Posts from July 10th, 2013
July 10, 2013
- Teach for America corps members past and present are convening with criticism. (American Prospect)
- Detroit-area residents are angry that a local school tossed historic material about black history. (HuffPo)
- Arne Duncan’s departing chief of staff says it’s still too soon to tell about Race to the Top. (Politics K-12)
- A high-scoring student wonders whether to retake the SAT and ACT and is told, why not. (Insideschools)
- States aren’t the only ones not releasing test questions. Individual teachers do it, too. (Class Struggle)
- New York gets an Education Next nod as among the states that raised their standards most. (GS in Brief)
- A city teacher says she feels like lesson plans are for evaluation now, not for her students. (Miss Rim)
- Parents at Harlem’s P811 protested the city’s decision to shift rooms to Success Academy. (DNAInfo)
July 10, 2013
Private schools would get a promotion in Anthony Weiner’s Department of Education if he’s elected mayor.
A headlining proposal of Weiner’s plan to save Catholic schools would be to elevate the head of the office that administers taxpayer-funded services to non-public schools to a cabinet position, “giving them essentially a seat at the table at the highest realm,” the former congressman said today at a press conference where he unveiled his plans.
Right now, the “Non-Public Schools Unit” is a relatively obscure office within the city’s education department, falling under the Division of Operations. It distributes funds and services to which private schools are legally entitled under state and federal law. These include funding for textbooks and technology, and in-school nurses.
In all, non-public schools, including charter schools, received $260 million for those services last year, according to the city’s Independent Budget Office.
But Weiner said non-public schools aren’t taking full advantage of the funding streams they’re entitled to. To make it easier, Weiner is proposing to digitize the loan process so schools could submit applications online. He said he’d also match the state’s dollars with city money to provide additional technology for non-public schools. (more…)
July 10, 2013
Far more New York City students were offered pathways out of low-performing schools this year under a new policy that gave priority to students who wanted to leave schools that are being closed.
But few students who were eligible to transfer even tried, and most students who did apply were told they must stay at their original school.
Of the 150,000 students eligible for transfers this year under the city’s Public School Choice program, about 10,000 applied to be placed at another school. Of those who applied, about 4,190, or 41 percent, were given offers. Their approval rate was more than twice as high as last year, when only about 16 percent of applicants were offered seats in different schools.
But the proportion of eligible students who applied for transfers fell from 7.7 percent to 6.7 percent, despite the Department of Education’s promise to advertise the transfer option aggressively.
“There’s some deeper thing happening in terms of barriers and people understanding the process and their rights and making the decision to apply,” said Emma Hulse, a community organizer with the New Settlement Parent Action Committee who helped parents fill out transfer applications. (more…)
July 10, 2013
- UFT chief Michael Mulgrew pressured a political consulting firm to drop Eliot Spitzer as a client. (Post)
- A Success Academy school is expanding the same Harlem building for a third time. (DNA Info)
- Foundations threatened to take back instruments if Buffalo schools cuts more music. (Buffalo News)
- Gov. Cuomo’s education commission focused on teacher prep in its return to NYC. (GothamSchools)
- StudentsFirstNY, a Bloomberg ally, is accusing his administration of discrimination. (GothamSchools)
- Two former rabbis at a Jewish high school in Inwood are accused of abusing 19 former students. (Times)
- Charter advocates say campaign rhetoric against the sector isn’t as bad as it sounds. (GothamSchools)
- A foundation is putting up $1 million to open charter schools in Rochester districts. (Dem and Chron)
- A Rockland school board dropped its law firm after a caught-on-tape confrontation. (Journal News)