Posts from May 9th, 2013
May 9, 2013
- A teacher who is grading state tests says she starts by learning all she can about students. (SchoolBook)
- A P.S. 130 student used a hidden camera to expose the reality of his school’s daily lunch. (City Room)
- A teacher who has gotten useful evaluations and less-than-useful ones compares the two types. (TFER)
- Beware the beautiful infographic: It might well be harder for students to read. (Inside School Research)
- For the second time in a week, Philadelphia students left school to rally against budget cuts. (Notebook)
- After girls from P.S. 75 in the Bronx wrote to Holocaust survivors, they got to meet in person. (City Room)
- P.S. 186 in Brooklyn explains how it used community partners to add time without too much cost. (TASC)
- Before we start extending the school day, it’s useful to figure out how long it is already. (Insideschools)
- A teen with Tourette’s who recorded an audio diary in 1996 is now a city ESL teacher. (NYNow)
- A teacher says she wishes appreciation wouldn’t always include advice to get promoted. (Ms. Speducate)
May 9, 2013
Two years removed from his post as New York State’s schools chief, David Steiner is back in his old office with his old job. But Albany gave Steiner, serving a second stint as dean of Hunter College’s School of Education, a vision for how education policy can and should be shaped.
That vision is coming into fruition today with the formal launch of the CUNY Institute for Education Policy, a nonpartisan think tank that Steiner is directing.
In an exclusive interview, Steiner described his vision for a one-stop shop for policy makers to seek guidance, education leaders to settle disputes, and reporters and members of the public to get the straight story about education policies. Speaking in his corner office at Hunter’s Lenox Hill campus, Steiner spoke carefully about the lessons he learned in Albany during a transformative tenure that included the overhaul of state tests, the adoption of Common Core Standards, and an ultimately successful bid for federal Race to the Top funding. And he shared insights about the craft of teaching and the challenge of being non-partisan in a highly polarized climate. (more…)
May 9, 2013
What David Garcia-Rosen started as a single-column spreadsheet has turned into a 17-page report and a mission to provide more team sports opportunities to New York City students at small high schools. (more…)
May 9, 2013
The Independent Budget Office’s latest suggestion for how to cut costs at the Department of Education is to cut a performance pay program for school administrators that the Bloomberg administration convinced the principals union to accept.
Since 2007, the department has distributed about $6 million a year to principals and assistant principals on the basis of their schools’ progress report scores. Last year, 275 administrators — including some who were under investigation at the time — took home $5.7 million, with individual rewards as high as $25,000, for principals at the top 1 percent of schools. Department officials said today that this year’s bonuses, based on 2011-2012 progress reports, are in the process of being paid out now.
In its annual “Options” report listing ways for the city to save funds and raise revenue, the IBO argues that the performance pay might be better off conserved. The annual report is meant to inform city government officials as they head into their final negotiations before adopting a budget for the 2014 fiscal year. The education department, which takes up about a quarter of the city’s planned spending, was listed in 14 of the 80 suggestions this year.
For each cost-cutting idea, the IBO lists arguments that supporters and opponents might make. For the performance pay idea, the report notes, ”Proponents might argue that the more weight that is placed on the Progress Reports, the more incentive there is for administrators and teachers to ‘teach to the test’ and even to manipulate data. Moreover, the remaining measurement problems in the Progress Reports might imply that the basis for awarding the bonuses is flawed.” (more…)
May 9, 2013
- Candidates the union fought and StudentsFirstNY aided won Buffalo school board seats. (Buffalo News)
- One of the winners was Carl Paladino, the not-politically correct 2010 candidate for governor. (HuffPo)
- A parent lawsuit targets the city’s and state’s slow pace of approving special education judgments. (NY1)
- The Department of Education told schools they must conduct lockdown drills each year. (Daily News)
- In a surprise, the city will clear PCBs from schools faster than planned. (GothamSchools, Times, NY1)
- Mayoral hopefuls critiqued the UFT and committed to educators at a forum. (GothamSchools, City Room)
- Bill Thompson said he would not pick Merryl Tisch, his campaign chair, as chancellor. (GothamSchools)
- The city says it will appeal the legal ruling in favor of Christine Rubino, a teacher it tried to fire. (Times)
- The city and UFT submitted evaluation plans for the state to weigh. (GothamSchools, Daily News, Post)
- A city health department app helps teenagers locate birth control and other services. (Daily News, AP)
- Barnard College is abuzz over changes to an English class’s exam aimed at curbing cheating. (Times)
- Los Angeles’s mayoral candidates say they support making teacher evaluations public. (L.A. Times)
- The College Board canceled the SAT for all of South Korea, a first, due to cheating concerns. (WSJ)