Posts from October 2nd, 2013
October 2, 2013
- The start of junior year means new challenges for a teacher’s high school advisees. (Edwize)
- Yoga, Zumba, and healthy lunches have helped four city schools prevent obesity. (GS in Brief)
- A Washington, D.C. news anchor is being sued for taking money from a charter school. (City Paper)
- High school sports aren’t the flaw in America’s education system, two writers argue. (The Atlantic)
- Here’s video of testimony from Monday’s Community Education Council 15 meeting. (Ed Notes Online)
- A Manhattan Institute fellow on why Diane Ravitch’s civil rights analogy is misplaced. (City Journal)
- As Los Angeles pushes arts education, thousands of instruments sit in need of repairs. (KPCC)
- Researchers and former administrators talk Common Core implementation on the Marc Steiner Show.
- Teachers say they’ve allowed corporate interests to undermine their integrity. (Critical Classrooms)
October 2, 2013
The City Council was host to a fresh round of familiar debates today, as education committee members sparred with Chancellor Dennis Walcott about central Bloomberg-era education policies: school closures and co-locations.
The committee proposed three resolutions, all curtailing aspects of the process that allows the city to change what schools operate in what buildings. One would require school closures or phase-outs to be approved by the local Community Education Council before being voted on by the Panel for Educational Policy, requiring a change in state law and amounting to a reversal of mayoral control. Another resolution calls for a moratorium on school closures and co-locations for a year, something that mayoral frontrunner Bill de Blasio has said he supports. The third calls for additional communication with parents about school closures and co-locations.
The calendar took center stage at the hearing, given the little time Walcott and Mayor Bloomberg have left in office. Councilman Stephen Levin, who called for an even broader moratorium on all charter school openings in June, pushed Walcott about the proposed co-locations that wouldn’t take effect until a new mayor is in office — which he said would put schools and the city “on a collision course.”
“Isn’t it time to leave well enough alone?” Levin asked.
“I am chancellor until December 31 and I have a responsibility to our 1.1 million students,” Walcott responded. (more…)
October 2, 2013
When the next mayor takes office on January 1, one of his first acts will likely be to choose a schools chancellor. His choice will send a strong message and a lasting impression about his vision for education in New York City.
Right now, Democrat Bill de Blasio appears to be the clear favorite in next month’s mayoral election. He hasn’t said anything about whom he’s considering for chancellor, but we know he wants to hire a career educator — and someone who will steer the city’s schools away from the way they’ve been run under Mayor Bloomberg.
Recent history shows that predicting a chancellor is a guessing game for those outside the inner circle: Three of the last four schools chiefs — Harold Levy, Joel Klein, and Cathie Black — were plucked from outside the world of education and came as a surprise to education observers at the time.
Still, as the leadership transition nears, names have started circulating about likely candidates to be de Blasio’s chancellor pick. Chancellor Dennis Walcott, who has stated repeatedly he intends to leave with the administration, seems to have taken himself out of the running.
We’ve sorted through the rumors and political jockeying to handicap several strong contenders. (more…)
October 2, 2013
- The Albany Times Union says Cuomo’s ed commission needs to tackle high per-pupil spending.
- Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch criticized Bill de Blasio’s plan to charge rent to charter schools. (Post)
- A study suggests less nefarious reasons why charters enroll fewer special ed students. (GS, Schoolbook)
- Letitia James is poised to be the next Public Advocate after winning a run-off. (Times, WSJ, News, Post)
- Hearings on the state’s education policies continued in western New York. (Syracuse Post-Standard)
- Students are protesting a budget mistake that could cut AP courses a their high school. (Daily News)
- More than 100 instruments were donated to Bronx schools affected by music program cuts. (Daily News)
- An Arizona court upheld a program that directs money to bank accounts for private school tuition. (Times)
- A Bronx BP staffer was busted for trying to use her position to help her son in school. (GS in Brief)