Friday, October 29, 2010
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
- President Obama's choice of Mr. Duncan to head the Department of Education is disappointing, even more so given Mr. Duncan's record in Chicago and his support for the evaluation of teachers using test scores. Why must we suffer with educational leaders who have spent so little time in the classroom and really don't understand what teaching entails.
Sunday, October 24, 2010
NYC Mayor Bloomberg praises Legislation passed in Colorado ties teacher evaluation to student academic growth
Read more:New York Mayor Bloomberg praises Colorado educational reform - The Denver Posthttp://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_16402491#ixzz13KUGaGuk
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Why all the mystery? Individuals mysteriously appear in a school office what is suppose to be the new building leader. And those serving in leadership positions suddenly disappear nobody knows where they have gone to resurface in another school, central office in city hall or staff development center downtown in the WNED building. Why so much hush-hush, when the public and those working in these buildings once the appointment is made have a right to know?
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
"There is some notion buried in our educational experiments that we still don’t really know how to teach kids, or that there is some silver bullet waiting to be discovered. We do know how, and there isn’t a magical answer."
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
In the results of his three-year groundbreaking study, Matt Springer, a researcher at the National Center on Performance Incentives at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee last month concluded "that opportunities to earn a large financial incentive didn't increase student performance. It didn't change teacher behavior overwhelmingly." And, "teachers who could earn a bonus and teachers who could not delivered the same results. Money made no difference," even though one group of teachers offered incentives of $15,000.
When asked," what evidence is there that putting more money on the table will make teachers better?" Springer responded, "in education we have very little limited evidence of that."
If studies continue to conclude similar findings what happens to the Race to the Top educational initiatives of President Obama the $4.3 billion which includes pay-for-performance?
D.C. Mayor Fenty lost re-election bid voters had enough of mayoral control of schools and Michelle Rhee
Sixteen superintendents in public schools from the east coast to the mid-west and a southern one signed on to an education manifesto on "How to fix our Schools" in the Washington Post newspaper on Sunday, October 10, 2010.
Needless to say, these are all large urban school districts with poor minority children comprising the student enrollment. Obviously this opinion piece regurgitates similar criticism as before.
Teachers and unions are the problem in public education today, and what parents need are options like charter schools and inexperienced teachers at the expense of the veteran teachers whose higher salaries they don't want to pay, as well as, to "de-professionalize" teacher education, bringing in a cadre of young unemployed college graduates with a BA or BS degree they could control and pay lower wages.
U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan with only a BS in Sociology insists upon highly qualified teachers and administrators in the classroom when he lacked the qualifications for the positions he held in education from the Superintendent of the Chicago Public Schools to U.S Secretary of Education.
Here are a few excerpts: "How to Fix Our Schools," opinion piece in Washington Post.
"...the transformative changes needed to truly prepare our kids for the 21st-century global economy simply will not happen unless we first shed some of the entrenched practices that have held back our education system, practices that have long favored adults, not children. These practices are wrong, and they have to end now."
"...for too long, we have let teacher hiring and retention be determined by archaic rules involving seniority and academic credentials. The widespread policy of "last in, first out" (the teacher with the least seniority is the first to go when cuts have to be made) makes it harder to hold on to new, enthusiastic educators and ignores the one thing that should matter most: performance."
"...we have to change the rules to professionalize teaching."
"We also must make charter schools a truly viable option. If all of our neighborhood schools were great, we wouldn't be facing this crisis."
"Until we fix our schools, the gap between the haves and the have-nots will only grow wider and the United States will fall further behind the rest of the industrialized world in education, rendering the American dream a distant, elusive memory."
Octopus credit: DeviantArt
Monday, October 11, 2010
COMPLETE DECISION REPRINTED... Chicago Teachers Union upholds teachers' tenure rights... Judge Coar's decision shows how completely CPS has lost (agai
Chicago Teachers Union upholds teachers' tenure rights... Judge Coar's decision shows how completely CPS has lost (again) in federal court
Friday, October 8, 2010
Thursday, October 7, 2010
District laid-off the attendance teachers in 2005 in a dispute with the Buffalo Teachers Federation over the single health carrier that deprived children of their right to benefit from a free public school education.
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Deputy Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Folasade Oladele agreed to include three attendance teachers in the $42 million federal grant application to the New York State Education Department when talks with union officials in the Buffalo Teachers federation reached an impasse last Friday.
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Friday, October 1, 2010
The teachers composed a list to help the district compete for Race to the Top funds the 2nd time around. While it is a long list, the teachers in the high schools designated as persistently failing asked for the re-reinstatement of Attendance teachers, including attendance support staff, attendance incentive programs, revamped Attendance Policy, and research based data driven attendance models at Lafayette, Bennett, Riverside and South Park High Schools.
In July 2005, the district sent lay-off letters to Attendance Teachers and in August 2005, the Board of Education voted to eliminate them all except for three. Recently one of these teachers retired and the District didn't replace him. So now there are only two Attendance Teachers serving 34,000 students in the Buffalo Public School system while the district high school attendance rates dropped drastically from 2005 to 2010.
Superintendent Williams to present the revised plan to the Buffalo Board of Education in a Special meeting on Friday, but most of them including the superintendent flying out to Baltimore to attend the Council of Urban Board of Education Conference.
Also, math and science teachers laid-off in September?