Mamie Till Mobley

"There was an important mission for me, to shape so many...young minds as a teacher. God took away one child but...(gave) me thousands. And I have been grateful for the blessing." Mamie Till Mobley

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Vote for Maria Rosa, Executive Committee, BTF

Maria Rosa is running for a seat on the Executive Committee of the Buffalo Teachers Federation.  The Election is in May. Please vote for me when the BTF mails a ballot to your home soon.
My credentials to run are the following:

Past delegate chair, delegate,  past delegate to the National  Education Association  Convention for three year period. 
Elected in 2014 to represent Buffalo teachers at the American Federation of Labor Convention in 2016.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Chancellor Merryl Tisch proposal flawed

Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch "...proposal is seriously flawed. First and foremost, none of these teacher evaluation provisions have a research base to show they improve teaching or student learning so we have just upended the system for purely political reasons. 
Second, if the new system is so good, why confine it to poorly performing districts since charters and better 
performing districts (largely the wealthiest for both sectors) also have poorly performing teachers even if their schools in some cases do better; transparency, if this is what this is about, should be required of all. 
Finally, a tiered system of evaluations would forever lock in these misguided policies since legislators from State Evaluation-Free districts would have no incentive to change or eliminate the system on behalf of those districts -- likely with disproportionate numbers of 
students from low-income families -- forced into this scheme by the 
Governor and Regents Chancellor."

Professor David C. Bloomfield

NYSUT Knocks Tisch’s Proposal To Exempt Comments

NYSUT Knocks Tisch’s Proposal To Exempt Comments

“So much of what we talk about is driven by the lowest performing schools, which need to continue to be our very deep focus,” Tisch toldCapital New York. “But what if we started to include in this approach of evaluation our respect for the districts who, for decades, have really done great work? And when I say great work, I mean setting up a rubric by which districts can show that they are worthy of a certain amount of autonomy.” Chancellor Tisch

Whitney Tilson (3rd background)

Whitney Tilson (3rd background)
"Let’s be honest: we need a lot more well-off, well-educated white folks with a personal stake in both charter schools and education reform in general if we’re going to take reform to the next level, both politically and operationally.Whitney Tilson, hedge fund manager and major funding angel for the school privatizing Democrats for Education Reform, thinks there’s not enough rich, educated white folks.( Preaprez) click photo to his blog.

Arne Duncan

Arne Duncan
U.S. Secretary of Education, click photo