to change the system that existed, to changing from decentralization, was a mistake,” he said. (more…)
May 8, 2013
- A tally of inspections by a labor union finds that many schools are in poor physical shape. (Daily News)
- A Harlem school was evacuated after a light fixture exploded. (NY1, Daily News, DNA Info, SchoolBook)
- Jim Dwyer: The city’s try to keep Cathie Black emails private lasted 10 times longer than she did. (Times)
- The city’s charter sector is waging an ad campaign to boost support for charter schools. (GothamSchools)
- The Daily News says Christine Quinn is wrong to suggest relaxing admissions rules to gifted programs.
- The AFT’s intervention aims to boost McDowell County, W. Va., where previous tries have faltered. (AP)
- California’s efforts to boost diversity in its public universities focus on improving applicants early. (Times)
- Newtown, Conn., remains split about what to do about the school where 20 students were killed. (WSJ)
- Louisiana’s Supreme Court struck down Gov. Bobby Jindal’s school voucher program. (Times-Picayune)