Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Jersey City schools could gain full local control today | Bob Braun's Ledger

Jersey City schools could gain full local control today | Bob Braun's Ledger:

Jersey City schools could gain full local control today

NJ Education Commissioner David Hespe
NJ Education Commissioner David Hespe


The state Board of Education could return full control over the Jersey City public schools to its local school board today  (Wednesday, Oct. 7)–exactly 26 years and three days after New Jersey officials, citing mismanagement and student failure, took over the state’s second-largest school system.
A member of the state board, speaking anonymously, said the panel would vote on a proposal from state Education Commissioner David Hespe that would return local control, despite the failure of the district to attain adequate progress in improving student performance.
“There is going to be a debate,” said the board member. “There has to be a discussion abut the failure of the state to improve student performance.”
The Jersey City schools were taken over Oct. 4, 1989, by a unanimous vote of the state board. At the time, Saul Cooperman was state education commissioner and Tom Kean was governor–a Republican who pushed the school takeover bill Jersey City schools could gain full local control today | Bob Braun's Ledger:

Peter Cunningham’s $12-Million-Dollar EdPost Cannot Purchase Readers | deutsch29

Peter Cunningham’s $12-Million-Dollar EdPost Cannot Purchase Readers | deutsch29:

Peter Cunningham’s $12-Million-Dollar EdPost Cannot Purchase Readers






On September 03, 2014, I wrote a post about Education Post, a nonprofit set up to pretty much just operate a pro-corporate-reform-promoting blog. Upon start-up, EdPost scraped together $12 million.
Now that’s one expensive blog.
It turns out that billionaire Eli Broad convinced Peter Cunningham, former communications official for (freshly resigned) US Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, to run the cushy, pro-privatization blog operation.
EdPost has been in operation for just over a year, and it seems that Cunningham can’t seem to attract what he cannot purchase:
Readers.
Non-millionaire-blog-operator, Jennifer Berkshire captured news of the origin ofEdPost and some of the Cunningham corporate-reform lament about all of those numerous, non-corporate-reform, non-millionaire education bloggers in a May 2015 interview:
When I was asked to create this organization—it wasn’t my idea; I was initially approached by Broad—it was specifically because a lot of reform leaders felt like they were being piled on and that no one would come to their defense. They said somebody just needs to help right the ship here. There 
Peter Cunningham’s $12-Million-Dollar EdPost Cannot Purchase Readers | deutsch29:

Insights on teacher evaluation in DC | @ THE CHALKFACE

Insights on teacher evaluation in DC | @ THE CHALKFACE:

Insights on teacher evaluation in DC




I know at some point I’ve mentioned DC’s teacher evaluation system, IMPACT. As always, there is a lot being written and researched on the subject, including this recent call from the Network for Public Education to assist with a research project.
Cool beans.
I’m not going to add any redundant critique about IMPACT and, more broadly, teacher evaluation. I am opposition to them in their current forms.
Here’s what I will add, however. The IMPACT system, which strictly grades teacher performance on a highly detailed nine-point rubric, does nothing to foster collaboration or cooperation between teachers. It breeds cutthroat competition.
But how?
In the majority of cases, it’s the little things. Teachers will avoid responsibilities or are reluctant to serve more difficult students because they cannot “afford” the effects on “their IMPACT.” Teachers will consider leaving more difficult schools MID-YEAR and transition elsewhere because they can sense that their IMPACT Insights on teacher evaluation in DC | @ THE CHALKFACE:

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