Sunday, April 6, 2014

NY's Failed Education System and No Fault Pols

Putting Students First is Always Printed on Pols Campaign Lit But Not A Reality Once Elected
Take the teachers union. It makes sure incompetent teachers can’t be fired and blocks kids from attending better-performing non-union charter schools. (Who can forget when City Council members actually read off a teachers-union cue card at a public hearing some years ago?) In Albany, Gov. Cuomo repeatedly bows to union demands — from holding up a tax credit needed for low- and middle-income housing to pushing his $15 minimum wage. The Legislature, too, takes orders from the unions. Just this week, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie asked Cuomo not to back a plan to let city charters use public funds for pre-K without city oversight. Why do pols cede power to the labor bosses? Because the bosses control big blocks of votes — and donate handsomely to the pols’ causes. De Blasio’s Campaign for One New York got $500,000 from 1199. Surely the union expected something in return.* De Blasio should rethink his city schools better test scores victory lap via  * More happy talk on the city’s worst schools (NYP)

No Fault Education Failure, Tefon Pols
Media Does Not Focus On Education Results Mayor Reason Public Does Not Hold Elected Officials Accountable for the City's Education Failure . . .

NY No Bang for the Education Buck 
Media Does Not Ask Why?

90% of Bronx Students Not Ready for College
90 percent of high school students in five Bronx neighborhoods not ready for college-level work, new analysis finds(NYDN) Annenberg Institute for School Reform study shows shocking disparities in city. Findings run contrary to Mayor Bloomberg's claims, reveal students from poor areas struggled regardless of where they went to school. If you're a kid in the South Bronx, you may graduate from high school — but, odds are, you’ll flunk out of college. A stunning 90% or more of high school students in five Bronx neighborhoods are not ready for college-level work by the end of four years of high school, a new analysis finds.

Black & Hispanic pass rates drop in elite high school exams Where is the UFT's Explanation?

Black & Hispanic pass rates drop in elite high school exams(NYP) More black and Hispanic students took the entrance exam to get into the city’s elite high schools this year, but their pass rates were as dismal as ever, officials said Tuesday. Of the 5,096 students accepted by eight specialized schools, just 5  percent were black and 7 percent were Hispanic. Nationally recognized Staten Island Tech won’t have a single black student among its incoming class of 344 freshmen.

Last year, it had five. Even Brooklyn Tech, which Mayor de Blasio’s son, Dante, attends, will welcome just 127 black students and 130 Hispanics among 1,844 in its freshman class of ’14. Of 27,817 students who took the entrance test last October, 46 percent were black or Hispanic. That’s up from 43 percent in 2012. * * Data shows that the racial demographics for incoming students at some New York City specialized schools remained stagnant, prompting Mayor Bill de Blasio to call for increased diversity at schools, The New York Times writes: * At Top City Schools, Lack of Diversity Persists(NYT 2010)

Whose Pre-K Victory? Who Knows What Will Improve Education
Millions Have Been Spent by the Last 3 Mayor to Improve the City's Still Broken Education System

Education Spin Disconnect From Fix
In a memo, Emma Wolfe, de Blasio’s director of intergovernmental affairs, wrote that the money in the state budget for New York City’s prekindergarten wasn’t a victory for any one politician but a victory for children and parents, the Daily News reports * De Blasio’s Victory Lap(YNN) * White House Lauds Mayor de Blasio on pre-k victory - but gets his name wrong(NYDN) * Moskowitz claims victory in letter to Success parents(Capital) * City public schools to add over 4000 new pre-K seats this fall(NYDN) * City to Add Thousands of Public School Seats as Part of Universal Pre-K Initiative (NY1) * The Education of Bill de Blasio (New Yorker)* De Blasio Administration Pushes to Teach Technology to Students in Schools, Adults in Training (NY1)

After Smashing UFT in Albany Election Year Cuomo Throws Them Some Meat 
 Cuomo questions teacher evaluations based on Common Core(NYP) * Gov. Cuomo open to delaying teacher evaluations(NYDN)

Charters and Special-Needs Students
Charter School Refugees(NYT) Some schools in New York City serve more special-needs students than others.

