Posts from July 19th, 2013
July 19, 2013
- A retired teacher and union activist outlines desired traits for the next chancellor. (Ed in the Apple)
- A funder of local initiatives argues that lenders should be more open to charter schools. (MarketWatch)
- Most states have considered education policy bills written by privatization advocates. (ThinkProgress)
- A techie has developed a new product designed to revitalize schools’ aging computers. (Entrepreneur)
- A roundup of New York City mayoral candidates’ education plans, with a national eye. (District Dossier)
- Channeling E. Browning, Fred Smith asks “How do they loathe us?” about state officials. (Ed Notes)
- A primer on public education by a Michigan teacher has long and short versions. (Answer Sheet)
- With state test scores due out soon, here’s a look back at one family that opted out. (GS in Brief)
- GothamSchools had a slow news week but a big week offline. Congratulations to Elizabeth and to Geoff!
July 19, 2013
Despite attending an academically rigorous and highly regarded Orthodox Jewish high school in Brooklyn, Jack Hidary credits his after-school activities, like computer club, for preparing him for the real world.
“What struck me was that the textbook-heavy message that has been around for so long really needed to be modified if you’re really going to engage students and prepare students for the kind of jobs we have now in our economy,” said the tech entrepreneur who formally launched his mayoral campaign this week after unofficially entering the race a month ago.
Hidary said he would “build on the good work of Mayor Bloomberg,” who he said had laid a foundation for education by fighting for the right to close, open, and change schools. But he said his administration would focus on what happens inside the classroom, by making project-based learning a cornerstone of his education policy. (more…)
July 19, 2013
- The cycle of school closures and openings has been extra fierce in Brooklyn’s District 17. (City Limits)
- A bill to replace No Child Left Behind is on the House floor for the first time but is unlikely to pass. (Times)
- The burden of executing the city’s new teacher evaluation system falls on busy principals. (SchoolBook)
- The UFT is suing the city over its early school space planning. (GothamSchools, NY1, Post, Daily News)
- Students from Democracy Prep’s high school finished a two-week trip to South Africa. (GothamSchools)
- To let its university partner’s keep working in schools, Buffalo will have to pay $7 million. (Buffalo News)
- The judges of the “Hometown Heroes” contest to honor educators are now deliberating. (Daily News)
- Chicago is laying off 2,000 educators, on top of 855 given pink slips last month. (Tribune, Sun-Times)