Posts tagged "life support"
November 22, 2013
Facing an incoming mayor who wants to shake up the city school system, a coalition of principals is lobbying to hold on to one Bloomberg policy they say is crucial to running their schools.
A group of 120 school leaders say they’re concerned with Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s campaign pledge to restructure the city’s support networks, which manages school operations around professional development, curriculum and budgeting. De Blasio has said he wants some decision-making authority restored to district superintendents, who oversaw support before Mayor Bloomberg won control of the school system.
The principals said they felt compelled to respond publicly to a chorus of criticism that the networks have received recently.
“Our feeling is that there has been a lot of talk, that people are dissatisfied with networks and the new mayor should eliminate them,” said P.S. 321 Principal Liz Phillips, who is leading the coalition. “But we felt that the voice of a lot of principals who are very satisfied haven’t been heard.” (more…)
February 26, 2013
The UFT Charter School received a two-year lifeline today, thanks in part to a city policy that the teachers union has opposed in the past.
The Department of Education’s proposal to move the school’s struggling middle grades under the same roof as the elementary school next year was an important reason that authorizers voted to renew the school’s charter for two more years, state officials said today. The school now faces an automatic “death penalty” in 2015 if academic performance doesn’t improve.
“I don’t want to have another round of this,” said Joseph Belluck, chairman of SUNY’s Charter Schools Committee. “Now is their time to show they can do this.” (more…)
July 20, 2009
Senators and Bloomberg administration officials met last night and this morning to resuscitate the mayoral control negotiations that collapsed last week.
Democratic conference leader John Sampson and senators Shirley Huntley and Martin Dilan met with advocacy groups and City Hall officials last night to restart negotiations, according to Senator Eric Adams (D-Brooklyn). And early this morning, members of Sampson’s staff met with deputy schools chancellor Christopher Cerf, according to a source close to the discussions. Cerf did not return requests for comment late this afternoon.
“There was a meeting held today with the mayor’s office that we believe went extremely well,” the source said.
“There was no agreement, but they’re moving forward. We’re hopeful that we’ll have something in the upcoming days.”
Sources said that Bloomberg did not attend either of the meetings. A spokesperson for the mayor’s office declined to comment on the negotiations.
Adams said he had “no idea,” whether the school governance fight would be resolved before the Fall. “We’re not scheduled to go back up to Albany until it’s time to deal with the deficit,” he said. “So I don’t know if we’re going to make a special trip.” (more…)