Posts from October 4th, 2013
October 4, 2013
- A parent who wants to help her zoned school get better receives tips about where to start. (Insideschools)
- New York education officials looked to Kentucky when predicting Common Core test scores. (Capital NY)
- A 50CAN staffer is heading back to work at the New York State School Boards Association. (Eduwonk)
- Arne Duncan had to cancel his “Education Nation” date due to the government shutdown. (Politics K-12)
- A Queens middle school teacher describes realizing that he had gotten through to a student. (Edwize)
- A city teacher advocates for teaching with one’s door open, both literally and figuratively. (Jose Vilson)
- A Florida student was briefly held back after falling one point short of passing a state test. (Answer Sheet)
- A quarter of Detroit students got prizes for showing up on Michigan’s “Count Day.” (Joanne Jacobs)
October 4, 2013
Next week, thousands of parents will flood the Brooklyn Bridge to rally in support of the charter schools that their children attend. It’s an aggressive — and divisive — approach meant to send a message to Democrat and mayoral frontronner Bill de Blasio, who says he wants to slow the growth of charter schools and charge rent to the ones operating in city-owned buildings.
But a smaller group of school leaders and well-heeled charter backers are also taking a quieter approach in a hopeful attempt to seek influence with the Democratic mayoral nominee. Faced with increasing odds that de Blasio will be the next mayor — and the understanding that charter school parents are unlikely to support Republican Joe Lhota — they’re lining his pockets with campaign donations.
Some also attended a fundraiser Thursday to try to influence the likely mayor on education policy, which is being organized in part by Craig Johnson, a former Democratic state senator who now chairs the Democrats for Education Reform political action committee.
“I think it’s an opportunity for us to begin a dialogue around all the issues affecting kids, including universal pre-kindergarten, co-location, and all those issues,” said Ian Rowe, CEO of Public Prep, a network that operates four charter schools in the city. (more…)
October 4, 2013
- The UFT’s PAC didn’t disclose a robocall made during the primaries, raising questions. (GothamSchools)
- A new report finds lower pension costs make charter schools in public space cheaper for the city. (Post)
- The government shutdown forced a Brooklyn after-school program with 35 students to close. (WSJ)
- More educational casualties of the shutdown: the thousands of students in Head Start programs. (HuffPo)
- The rollout of the new teacher evaluation system means more tests at the year’s start. (GothamSchools)
- A prompt on one benchmark assessment focuses on Mayor Michael Bloomberg. (Daily News, CBS NY)
- Shots fired near 140th Street put P.S. 123 and a Success Academy on lockdown yesterday. (DNAInfo)
- Andres Alonso is being considered for the schools chancellor job under Bill de Blasio, the Post reports.
- The co-founder of Reddit is raising money for science and technology projects in schools. (Daily News)
- Bill de Blasio explains his plan B should his pre-kindergarten plan be shot down in Albany. (NY1)
- Parents’ concerns have delayed plans for a new Upper West Side school playground. (DNAInfo)
- Corey Johnson, who won a City Council primary downtown, wants more power for CECs. (Villager)
- More than 260 legal complaints have already been filed against Philadelphia’s schools. (Newsworks)