Budget Passes: Pols Spin Credit for A Failed Education System
Will More Money for Pre-K and Charter School Be Any Different Than the Billions Pumped Into Education in the Past 20 Years and Still Most HS Grads Still Can't Read
Tuesday Update
Will Pre-K Improve Education?
Pre-K preten$e(NYP Ed)Now, even those who support pre-K have reason to doubt that the massive, immediate scaling up de Blasio wants is not the best way to ensure results. Cuomo’s  Education Reform Commission, which advocated for pre-K, said it was “critical” for pre-K success that “interventions at every stage are supported by evidence-based benchmarks.” Where are those interventions, what benchmarks?
A Tale of Two Education Perceptions
City’s high school grads at CUNY needing remedial education(NYP) A stunning 77.6 percent of NYC public-high-school graduates who entered CUNY community colleges as freshmen last fall needed remediation in math, reading or writing. The abundance of ill-prepared grads is cited as evidence that city schools have handed out credits like candy to push kids along and out. “The remediation rate is way too high because the Bloomberg administration put graduation over proficiency with an epidemic of online credit recovery and other strategies that shortchanged students,” said Brooklyn College education professor David Bloomfield. “They give press conferences touting the graduation rate, then offload the costs — money, time and effort — onto CUNY and these students.” New York has adopted the Common Core standards, a set of skills kids should learn from kindergarten to 12th grade, to prepare for college. But the Board of Regents says it won’t require college-ready test scores until 2022.* Students’ suicides on the rise, as number of counsellors dips(NYP) * A CUNY professor explains how Common Core closes the gap between high school and college learning: m* Opinion: NYC failed to learn from charter schools (AMNY)* De Blasio’s persuasive case for Universal PreK (Wash Post)

Media Covers the Fight for Control of the Schools Ignores the Effect On Education
Tuesday Update
Charter Lawsuit Filed
Parents sue over de Blasio’s call to shut out Harlem charter(NYP)* Nineteen Harlem charter school parents filed a federal lawsuit against New York City that claims Mayor Bill de Blasio “repeatedly and publicly expressed targeted animosity” toward Eva Moskowitz, which they argue hurt their children, the Daily News reports: 
* “[I]n a signal that officials are feeling confident about likelihood of funding for the program from Albany,” the Daily News reports Mr. de Blasio yesterday “called a meeting of more than a dozen city agencies that will work together on the roll-out of his ambitious universal prekindergarten program.” * More than 50 parents and union activists joined a lawsuit filed by Public Advocate Letitia James and Mark-Viverito to overturn charter school co-locations in city-owned buildings approved last month, the Post writes:

De Blasio, Moskowitz rivalry goes beyond charter schools(NYDN) The two figures share a heated, political rivalry that goes much deeper than the charter school issue they are currently fighting over. She loathes the teachers union, while he views the union as a progressive ally. "She always said she wanted to be mayor," said a source with close ties to City Hall. "He sees her as an ideological antithesis, but also as a rival politically." Moskowitz, 50, a Democrat who did not endorse any candidate in last year's mayoral race, was elected to the City Council in 1999, representing the Upper East Side, two years before de Blasio was elected to represent Park Slope. She was a close ally of then-Council Speaker Gifford Miller and chair of the Council's education committee, a position that de Blasio - a former school board member - coveted, sources recalled. * What's missing from de Blasio's analysis: School quality(NYDN) The mayor and Chancellor Fariña are missing the crucial point that student learning matters most*Tuesday Update Cuomo Says He Doesn’t Want To Micromanage Charter Schools(YNN) * NYC Agencies Brainstorm Implementation Of Universal Full-Day Pre-Kindergarten(NYDN)

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