Posts from July 8th, 2013
July 8, 2013
- Jay Mathews offers a snippet of authentic talk from master teacher Rafe Esquith’s room. (Class Struggle)
- A much-heralded 20-minute expansion of recess in Chicago’s schools faces steep challenges. (Catalyst)
- Democracy Prep Charter High School’s graduation gets the “Talk of the Town” treatment. (New Yorker)
- Marcus Winters of the Manhattan Institute: The next mayor should support charter schools. (City Journal)
- Joel Rose describes the “Teach to One” instructional plan in his New Classrooms model. (EdTech K-12)
- A city private school is offering 50 percent scholarships for students who want to contribute. (Beekman)
- A tech innovator says Bill Gates and Steve Jobs were both right and wrong about education. (Quartz)
- A new novel about a pedophile teacher adds to the tumult about teachers who are bad people. (TIME)
July 8, 2013
Already a lightning rod in the city’s mayoral race, charter school enrollment patterns are getting renewed scrutiny at the state level.
Chancellor Merryl Tisch and her colleagues on the Board of Regents have asked state education officials for months to increase transparency around student attrition data for charter schools. At June’s Board of Regents meeting, Tisch echoed concerns from critics who charge that some charter schools prop up their test scores by encouraging high-need students to enroll elsewhere.
“I would make a list of charter schools that have ushered out 5 [or] 10 percent of their kids in the first six [or] seven weeks,” Tisch said. “Make a list of the ones who are ushering them out right before testing.”
Now, state education officials have announced that they are developing a way to spotlight exactly that issue. A proposed “stability index” would use regularly reported enrollment data to flag suspicious trends, such as high discharge rates at the beginning of the year or right before state testing at the end of the year. (more…)
July 8, 2013
This is the second 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.
In a one-bedroom apartment in the West Bronx where Diamond Walker lives with her younger brother and mother, she talks about how it was sometimes difficult to get her work done. There’s violence on her block, neighbors doing drugs in her hallway, and, with the library an unsafe walk away, nowhere quiet to study.
“It’s just really distracting and sometimes it’s discouraging,” said Walker, who graduated last month from the Bronx Center for Science and Mathematics. “You’re trying to do so much to make it better and it seems like nothing is going the right way.” (more…)
July 8, 2013
- More students dropped out than graduated in 2012 from transfer high schools for at-risk students. (Post)
- New York is using the city as a guinea pig to resolve teacher evaluation scoring issues. (GothamSchools)
- City-EPA emails suggest that PCB cleanup in schools isn’t always done according to rules. (Daily News)
- The New York Times outlines key education policy challenges for Mayor Bloomberg’s successor.
- The Achievement First charter school network is working to cut down on suspensions. (Hartford Courant)
- The principal of East Harlem’s P.S. 102 earned an award nod for pet therapy and more. (Daily News)
- Peripatetic schools chief Paul Vallas has run into troubles over his credentials in Bridgeport, Conn. (WSJ)
- Insurers are telling districts they won’t cover liability if teachers carry guns, as some states allow. (Times)