newsclips June 01, 2009
Huge increases in math scores to be announced today – like the ELA scores, pretty unbelievable. Why are there no technical reports on the state tests posted on the SED website for the last two years? Is there political manipulation going on here?
Yoav has an article in the NY Post about how precious school construction capital funds are being freed up for charter schools – all to achieve the administration’s goal of charterizing of the system as quickly as possible.
Editorial in the Wash. Post pro-Mayoral control: “Among the suggested changes, presented under the specious guise of "checks and balances," are proposals for reconfiguring the education panel that replaced the old school board so that it would be able to overrule the mayor and giving broad new powers to local community councils.” Wow- how un-American is the concept of checks and balances.
And in the Daily News: “The varied forces who are fighting to end mayoral control of the schools have united under a rallying cry that City Hall has given short shrift to parents. Moms and dads need to be empowered, they say, never really explaining what in blazes they're talking about.
Far too many are trumpeting all things parental - parental engagement, parental involvement, parental input - as they seek an opening to push their own education agendas by weakening mayoral authority.”
Wow, that parental input is really dangerous, isn’t it? These editors need a lesson in civics. Perhaps democracy is so dangerous it should be banned from all branches of government.
Monday, June 01, 2009
INCREDIBLE SHRINKING RACE GAP AT SCHOOLS
New York Post
There's a significant fact that critics of mayoral control often gloss over: Black and Latino students have delivered the greatest performance gains on the state's math and English exams under City Hall's watch the past six years.
Progress made by minority students considerably reduced the yawning achievement gap with white and Asian students, the data show.
BOOSTS IN MATH ARE ADDING UP
New York Post
City kids' math scores are up again this year -- with many schools delivering double-digit increases in the number of students passing state exams, education insiders told The Post.
While the results of this year's state math exams in third through eighth grades won't officially be made public until 11 a.m. today, several sources said the scores were up considerably compared with last year in the city and statewide.
Math score results to add fuel to school control fire
The state is set to release student math scores today, which are sure to become another political football in the battle over mayoral control of the schools.
Math scores have been climbing steadily since 2002, with major spikes in the past two years in the number of students passing. Critics charged that the increases of 8 and 9 percentage points in pass rates in 2007 and '08 were too good to be true.
END ZONE IN SIGHT
New York Post Editorial
Kids in the city's public schools may be about to catch a break. Big-time.
The signs increasingly suggest that Albany will renew the law that put City Hall in charge of the schools -- thus preserving all the gains made in the system since the law's passage in 2002.
B'KLYN TURNAROUND KIDS A PERFECT 'TEST' CASE
New York Post
Educators don't fret about the racial achievement gap at Gateway IS 364 in Brooklyn -- because they've eliminated it.
"I like to say we're the best-kept secret in Brooklyn," Principal Dale Kelly said of his Starrett City middle school, where enroll ment is 93 percent black and Hispanic.
CHARTERS GET MONEY TO BUILD ON
New York Post
Despite a prohibition on using state funds to build charter schools, the city has quietly expanded available funding for charter school construction to as much as $3.8 billion.
A recent provision in the city's capital construction plan allows charter schools that target overcrowded neighborhoods -- and that demonstrate community support -- to tap into a pool of nearly $4 billion in "new capacity" funds that was previously reserved for traditional public schools.
She Plays With Boys, and Rivals Don’t Like It
New York Times
In the last two years, Hannah Berner has used a rare combination of power and precision to win nearly every high school tennis match she has played. On Sunday, she played her final match for the Beacon High School team, a run made all the more remarkable by the fact that she was competing against boys.
At Beacon, a small magnet school on the Upper West Side where Ms. Berner is the team’s third-ranked singles player, there is no girls’ tennis program. “Not having a girls’ team, this is where you play,” said Bayard Faithful, the team’s coach.
Schools closed due to to swine flu in New York City
Magen David Yeshiva, Brooklyn . Reopening date to be determined.
Yeshiva Tiferes Yisroel, Brooklyn . Reopening date to be determined.
Magnet schools sponsored by cops are getting results with at-risk kids.
The statistics say that 17-year-old Rocio Sazo should have dropped out of school by now. In the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), outside studies show that fewer than half of ninth-graders graduate from high school within four years. Only 16 percent of Hispanics like Sazo, who constitute the majority of students in this vast and sprawling district, graduate having passed the classes needed to apply to one of California ’s public universities. But Sazo is defying those odds, too. She earns top grades, teachers rave about her leadership skills, she says she might become a math teacher, and she has applied to seven colleges. Now, she proudly relates, she is “waiting for acceptances”—acceptances, not decisions.
Sunday, May 31
Supreme Court to Address Meeting the Needs of Special-Education Students
New York Times
In a case with potential financial repercussions for school districts and families alike, the United States Supreme Court will soon decide when public schools must reimburse parents of special-education students for private-school tuition.
The case before the court involves a struggling Oregon high school student, identified in court documents only as T.A., whose parents enrolled him in a $5,200-a-month residential school after he became a heavy marijuana user and ran away from home.
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