Posts from July 23rd, 2013
July 23, 2013
- A former spokesman for StudentsFirst sent passive aggressive tweet to Stringer’s flack. (Politicker)
- An AFT report argues K-12 testing is too costly and schools should invest in better tests. (EdWeek)
- A teacher suggested questions for beginning of year student questionnaire. (Fourth Dimension)
- A teacher asked how the state will cut test scores and whether they can be trusted. (Ed In The Apple)
- A blogger writes that “high-stakes” is a misnomer: All tests should have stakes attached. (Eduflack)
- Could K-12 schooling use the same kind of bankruptcy that Detroit is going through? (EdWeek)
- Here’s a rundown of what mayoral candidates say about education policy, similar to ours. (Atlantic)
- A teacher says new evaluations will distract from educating students and is a bad investment. (DOENuts)
- A city parent on the frustration of being waitlisted for a gifted and talented program. (InsideSchools)
- A new study showed principals are more likely to overlook at-risk girls. (Education by the Numbers)
July 23, 2013
Last week, we spoke to Corinne Rello-Anselmi, the deputy chancellor of special education. I asked her about the most important initiatives in special education and she didn’t mention the data system; rather, she talked about the bigger picture of special education in the city.
Here are some of the most interesting takeaways from our conversation.
How her personal experience led to a focus on the importance of inclusion in special education
Rello-Anselmi was appointed deputy chancellor in April 2012 after Laura Rodriguez, the first-ever deputy chancellor for special education, stepped down. It was a critical moment for special education policy in New York City, with reforms to the system just months from rolling out in full.
Rello-Anselmi joined central administration as a seasoned insider working in the field, having worked in city schools for 33 years. She began her teaching career at P.S. 108 in the Bronx as a self-contained special education teacher. Later, she served as principal of the school for ten years. (more…)
July 23, 2013
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights has reopened a discrimination case into the city’s high school admissions policies after dismissing it earlier in the month.
The reversal came after the attorney who filed the legal complaint found that the office failed to follow its own dismissal procedures and argued for the case to be given new life.
The complaint, filed in May by the Education Law Center on behalf of parents and advocacy groups, alleges that African American and Latino students are more likely to end up in high schools with large numbers of high-need students — and less likely to graduate — on account of the city’s admissions policy. It claims that the city knew the policy was discriminatory, citing internal reports that suggested changes should be made to dilute the high-need populations in these schools.
New York’s Office of Civil Rights branch dismissed the complaint on July 8, citing a lack of evidence to support the claim. But the quick dismissal skipped a step in the process by failing to first notify lawyers who filed the complaint to let them know that more information was needed, which is required under OCR’s processing manual.
Wendy Lecker, the ELC lawyer, discovered the discrepancy and raised the issue in a July 17 letter:
I never received any letter or email explaining the information necessary for OCR to proceed, nor any request for such information. Nor was I ever advised that the complaint would be dismissed in 20 days if such information was not received.
On the same day, an OCR official responded to say that the case woud be reopened. (more…)
July 23, 2013
- A school’s summer program is due to lose $2 million in state funding after improvement. (DNA Info)
- In his fight to show he is qualified, Superintendent Paul Vallas has ignited familiar tensions. (Times)
- Randi Weingarten’s message to teachers in her annual speech was that bad ones should leave. (AP)
- Scott Stringer, joining a longshot mayoral candidate, wants to start a public college fund. (Daily News)
- John Liu highlighted special education issues that aren’t part of his special ed audit. (GothamSchools)