As Mark Twain might have put it, everybody talks about tenure reform, but nobody does anything about it. Periodically school reformers issue earnest reports showing that tenure is treated as an entitlement and serves as an obstacle to excellence. Advocates make their voices heard, the teachers’ union waxes indignant, and then nothing happens.
Until now, Read More
The Chief-Leader captures some good vitriol at a recent UFT protest aimed at reversing Mayor Bloomberg’s proposal to lay off thousands of teachers.
Democratic City Councilman James Sanders said “we need to take this surplus” and “make sure we save the teachers.” The surplus, as I and other people have noted, don’t Read More
NYC School’s Deputy Chancellor John White sent this memo to a handful of concerned parties, outlining some amendments to the State Senate bill looking to change teacher seniority rules that is at the heart of the Read More
Clash of the Titans
Despite objections from Bloomberg, the Democrats’ leader in the State Senate, John Sampson, sides with Cuomo:
“We need a fair and objective evaluation system that takes into account the needs of children, parents, and educators. Governor Cuomo’s legislation on teacher seniority meets that goal, and is consistent with the development of evaluation standards Read More
Mayor Bloomberg further distanced himself from Governor Andrew Cuomo today, telling reporters “the length of time that you have worked is irrelevant” to evaluating teachers.
Unnamed Bloomberg aides were quoted in the Daily News saying Cuomo’s legislation to revise teacher seniority rules were a “sham” and, possibly, the created by the teacher’s union. Read More
Mayor Bloomberg has put together a list of schools that will be affected if the city has to lay off more than 4,500 teachers because of state cuts to education. Most of the schools are in poorly served neighborhoods, because that’s where most of the city’s youngest teachers work. If City Hall has to abide Read More
At the Polls
Bloomberg gets one step closer to his goal:
“Today, the New York State Senate passed a landmark proposal that puts the needs of our children first. Putting great teachers in front of every classroom – regardless of how long they have been on the job – is the most important thing a school system can Read More
It seems that city residents like public school teachers, but aren’t particularly fond of the teachers’ unions. An overwhelming 85 percent of New York voters feel that teacher layoffs should be based on merit as opposed to seniority, a recent Quinnipiac University poll found.
Most voters felt that the unions did not improve New York’s educational Read More
New Yorkers have become accustomed to good news from the city’s public schools in recent years. Now, however, there is concern that some of the warm-and-fuzzy headlines about improving test scores and graduation rates were based on some dubious math.
A suspiciously high number of students have received the minimum passing grade on the state’s Read More
“I’m not a gynecologist, but I’ll take a look inside,” read a line on the Facebook page of Chadwin Reynolds, a teacher at Fordham High School for the Arts in the Bronx.
The New York Post reports that Reynolds, who “friended” about a half-dozen female students and wrote creepy comments like, “This is Read More