Posts from June 5th, 2013
June 5, 2013
- A city teacher examines the 40 percent-equals-100 percent teacher evaluations issue. (Gary Rubinstein)
- A parent and self-proclaimed math geek tries to figure out why states want new evaluations. (BaristaNet)
- A researcher found questionable value for student surveys in colleges. (Psych Today via The Brilliant)
- Watch a Bronx chemistry teacher help her students turn liquid into fire (but safely). (PBS Newshour)
- Stand for Children’s CEO: Parent engagement is a weakness, even though it’s good for kids. (Hechinger)
- Prom season is upon the city, and that means some parents are forking over hard cash. (SchoolBook)
- Jose Vilson: It’s that time of year when students suddenly ask about their progress. (Collaborateurs)
- A teacher says the graduate classes she had as a Teaching Fellow were abysmal. (View from The Bronx)
- Cleveland’s new contract with its teachers union includes a differentiated pay plan. (Teacher Beat)
- The music-streaming service Spotify and the DOE are hosting an event for music teachers. (EdSurge)
- A city teacher shared his preparations for making a presentation during tomorrow’s PD day. (B Niche)
June 5, 2013
A day after he berated education officials for underestimating the costs of operating the city’s charter schools, Councilman Stephen Levin took his activism a step further by calling for a moratorium on the opening of any charter schools.
The teachers union and several Democratic candidates for mayor have called for a moratorium on charter school co-locations, and legislation pending in Albany, sponsored by State Sen. Tony Avella, would do something similar.
But Levin’s announcement to block all charter schools from opening goes above and beyond their call. Instead of blocking charter schools from opening inside public school buildings, he would stop the schools from opening in the city at all. He said he intended to introduce a council resolution to impose a moratorium, a measure that is symbolic only. (more…)
June 5, 2013
Student Learning Objectives will count for 20 percent of most teachers’ evaluations next year, and yet many city educators know little about them.
SLOs, a goal-setting tool, were written into the state’s teacher evaluation law in 2010, when legislators first revised it to require student achievement to factor into teachers’ ratings. The tool would be used to generate the state’s portion of each teacher’s student achievement score once districts adopted evaluations that conformed to the new law.
But even as the city has aggressively prepared principals and teachers for overhauled observations, which the law required, officials have barely mentioned SLOs.
“We’ve heard little about SLO’s … and there is still no approved list of options for schools to choose from,” said a person affiliated with a network. “Not knowing is anxiety producing for principals and teachers whose livelihoods may depend on these measures.”
Department of Education officials say it did not make sense to begin trainings until State Education Commissioner John King outlined details of the teacher evaluation plan but now that he has, more information is coming soon. (more…)
June 5, 2013
In January, the Department of Education projected it would spend about $70 million more on per pupil expenditures for the growing charter sector, which will increase from 159 to 183 schools, in the 2013-2014 school year. That figure swelled to $210 million when Mayor Bloomberg proposed his executive budget last month, a gap that caught come city lawmakers by surprise.
“I find it totally outrageous and unacceptable that you could be so far off,” Councilman Stephen Levin said at Tuesday’s education budget hearing with department officials.
The total spending plan proposed for education is $24.9 billion, a 4.5 percent increase that includes $19.8 billion — a 3 percent increase — to pay staff and operate schools, and $4.9 billion — a 10 percent increase — for pension and debt expenses.
City officials said it’s not unusual for there to be a gap in projections between January and May budget forecasts, especially when it comes to charter school expenses. Enrollment for expanding charter schools still aren’t determined and some proposals for new charter schools aren’t finalized, they said.
“At that time, we still don’t know the full extent of how the charters are phasing in,” said Chief Financial Officer Michael Tragale. “That’s why some of the projections were off.” (more…)
June 5, 2013
- The UFT may spend in the “high seven figures” in the mayoral race, a Mulgrew profile reports. (Observer)
- Campaigning in 2001, Bloomberg made headlines when he said he supported prayer in school. (WSJ)
- The latest bill to change No Child Left Behind would keep tests, but add portfolios and flexibility. (Times)
- A proposal to de-zone an upper Manhattan district is meeting resistance from parents. (Daily News)
- Chancellor Walcott sparred with council members at a budget hearing. (GothamSchools, NY1, News)
- The city expects to spend $1 billion on charter schools next year, a 25 percent hike. (GothamSchools)
- About 100 rowdy Brooklyn yeshiva students on spring break were kicked off a plane. (Times, Post, AP)
- StudentsFirst NY’s Glen Weiner chimes in on the city evaluation plan with a ringing endorsement. (Post)
- As usual, John King took questions from reporters. But in a twist, they were students. (GothamSchools)
- A student lit a classmate’s hair on fire during a dispute outside of their school in Brooklyn. (Daily News)
- New Jersey’s education commissioner scratched plans for the state’s first virtual charter schools. (AP)