Posts from June 24th, 2013
June 24, 2013
- The woman whose suit opened Stuyvesant High to girls will receive the diploma she never got. (HuffPo)
- A teacher describes going through five stages of grief after learning he would switch grades. (B Niche)
- After reporting from Japan, Lindsey Christ outlines how Japanese schools use time. (ExpandEd Schools)
- The city’s Innovation Zone started two new programs to get schools thinking creatively. (On Innovation)
- A city education official will be a principal in the district that wants tuition-paying students. (Rye Patch)
- A sociology professor says it’s too bad Bloomberg wants to leave an education legacy. (Atlantic Cities)
- P.S. 87 is considering reducing its dual-language program by 80 percent to save money. (DNA Info)
- The city’s experience shows that some students lose out when school choice is uncontrolled. (Alternet)
- Comptroller John Liu, a mayoral candidate, spoke at nine graduation ceremonies today. (City Room)
- Leonie Haimson FOILed for education officials’ performance reviews. None exists. (NYC P.S. Parents)
- A program to teach city students science through rap music held its final session on Friday. (City Room)
June 24, 2013
The city has taken its final step in disciplining a Bronx principal who colleagues and investigators said had played fast and loose with school funds.
William Rodriguez retired from the Celia Cruz Bronx High School of Music on March 8, the same day he told people at the school that he would be stepping down. After a two-year-old inquiry, investigators found that he had billed the city for time he did not work and had a school employee assist him on personal projects.
A spokeswoman told GothamSchools in March that the Department of Education would bar Rodriguez from working in city schools again. She also said the department would deduct the amount that Rodriguez had been overpaid from his final paycheck and benefit payout.
Now, the city’s Conflicts of Interest Board has fined Rodriguez $2,500 for paying an employee to work on his music business using school resources. (more…)
June 24, 2013
The drawn-out scoring process for four Regents exams administered earlier this month will come to an end on Tuesday, nearly a week after the first of the exams were supposed to be graded, according to Department of Education officials.
The department informed principals this afternoon that some teachers might have to report for scoring on Tuesday, the penultimate day of the school year.
“Thank you for your continued support as we approach the completion of Regents exam scoring,” wrote Niket Mull, the head of the department’s Office of Assessment.
Originally, the department had intended for the four exams that are being scored electronically this year — English, global studies, U.S. history, and Living Environment — to be graded by Thursday and entered into the city’s data system by today. But a series of glitches in the process engineered by CTB/McGraw-Hill, the testing company, has repeatedly delayed scoring.
Those glitches continued over the weekend, when the city had recruited teachers to score exams. A department spokeswoman, Erin Hughes, said McGraw-Hill’s scanning of exams over the weekend exceeded the capacity of the company’s server, making weekend scoring less efficient than expected. (more…)
June 24, 2013
A quirk in the city’s complicated school system means that some families are being told that their children must attend a school that the city deemed so low-performing that it should not be allowed to enroll any new students.
In the South Bronx, the Department of Education this year decided to close P.S. 64, a long-struggling elementary school — with some parents’ support. In September, the youngest children at P.S. 64 will begin attending two new schools that are opening in the building, in keeping with the city’s preferred model for phasing out low-performing schools, while older students will stay on until the last ones move on to middle school.
But even though no new kindergarteners will enroll at P.S. 64, some students have been zoned for the school. About two dozen families at P.S. 170, a nearby school that serves children in kindergarten through second grade, have been told that their children are zoned for third grade at P.S. 64.
June 24, 2013
In New York City:
- Ongoing problems with Regents exam scoring continued into the weekend. (GothamSchools, Times)
- Also, educators are worried that the English Regents exam has grown too difficult. (GothamSchools)
- Howard Wolfson: The UFT’s support for Bill Thompson puts city schools on a precipice. (Daily News)
- Michael Mulgrew: The city says its fiscal picture is worse than it is to avoid giving raises. (Daily News)
- As we reported earlier this month, entrepreneur Jack Hidary is considering a mayoral bid. (Times)
- Also as we reported, Stuyvesant High School’s student election results are being contested. (Times)
- In education and other areas, Mayor Bloomberg quieted critics with large personal donations. (Post)
- The city is recruiting dentists to operate oral health clinics in 15 schools starting next year. (Post)
- The city wants more children taking advantage of free summer meals; only a handful do. (Daily News)
- P.S. 54 in Bedford-Stuyvesant has been honored for its broad efforts to reduce child obesity. (NY1)
- A Manhattan teacher is up for a “Hometown Heroes” prize for helping high-need students. (Daily News)
- Campbell Brown found that few educators found to have acted inappropriately were fired. (Daily News)
- Robert Jackson: De-zoning uptown schools would weaken choice and parent engagement. (Daily News)
- The Post says it’s hard to hold ed schools accountable when their graduates’ performance is obscured.
- Colorado ruled that a school district’s bathroom instructions wronged a transgender six-year-old. (Times)
- As more information about students moves online, data security concerns are on the rise. (Times)
- Two more educators were arrested in a teacher certification cheating scandal out of Memphis. (Times)
- An MIT graduate student found that Boston’s charter schools helped very needy students. (Boston Globe)
- Some in Chicago are asking why the city is closing schools but helping a college get a stadium. (Times)
- East Rockaway, L.I., students who were hit hard by Sandy got a fairytale prom thanks to donors. (WSJ)
- Unlike England, Scotland is turning to a system that minimizes the role for national tests. (Times)