Posts from July 17th, 2013
July 17, 2013
- While the city was cultivating “Select Recruits,” it was also leaving ATRs hanging. (Chaz’s School Daze)
- The future of this year’s graduates will decide whether Bloomberg’s school policies worked. (City Limits)
- Stand for Children’s founder tells a story to argue in favor of the Common Core standards. (Hechinger)
- Readers, including former state ed chief David Steiner, respond to an editorial on testing. (Times)
- A perk of going to a charter school: You can leave the city and stay enrolled for free. (Insideschools)
- A lawyer who spent seven years with Teach for America offers sharp criticism of it. (Answer Sheet)
- Kentucky is sanctioning a parenting columnist for practicing psychology without a license. (Law Blog)
- A story of charter-district school co-location causing tensions — in Los Angeles. (Frying Pan News)
- Praise for Rafe Esquith’s new book includes a question about whether we’ll cover it. (NYC Urban Ed)
July 17, 2013
The Bloomberg administration’s efforts to keep school changes moving after it exits office, which have picked up in recent months, are attracting growing resistance from critics who say the city is overstepping.
On Thursday, the teachers union plans to file suit to stop the Department of Education from crafting plans to open, move, or shrink schools after Mayor Bloomberg exits office at the end of the year. Its press advisory says the department is planning to “cement a dozen or more” school space-sharing plans over the next five months, to begin in 2014 or later.
In fact, the Panel for Educational Policy this year has already approved more than that number of co-locations, grade truncations, and new schools to open eight months after Bloomberg’s replacement takes office. Some of the plans that the panel has signed off on include charter school sitings, which tend to elicit the most controversy of any space changes, and a few would not take effect until 2015, nearly two years into the next mayor’s term.
Department of Education spokesman Devon Puglia said the proposals have all been part of the regular planning process. (more…)
July 17, 2013
The Bloomberg administration might not have gotten its way to offer signing bonuses to the city’s most accomplished new teachers, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t sweetening the pot for top candidates entering the classroom.
The Department of Education has brought in about 275 “TeachNYC Select Recruits,” culled from the top 5 percent of the applicant pool coming from traditional teacher preparation programs. That’s on top of about 700 Teaching Fellows who did not earn certification as part of their undergraduate or graduate training, and nearly 4,000 other teachers with less impressive credentials.
The department expects to bring in about 5,000 new teachers total this year, officials said, up from about 3,000 three years ago, when the economic recession seriously crimped school budgets.
“You represent the cream of the crop,” Lauren Kraus, the department’s director of teacher recruitment, told the teachers during a reception Tuesday at Brooklyn Borough Hall that about 100 Select Recruits attended. (more…)
July 17, 2013
- A Bronx four-year old, prepped by mom for gifted testing, did not make the cut. (Hechinger/SchoolBook)
- Bloomberg-esque Jack Hidary plans to kick off his mayoral campaign, which we covered first. (Times)
- Comptroller John Liu issued a report calling for changes to school discipline policy. (GothamSchools)
- P.S./I.S. 41 in Brooklyn got a brand-new outdoor space with help from the Mets and baseball. (NY1)
- The Daily News says state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli is unfairly targeting charter schools for audits.
- Supporters of Martin Van Buren HS rallied against a possible new school in the building. (Daily News)
- The principal of a Brooklyn transfer school who overcame odds herself is up for an award. (Daily News)
- A Catholic high school’s dean is suspended after being arrested for heroin possession. (Daily News)
- The Texas school district that planned to track students with microchips is dropping the plan. (WSJ)