Posts from July 2013
July 31, 2013
- The anxiety of teacher evaluation: what used to work is “wrong”; what to do is vague. (Miss Rimbus)
- How to introduce your teacher to peer mediation: start with the discipline code. (Insideschools)
- A guide to balancing between the need to assess individuals and the power of group work. (ACSD)
- A new radio show will give teachers space to talk about what’s “taboo.” (Charting My Own Course)
- A new resource to help ELL teachers align to Common Core standards. (Learning the Language)
- Three lessons for other states from Indiana’s school grade-changing affair. (EdNews Colorado)
- In an interview with the sympathetic Rick Hess, Tony Bennet makes his defense. (Rick Hess)
July 31, 2013
It represents just 1.5 percent of the city schools budget and often gets left out of education stump speeches, but arts education got the mayoral field’s full attention on Tuesday night at a forum at Teachers College Columbia University.
During a rotation of 12-minute interviews with public radio hosts Kurt Anderson and Leonard Lopate, a slew of candidates were each asked a version of the same question: Will you do a better job in funding arts education?
Arts programs in schools across the country have been the first to get cut as districts faced with economic downturns shifted their priorities toward meeting state standards in reading and math. Under the Bloomberg administration, arts spending has wavered around $300 million, or about $300 per student, a disbursement that each candidate said was not good enough.
While all the candidates said they’d spend more than the current annual totals, none pledged a specific dollar amount.
“It’s always dangerous to pick a number,” said Bill Thompson. (more…)
July 31, 2013
- Parents face a new reality with charter schools in eastern Brooklyn on the rise. (GothamSchools)
- Fledgling teacher training in Mumbai involves finding and enrolling needy students. (Times/IHT)
- A former high school dean is accused of having sex with four students. (NY1, Daily News, Post)
- Access to aid is hard to come by for low-income graduates even from well-endowed colleges. (Times)
- An advocacy group is trying to fundraise for SAT prep and exam fees in a closing school. (News)
- Local officials oppose a plan to add seats to an overcrowded Queens district. (News)
- Arts ed was in the spotlight at a mayoral forum at Teachers College. (Schoolbook, GothamSchools)
- A UFT political committee sent out mailers touting Bill Thompson. (GS, Politicker, Post)
- An upstate district that missed the Jan. 17 eval deadline was surprised to see it lost aid. (Buff News)
July 30, 2013
- In Indiana, the big question is, can accountability systems hold up to pressure? (Indy Star)
- A movement to build STEM facilities in young children — via playing with blocks. (Early Ed Watch)
- Limited congressional support for Race to the Top means the latest grants will be limited. (Eduflak)
- Asking why so many Teach For America teachers get placed in special education classrooms. (NYCPSP)
- The USDOE is using its NCLB waiver policy to influence state teacher evaluation systems. (EdWeek)
- A new book tracks the legacy of the country’s “first black public high school.” (NPR)
- A co-located district and charter school worked together to get their building ready. (GS Tumblr)
- A former NYCDOE spokeswoman, who now represents Anthony Weiner, issued an apology. (Politicker)
July 30, 2013
A political mailer hailing Bill Thompson’s education credentials is being sent out by a new political action committee with some vaguely familiar initials.
The committee, United For The Future, hasn’t yet registered with the city’s campaign finance board and won’t have to do so until next month’s deadline. A spokesman for the United Federation of Teachers declined to comment, but as Politicker points out (among other things), the committee was filed with the state’s Board of Elections last month by Paul Egan, the UFT’s political director.
The UFT has endorsed Thompson and promised to back him with millions of dollars to support his candidacy, including advertising buys.
The glossy, four-page spread, which opens up to a large picture of the former comptroller and four black and white images of city life, is a sign of the surge of ads and direct communications that is expected to flood voters’ televisions, radios, mailboxes and Facebook feeds in the next 43 days before the Democratic and Republican primaries. Much of the spending will come from outside interest groups working independently of candidates. (more…)
July 30, 2013
When Emily Caton decided she wanted to send her daughter to a charter school, she navigated to the New York City Charter Center website, typed in her Brownsville zip code, and watched a stream of nearby schools flood her screen.
