Posts from Philissa Cramer
December 9, 2013
The mayoral transition:
- Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio says his choice for chancellor probably won’t be named this week. (Politicker)
- Names of likely and less likely choices are swirling as the deadline nears. (GothamSchools, SchoolBook)
- One candidate, Josh Starr, is under fire in Maryland for his handling of abuse allegations there. (Post)
- Another possible candidate, Carmen Farina, could be interested in an interim appointment. (Daily News)
- Chancellor Walcott, who has no post-retirement plans, says his is the “best job in the world.” (Daily News)
- Green Dot’s Steve Barr says de Blasio should use the UFT contract to reach compromise. (Daily News)
- The Daily News says now is the time for de Blasio to back down on his anti-charter school rhetoric.
- The city will name a new high school in Brooklyn after Nelson Mandela. (GothamSchools, Post, NY1)
- The Post says the city’s high graduation rates are misleading because graduates aren’t ready for college.
- Teachers at Wings Academy say discipline is out of control and they no longer feel safe. (NBC NY)
- The Times says schools should make math and science more interesting to boost America’s scores.
- New emails reveal Cathie Black’s own unease at being chancellor. (GothamSchools, NY1, Daily News)
- The family of a student allegedly raped by Lehman High School teacher is suing the city. (Daily News)
- As Chalkbeat Indiana reports, tensions between Indiana’s schools chief and governor are high. (Times)
- The AFT is opposing the merger of two hospital systems because it holds stock in each of them. (WSJ)
- Months into an academic year with many school mergers, Chicago’s long-term prognosis is unclear. (AP)
December 2, 2013
- The Times says Bill de Blasio should diminish seniority benefits for teachers in exchange for raises.
- Most state voters say they back de Blasio’s call to raise top earners’ city taxes to pay for pre-K. (Reuters)
- A Bronx charter school that spends 15 percent of its budget on rent could augur the city’s future. (Times)
- The city’s bid not to require bubble tests in some schools got state approval. (Daily News, GS in Brief)
- More generally, the standardized tests that de Blasio wants to deemphasizes aren’t in his control. (NY1)
- The Daily News says Common Core advocates should pressure de Blasio to support the new standards.
- Citizens of the World Charter School now has just a week to enroll more students or risk closing. (WSJ)
- Ex-city chancellor Rudy Crew is aggressively networking as he heads Medgar Evers College. (Times)
- Across the country, a push is underway to diversify enrollment in Advanced Placement classes. (Times)
- A summer program sends city students on adventures near and far to prepare them for college. (NY1)
- A mother says her son was hurt last month by his teacher at Harlem’s troubled P.S. 194. (Daily News)
- Deaf students at P.S. 347, the American Sign Language and English School, learn music visually. (NY1)
- As we reported earlier this year, New York is among six cities to pool school food buying power. (Times)
- A student who overcame steep odds to thrive in high school recently got help to return to college. (Times)
- In Texas, efforts to boost Latino students’ performance include calming fears of deportation. (Times)
November 26, 2013
“Get rid of Regents tests.” “Higher pay for teachers.” “Increase $ and access for arts education.”
Those are just a few of the hundreds of education suggestions that New Yorkers left for Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio in the last couple of weeks at the Talking Transitions tent, a temporary structure erected in Tribeca to host conversations about the city’s next phase. (more…)
November 21, 2013
- Legislators grilled education officials about student data. (Dem & Chronicle, Times Union, SchoolBook)
- State education chief John King said he would support legislation to penalize data misuse. (Capital NY)
- A top legislator threatened to sue InBloom, the state’s data vendor, for skipping the hearing. (Capital NY)
- A high-profile principal who took over a struggling charter school months ago resigned. (GothamSchools)
- De Blasio’s transition team includes some education names. (GothamSchools, SchoolBook, Capital NY)
- A new study finds that college students learn more when they take frequent tests and quizzes. (Times)
- A national campaign that brings together unions and TFA aims to recruit top students to teach. (Times)
- Two advocates say the teachers union is wrong to protest testing that it kind of agreed to. (Daily News)
- An assistant principal’s lawsuit claims she was demoted for calling 911 at her Brooklyn school. (Post)
November 20, 2013
The committee will advise de Blasio as he crafts policies for his administration, which begins Jan. 1. Its composition signals de Blasio’s priorities now that campaigning has given way to governing — and the names on the list suggest that, on education especially, de Blasio plans to stick with the profile of staunch progressive that he cultivated on the campaign trail.
The committee includes Zakiyah Ansari, the Alliance for Quality Education’s advocacy director and a leading critic of the Bloomberg’s education policies; Cynthia Nixon, an actress who herself has worked with AQE; and Kim Sweet, a special education advocate whose organization has repeatedly sued the city under Bloomberg. All are public school parents. (more…)
November 20, 2013
Jason Griffiths, who left one of the city’s most selective high schools to take over at Harlem Village Academy High School over the summer, is no longer at the charter school, according to a letter sent to families on Tuesday. The school’s academic dean, who came to HVA with Griffiths from Brooklyn Latin School, will take over for now.
