Posts from July 2nd, 2013
July 2, 2013
- Michelle Rhee’s group, StudentsFirst, tripled its budget to $29 million last year, its second. (Politico)
- But StudentsFirst did not raise anywhere close to the $200 million a year goal it set for itself. (HuffPo)
- A teacher shares a sneak peek of Diane Ravitch’s new book, on “the hoax of privatization.” (Twitter)
- Oklahoma has become the latest state to opt out of the PARCC testing consortium. (Curriculum Matters)
- A teacher questions recent changes in the city’s crediting of science classes. (Chaz’s School Daze)
- Uncommon Schools won the first-ever Broad Prize for charter management organizations. (GS in Brief)
- A leading ambassador for Finland’s schools believes in their excellence but not their scores. (Guardian)
- A city teacher shares the saga of his family’s school search, which ended where it began. (Teach for Us)
- A Dallas teacher wore the same sweater vest in class photos every year for 40 years. (Morning News)
- Our Emma Sokoloff-Rubin on a student play that fills a gap in Brazilian history classes. (Foreign Affairs)
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July 2, 2013
This is one of two video profiles on students who received college scholarships from New Visions for Public Schools this year. Winners, who must attend high schools in the New Visions network, will receive up to $5,000 a year for all four years of college to pay for academic expenses. Read more about the nine other graduating seniors that New Visions honored.
Blanca Melendez used to hate school. Then she watched her sister, then a high school senior, win awards, graduate and go off to Sarah Lawrence College on nearly a full-ride scholarship. (more…)
July 2, 2013
The state should be applauded for its recent investments in prekindergarten and community schools, according to an Alliance for Quality Education report released today.
But the lobbying group said New York still has a lot of work to do when it comes to issues such as expanded learning time, reducing school suspensions, and offering high-quality training for teachers.
In a “college and career readiness report card,” AQE also dinged the state for not reducing the per-pupil funding gap between wealthy and poor school districts, a pet issue for the lobbying group, which frequently partners with the state teachers union.
“Unless there is a substantial change in education policy, these negatives will keep being negatives,” said AQE Executive Director Billy Easton. (more…)
July 2, 2013
After staying silent as mayoral candidates have taken aim at the education policies he engineered, former schools chief Joel Klein is now speaking up to defend the Bloomberg administration’s school policies.
In a speech in Washington, D.C. to charter school supporters this morning, Klein plans to criticize what he calls “a complete lack of courage among most of the candidates” for statements they’ve made during the campaign to replace Mayor Bloomberg, according to a copy of the speech provided to GothamSchools in advance. In the speech, Klein praises the reforms that took place during his eight-year tenure at the Department of Education, listing the growth of charter schools in Harlem as a crowning achievement.
Klein has stayed mum so far on City Hall politics since he abruptly left the department at the end of 2010. He was quickly hired by Rupert Murdoch and now runs NewsCorp’s education technology division, Amplify, from its Brooklyn headquarters in Dumbo not far from his former office at the Tweed Courthouse.
But as Bloomberg’s third term comes to a close, the administration’s legacy, which Klein helped establish, has been under attack. Klein’s most divisive policies, which include closing schools and opening non-union charter schools in their place, have received the most scrutiny from leading Democratic candidates. (more…)
July 2, 2013
- The city is gearing up to propose the first-ever school co-locations for Staten Island. (S.I. Advance)
- Former schools chancellor Joel Klein is weighing in on the mayor’s race. (GothamSchools, WSJ)
- Mayoral hopeful Christine Quinn wants kids’ restaurant meals to follow school nutrition standards. (Post)
- A sleep-away camp for Bronx teens will let them spend time outside and learn to code. (Daily News)
- A state report found only health risks for students who attended toxin-ridden P.S. 51 in the Bronx. (NY1)
- Campbell Brown’s bid against badly behaving teachers continued with a letter to the UFT. (Daily News)
- The head of a Brooklyn Catholic school refused to let the school close, opening summer programs. (NY1)
- But the school, Brooklyn Jesuit Prep, will leave its network, saving money for other schools. (Daily News)
- A California judge ruled that yoga is not religious and thus may be taught in schools. (L.A. Times, Times)