Soon, her daughter had offers to attend six different charter schools, all in her area of Brooklyn.
Just a few years ago, Caton’s screen would have shown far fewer local charter school options. But today, after charter schools have flooded the area, neighborhoods in eastern parts of Brooklyn has more school seats and applicants than neighborhoods where charter schools flocked early on, like Harlem and the South Bronx.
This year, Caton is one of 18,000 unique applicants to charter school lotteries in East New York and Brownsville. And the neighborhoods together have more than twice as many charter school seats as Harlem and the South Bronx, according to data provided by the New York City Charter Center.
The growth of charter school options comes even as district school attendance in the neighborhoods has fallen over the past decade — and in recent years, has driven that drop.
There are nearly 3,000 fewer elementary school seats in District 19, which includes most of East New York, than there were in 2003-2004, a 20 percent decrease. Middle school enrollment is down 25 percent over the same period. In the smaller District 23, which includes Brownsville, Ocean Hill, and part of East New York, the district has actually added about 800 middle school seats since 2003, a 30 percent hike, but elementary school enrollment has fallen by 30 percent. (more…)
July 30, 2013
- An education official questioned McGraw-Hill’s contract after weeks of grading snafus. (Schoolbook)
- The city’s once-prominent principal training program is expanding nationally. (GothamSchools)
- Lowry: Calling for a review of some historical work used in Indiana to train teachers is the right call. (Post)
- Buffalo leaders called on Commissioner John King to visit the schools he has criticized. (Buffalo News)
- Indiana looks to become the latest state to withdraw from a standards-align testing group. (EdWeek)
- A Queens teacher headed to jail for raping a student may withdraw his guilty plea. (Post)
July 29, 2013
- Indiana changed its school grading system after finding a prominent charter school would rank low. (AP)
- A Twitter tussle over enrollment data prompted a closer look at Democracy Prep. (Commonal)
- Caroline Kennedy, who once fundraised for the city schools, is new ambassador to Japan. (Times)
- NYC Teachers will be reimbursed up to $57 for personal expenses on classroom supplies. (GS Tumblr)
- A proposal to administer standardized tests not at the end, but the beginning of the school year. (Fong)
- Watch out for a new website that will catalog all the data the U.S. Department of Ed collects. (Politics K12)
- Math teachers: Common Core standards are more rigorous, but training is lax. (Curriculum Matters)
- Three keys to better schools: “a common curriculum, sound lessons, and authentic literacy.” (ACSD)
- 10 lessons for new teachers, from learn the custodian’s name to don’t put discipline first. (Justin Tarte)
July 29, 2013
With its annual class of local principals-to-be shrinking,
Just 28 students graduated from the Academy last year, down from 75 in the 2006-2007 school year, according to city records. Of those, just 19 were initially hired as principals, the records show.
The academy now works with other districts in New York and across the country ,
“We’ve developed into a national organization,” Irma Zardoya, the academy’s CEO since 2011, said in an interview last week.
The organization’s restructuring comes amid a slump in demand from the city’s Department of Education, which has developed its own program in house, and growth in demand outside of the city from districts without an infrastructure to develop leaders. (more…)
July 29, 2013
- Private donations to the city’s school system have surged in Bloomberg’s final year. (WSJ)
- The charter sector’s share of high need students has gone down in recent years. (Daily News)
- NYC is set to receive a new pot of federal funds to improve its low-performing schools. (GothamSchools)
- Rookie and untenured teachers could have protections thanks to the new evaluation plan. (WSJ, NY1)
- Three California schools seized by parents under a controversial state law is set to open. (Politico)
- A winless basketball team for a school run by Tennessee’s juvenile system provides stability. (Times)
- Bail for a teacher accused of rape was more than doubled to $2 million to keep him in custody. (News)