In a move that the state teacher’s union called a “reset button,” the state Legislature and Gov. Cuomo agreed to delay implementation of Common Core standards as part of teacher evaluations for two years last week — but only for poorly-rated teachers.
“The short-term safety net around evaluation consequences proposed by the governor and legislative leadership should relieve anxiety while preserving a multiple measures evaluation system that includes student performance,” state Education Commissioner John King said in a statement.
The architecture of a city or a neighborhood can be like the rings of a tree to the trained eye.
A close examination can uncover history preserved in wood and stone like an insect trapped in amber.
Steve Kerr may turn out to be a terrific NBA head coach but I am wondering why he became the flavor of the month just because Knicks President Phil Jackson wanted him as his team’s next head coach. Although Kerr enjoyed a good career as a player in the NBA he was never a head coach in the league, though he was in charge of basketball operations for the Phoenix Suns from 2007 through 2010. They made the playoffs twice in that time and had a winning record for his entire tenure.
Kerr spurned the Knicks last week as he decided to sign with the Golden State Warriors. Jackson must have known that Kerr would have ambivalent feelings about working in New York for reasons that had nothing to do with Madison Square Garden CEO James Dolan. Even when he was working for the Suns, Kerr would commute to Phoenix from his home in San Diego. If you have spent any time in that beautiful Southern California city then you would find it hard to fault him. Of course Knicks fans still don’t know if Jackson, who also enjoys the SoCal lifestyle, will be a regular on coast-to-coast red-eye flights.
There has been a great deal of heated debate recently about the place of charter schools in the public education system and how to best pay for making full-day prekindergarten available to every eligible child.
Often lost in the rhetorical bomb throwing and lawsuit filing is this: Adding charter schools and finally making prekindergarten truly universal calls for more school buildings. Lots of them.
What a surprise! Ed Konecnik is in support of charter schools (“Charter schools break the educational monopoly,” Opinion, March 13, multiple editions). I wouldn’t expect anything less than for him to be on the wrong side of yet another issue.
He lauds his 38 years as a teacher as if that gives his opinion more weight. The only thing it proves is that he has opined as a professional for 38 years.
He complains that “the education bureaucracy’s monopoly mandates a one-size-fits-all curriculum requiring everyone to read approved textbooks.” I would think he’d approve since the content of the textbooks used throughout the United States is decided in Texas. That bastion of liberalism.
He continues, “The education monopoly should be charged with ‘intellectual genocide.’” Konecnik should be wary of being accused of plagiarism. Isn’t “Intellectual Genocide” the new promo for Fox News? Or is that the platform for the GOP in the coming elections?
Another note on charter schools: Eva Moskowitz filed suit to bar state Comptroller Thomas Di Napoli from auditing her 22 charter schools, all of which are publicly funded but also receive “private donations.” State Supreme Court Justice Thomas Breslin ruled that DiNapoli did not have the authority to audit any New York charters because the schools are not “technically” units of the state. So let me get this straight, the charters can use space in public schools rent-free and receive funding from the state but are not “technically” units of the state?
Where are the private donations coming from? Anyone who thinks these donations are coming purely from individuals through the goodness of their hearts instead of an eye on future profits is kidding themselves. We already have a “for-profit” prison system. Wait, I think I see the big picture. Perhaps that’s where they want the kids who are unable to attend charter schools to end up. Bingo $$$.
Barely a week into February and already this one has been a doozy.
Two snowstorms have dropped a cumulative total of almost a foot of snow and the borough may get hit twice more.
Learning how to say “Happy New Year” in Chinese could prove more useful than ever, as the wheels are in motion to recognize the Asian Lunar New Year as a legal holiday, meaning schools would be closed.
Nearly a dozen elected officials representing all levels of government were on hand at a press conference on the steps of the Flushing Library last Friday, in a show of growing support for recognizing the cause.
Washington heavyweights were among the more than 400 people on hand on Monday as the Greater New York Inter-Alumni Council of the United Negro College Fund held its 24th annual awards breakfast in honor of the Rev. Martin Luther King.
U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer (D-New York) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York) both were on hand, as was Congressman Gregory Meeks (D-Queens, Nassau).
The Community Education Council in District 27 is opposing a Department of Education plan to rename MS 202 in Ozone Park after a Rockland County man who died at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.
The DOE has announced plans to rename Robert H. Goddard Junior High School after Wells Remy Crowther, a 24-year-old equities trader who worked for Sandler O’Neill & Partners in the World Trade Center. Crowther, who had ambitions to be a New York City firefighter, is believed to have saved at least a dozen lives in the South Tower before he was killed in its collapse.