Posts from July 22nd, 2013
July 22, 2013
- City schools lost out on $15 million for professional development and teacher training. (GS In Brief)
- Weingarten says “it’s not adults versus kids”; it’s adults helping kids. (Wa Post)
- Weiner would encourage the corporate world to continue to be involved in city schools. (Gotham Gazette)
- Pernille Ripp offers advice on how to organize and set up a classroom. (Fourth Dimension)
- Jay Mathews questions why some schools don’t want to send graded exams home. (Wa Po)
- Hiring teachers should happen at the school, not district level, writes an E4E member. (Eduwonk)
- Teach for America alumni settle down in their assigned schools’ communities. (New York Times)
- Joe Williams: Mulgrew’s plan to crown the next mayor is off to a shaky start. (Daily News)
- A consulting group developed a periodic table of the Common Core standards (Burkins & Yaris)
- Georgia won’t use PARCC test in part because it’s too expensive at $29.50 per student. (Ed Week)
July 22, 2013
New York City Comptroller John Liu’s audit into the city’s embattled special education data system, released today, hammered home well-established issues,
Liu took the finding from a city budget report published this spring. But he said that responsibility for the losses lies with the city’s data system,
The data system,
Schools began using the Special Education Student Information System (SESIS) in 2011 to keep better track of students with disabilities. School staff working with special education students are required to log information about all stages of their IEPs, including details about initial assessments, meetings with parents, services provided, and changes made to the plan. (more…)
July 22, 2013
UPDATE (7:30 p.m.): The deadline for the city Department of Education to submit a grant application to the State Education Department came and went with no signature from union president Michael Mulgrew. Read our update here.
The Department of Education has until 5:00 p.m. to get Michael Mulgrew’s signature for a grant application that could bring in as much as $15 million in funding for professional development and other teacher training resources.
Today is the deadline for districts to apply to New York’s Strengthening Teacher and Leader Effectiveness Grants, a $72 million pot of money from the state’s $700 million in Race to the Top winnings. The grants are designed to encourage districts to develop policies to better retain and reward teachers — often through higher pay — who receive top ratings on their evaluations.
Some of the grants were finalized earlier this year, but a second round totals $49 million, 30 percent of which — or $15 million — New York City qualifies for.
Applications require sign-off from the teachers union, but city education officials accused United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew on Sunday afternoon of ambushing the process to secure unrelated job benefits. They said that a final offer was rejected by union leaders on Thursday evening.
“By refusing to sign the grant and inserting unrelated issues at the eleventh hour, the UFT is once again hurting the students and schools of New York City,” Walcott said in a statement on Sunday.
City officials said they already offered some concessions to the union as part of negotiations over the grant, including a request that the proposal allot more money that went directly to schools for professional development. But they said the union also wanted reduced paper work, a persistent gripe that both teachers and principals say have taken away from their ability to focus on instructional practice. (more…)
July 22, 2013
- A (new) dispute between the UFT and City Hall could cost $15 million in grants. (GothamSchools, Post)
- Greewnwich is challenging a state law mandating equal integration in school districts. (Times, WSJ)
- New mayoral entrant Jack Hidary said project-based learning is the future. (GothamSchools)
- Congress’ GOP-controlled Housepassed a version of NCLB giving states more oversight. (Times, WSJ)
- A mother who was involved in a bullying incident at her sons’ Bronx school is suing the city. (Post)
- Once discouraged from college, a principal returned home to deliver the opposite message. (Daily News)
- The state found budgeting errors in a Rockland County school district. (Rockland County Times)
- In Afghanistan, progress on education seem small compared to the outstanding problems. (Times)
- Arne Duncan has had to hew to both sides of the political aisle during his time in office. (WSJ)
- Parents don’t support changes in education policy, according to an AFT-commissioned poll. (WaPo)
- A program supports students tell stories of their neighborhoods through short films. (NY1)