Griffiths resigned because of “personal reasons related to his family and his health,” according to the letter sent to families. Griffiths, who became a father this summer, did not respond to requests for comment. The school also did not respond to multiple requests for comment.
Hiring Griffiths was a coup for the school, which boasts some impressive student achievement data and its own East Harlem building but has struggled to maintain enrollment, retain teachers, and keep discipline under control.
Its previous principal, Laurie Warner, resigned in February and the school operated without a leader until Griffiths came on over the summer. An HVA official said earlier this year that she left for personal reasons.
Now, Griffiths’ resignation is a blow that comes at a time when Harlem Village Academies, the network that operates the high school, needs to prove that its struggles are in the past. The network announced this fall that it aspires to open a graduate school to train teachers.
Parents and students outside the school on Wednesday said the latest departure is unsettling. (more…)
November 19, 2013
- A charter school operator is opening a private school in Brooklyn — which locals can’t afford. (DNAInfo)
- A new report concludes what Mayor Bloomberg did: We need better teachers, not more of them. (Atlantic)
- A mom in a non-Common Core state says she still sees dangers in standardization. (Here be Hippogriffs)
- Eva Moskowitz didn’t like that Bill de Blasio used her name to criticize charter schools. (New Yorker)
- See nine depictions of teaching in movies, from “Dead Poets Society” to “School of Rock.” (TakePart)
- A list of the city’s “unofficial mayors” includes a senior at Bushwick School for Social Justice. (Times)
- Chicago actually does relatively well with low-income students. It just has so many of them. (Reader)
- A proposal to improve schools’ internet capacity is not without controversy and road bumps. (Politico)
- An East Harlem art teacher preserves local history while filling a budget-cuts induced void. (City Room)
November 19, 2013
- The board of Beginning With Children Charter School will close the school over contract issues. (Post)
- The city wants state approval to close Fahari Academy Charter School. (GothamSchools, Daily News)
- A top education department official broke city rules by hiring a teacher who was on leave. (Daily News)
- A reporter testing security at city schools was able to walk into 7 of 10 without being stopped. (NBC NY)
- Obama will launch a $100 million contest today to overhaul high schools by replicating P-TECH. (WSJ)
- Class sizes in New York City, rising for the last six years, are now 25 students on average. (Daily News)
- Education policy makers have decided to shorten the amount of time that state tests will take. (Newsday)
- A mother says P.S. 155 in Brooklyn lost track of her son when he left the building Friday. (Daily News)
- A new study found benefits to a high-tech math program pioneered in city schools. (GothamSchools)
- Parents in Albany rallied against the Common Core during a day of national protests. (GothamSchools)
- Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the transition to the new standards has been “problematic.” (Daily News)
- Ed Sec Arne Duncan apologized for labeling Common Core critics as “white suburban moms.” (CNN)
- The New York Post says Duncan’s comment didn’t feel nice but reflected a hard truth that must be said.
- An ex-state teacher of the year says she was just “effective” on her evaluation. (Syracuse Post-Standard)
- A Bronx Catholic school postponed a divisive talk by a priest who opposes same-sex marriage. (Times)
- With two weeks until high-school applications are due, eighth-graders are finishing up. (SchoolBook)
November 18, 2013
- Arne Duncan made waves with a comment white moms opposing the Common Core. (CNN)
- He apologized today for “clumsy phrasing.” But not before many parsed his words. (AP)
- Jose Vilson: That statement deserves outrage for its racialized ‘mansplaining,’ but so do others.
- Alexander Russo: Duncan shouldn’t panic—and test proliferation may be the real issue here.
- Professor Aaron Pallas: Those parents’ resistance isn’t just a reflection of personal interests.
- Many teachers face a difficult dilemma: wanting more leadership, but not a principalship. (Atlantic)
- A retired principal says Bloomberg’s school reforms have encouraged segregation. (Diane Ravitch)
- One billionaire says he’ll be “unrelenting” in pushing his education policy on Bill de Blasio. (Forbes)
- According to this working paper, good early childhood education can improve character. (NBER)
- Students at Bryant High School in Long Island City protested for a new principal. (LIC Journal)
- A Teachers College professor says assisting city students with health services is crucial. (EdNews)
November 18, 2013
- A new statewide poll finds little confidence in state education policy changes. (Syracuse Post-Standard)
- Common Core criticism at public forums has been a test for state education chief John King. (Times)
- Though he has resisted much criticism, King has softly critiqued early-grades bubble tests. (Daily News)
- The city’s 4,000-student Eagle Academy network marks a resurgence for all-boys public schools. (AP)
- New York City is using open data to let developers tackle the high school admissions process. (EdWeek)
- Charter school leaders are planning to work with Bill de Blasio, who has criticized the sector. (Newsday)
- In Chicago, parents held a “neighborhood schools fair” as a counterpoint to choice. (DNAInfo Chicago)
- Black leaders in Buffalo are working together to coordinate school mentoring programs. (Buffalo News)