Posts from September 3rd, 2013
September 3, 2013
- A fifth-year teacher says he’s as nervous as he is every year, despite his past successes. (Mr Foteah)
- The state teachers union panned Cuomo’s comments about “failing schools.” (Politics on the Hudson)
- Louisiana’s new teacher evaluation system yielded more low ratings than other states’. (Teacher Beat)
- Against the claim that new teachers can be excellent, an argument for parenting before teaching. (Slate)
- The case against the case against private schools depends on the existence of suburbs. (Atlantic)
- Petrilli: Sending your child to a bad school is worse than sending him to a private one. (National Review)
- A parent-teacher talk leads to the issue of how schools handle kids who don’t conform. (New Republic)
- A view into how the Common Core is shaking up elementary school math in Louisiana. (Hechinger)
- The NYC Charter School Center’s chief discusses the future of charter schools in the city. (City & State)
- Are you smarter than a high schooler who really knows science? Take a quiz with real questions. (Times)
September 3, 2013
Mayor Bloomberg’s latest effort to reduce the number of students skipping school is a truancy center housed in West Harlem’s Police Athletic League, one of the city’s 20 nonprofit youth development centers.
The center — which will include staff from the Department of Education, the Manhattan district attorney’s office, and the Police Athletic League — will offer Manhattan students services such as academic tutoring, mental health counseling, and school-based mentors.
The center reflects a more coordinated borough-wide approach than the city has used so far to help students stay in school. Since launching the anti-truancy initiative in 2010 amid reports that 20 percent of city students were “chronically absent,” or missed school more than 20 percent of the time, the city has sent letters home to parents, used celebrity wake-up calls, and paired students with in-school mentors to cut down on absenteeism. This year, 22,000 fewer students met the threshold for chronic absenteeism, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said today.
But those initiatives fell short of representing a comprehensive strategy for helping individual students, city officials said today. (more…)
September 3, 2013
“I just find it incredibly arrogant,” Bill Thompson said of the plans while campaigning with the city teachers union this morning in Queens.
Though Bloomberg has just four months left in office, he’s approved or proposed 54 school siting plans that wouldn’t take effect until at least the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year, more than eight months after his administration vacates office. The Panel for Educational Policy, which Bloomberg controls, approved 25 of the plans earlier this year, and the Department of Education on Friday released proposals for another 29 plans that will be voted on next month.
Nearly 900 of the city’s 1700 schools now share space inside buildings as part of an arrangement known as “co-locations.” At least 100 charter schools share space with traditional public schools, which supporters say has helped expand the number of school options that parents have to pick from.
But critics say they pit schools against one another and force them to compete for resources and students.Many proposals, they say, are pushed through with little input — and often despite opposition — from local communities.
Friday’s proposals reignited ire from opponents who see the moves as an overreach of Bloomberg’s authority. (more…)
September 3, 2013
News from New York City:
- Like Mayor Bloomberg, Gov. Cuomo said low-performing schools should be shut down. (Daily News)
- City teachers return today for a new school year filled with many sweeping policy changes. (SchoolBook)
- And city families are flocking to registration centers for last-minute school spots. (GothamSchools)
- The Common Core is changing how teachers in the city and beyond handle math and science. (Times)
- The UFT was the top-spending group in August, laying out $1.5 million on campaigns. (GothamSchools)
- A main job for the new mayor will be negotiating contracts with labor unions, including the UFT. (WSJ)
- Report: Stuy’s ex-principal mishandled cheating. (GothamSchools, Times, NY1, WSJ, Daily News, Post)
- Hunter College’s Jennifer Raab, cited as a possible chancellor, is under fire amid resignations. (Times)
- The New York Post laments the fact that legislators limited public access to teachers’ individual ratings.
- Chancellor Walcott’s pre-departure transition team will tackle big-picture and daily issues. (Daily News)
- The Post calls on the next mayor to allow a charter-style lottery enrollment system for public schools.
- “Sesame Street” has tweaked its focus to include teaching math, science, and problem-solving. (Times)
- New rules require English teens who fail reading and math tests at 16 to continue studying. (Guardian)
- Massachusetts’s high standards and high scores make it an oft-cited example of what’s possible. (Times)
- Schools across the country are increasingly thinking creatively about physical education. (Reuters)
- A federal bid to assess education programs’ effectiveness has produced findings but little impact. (Times)