Middle School Suggestions

At a joint appearance on the Upper West Side to recommend improvements to city middle schools, Christine Quinn and Michael Bloomberg announced a push for expanded school days, raises of as much as $10,000 for some teachers, Regents courses in all middle schools by 2010 and clarified disciplinary powers for educators.

UFT president Randi Weingarten said the recommendations could turn around every middle school in the city.

“Let’s make this real,” she said. “Let’s turn around our middle schools.”

Robert Jackson, chairman of the City Council’s Education Committee, made his own comment on the current state of the city’s middle schools. On his way into JHS 100, he said, “What, no air conditioning?”