Archives for November, 2014

Nov
24

Chancellor Fariña vs the Charter Schools

NEWS ROUNDUP! Chancellor Fariña is feeling the heat for some remarks she made recently about how charter schools inflate their test scores by pushing some low-performing students out right before they give the tests. Supporters of charter schools are now calling for proof. Read more: Chalkbeat NY Times  Chalkbeat  NY Post  NY Daily News  United […]

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Nov
19

UFT Contract Fight Drags On

Wait, didn’t the city and Union come to terms on a new UFT Contract?? They did. Then what’s this fight about? As we outlined here, there are more retirees than expected. According to the Teachers’ Retirement System, there was a 48 percent increase in retirements by UFT members employed by the DOE at the end of […]

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Nov
17

How can we help you

SCHOOLS ARE NOT BUSINESSES Our schools are inundated with ideas and practices that are borrowed from business in the name of education reform.  These business practices have questionable applicability to schools, and in some cases are just a really poor fit.  After all, you don’t want any reject parts if you are a school, you […]

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Nov
13

Who Teaches Pre K

Mayor DeBlasio said that NYC is going to hire an additional 8000 teachers to teach Pre-K in the coming years. Who are these teachers? Who teaches Pre K? Where do they come from? How do they get certified? We take a look in this video. Sign up for our Email Newsletter For Email Marketing you […]

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Nov
12

UFT Contract Review

We’re taking a look at the new UFT contract. It was much-heralded, when it was passed. How is it going, now? Chalkbeat’s blog did a series on this, that we’re putting together here. It follows three of the main points from the UFT Contract: Raises for Leadership Roles 80 Minutes of PD each Week Parent […]

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Nov
10

4 Terrible Values Taught to Leaders

The Terrible Values This post also describes some work detailed in Senge et al’s Schools That Learn. (pp.414ff)  The author, Charlotte Roberts, draws upon a view of human action that claims we act consistently with 4 basic values Remain in unilateral control Maximize winning and minimize losing Suppress negative feelings Be as rational as possible […]

By John Russo | Administration
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Nov
05

Beware the Quick Fix in Schools

by Jared Gellert I’ve had the pleasure of reading Schools That Learn by Peter Senge et al. over the past month.  My next few blog posts will address ideas raised in the book.  “Shifting the Burden” = How We Solve Problems One core issue in our educational system is our persistent attempt to solve problems […]

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Nov
03

TIME Magazine Bashes Teachers

Randi Weingarten and Michael Mulgrew delivered 100,000+ petitions and letters to Time Magazine “A cover that suggests that teachers need to be smashed is dead wrong,” says AFT President Randi Weingarten. If you missed the coverage of the delivery of our 102,000 petition signatures to Time Magazine on Thursday afternoon, watch the video. The UFT […]

By John Russo | Educational Policy
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