Gotham Schools is reporting on Tuesday that the United Federation of Teachers is about to start broadcasting a new television advertisement aimed at Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.
The 30-second political-style ad says that Mr. Bloomberg "still doesn't get it."
Cathie Black. Fudged education test scores. Closing schools. Parents shut out of the process.
And just last month, Bloomberg said in a perfect world he’d cut the number of teachers in half, doubling class size.
It goes on to say:
Mayor Bloomberg, let’s be honest: If you really want to do right by our kids, you’ll work with teachers and parents and stop playing politics with our schools.
The ad is expected to run until Jan. 30 and will reach 8 million viewers, the U.F.T. told Gotham.
As hearings continue each night at the 25 city schools that have been recommended for closing or shrinkage, closer scrutiny has begun of the 33 schools that are slated to be revamped and reopened this summer.
The New York Post reports that 7 of the 33 struggling schools that Mr. Bloomberg said could be cleared of up to half of their teachers received scores of A or B on their latest progress reports.
The Post says:
That means roughly 260 teachers are slated to be cleared out from schools that were celebrated just last fall for making significant gains.
According to The Post:
A Department of Education spokesman would not explain the agency’s rationale for flagging schools it had rated highly, but noted that they had been labeled “persistently low-achieving” by the state in 2009 or 2010.
He said a more detailed explanation would soon be available in applications to the state Education Department, which administers the federal program.
The seven schools are W.H. Maxwell Career and Technical High School in Brooklyn, which received an A on its progress report; Brooklyn School for Global Studies, B; Cobble Hill School for American Studies in Brooklyn, B; Franklin Delano Roosevelt High School in Brooklyn, B; Harlem Renaissance High School in Manhattan, B; William E. Grady Career and Technical Education High School in Brooklyn, B; and Intermediate School 136 Charles O. Dewey in Brooklyn, B.
The Daily News looks more closely at Maxwell High School, noting that it had improved its graduation rate from about 30 percent in 2005 to 60 percent last year.
According to The News, parents and teachers at Maxwell said they would fight the mayor’s plan.
“If we are a model school . . . why would you close us down and start over?” said teacher and union chapter leader Jeffrey Bernstein.
“We got a D three years ago, a B last year and an A this year.”
Gotham Schools has a more complete roundup of what's in the news this Tuesday in its Rise & Shine post.
The Learning Network on Tuesday is asking students: What Would You Like to Learn on Your Own?, which is related to a lesson plan, "Lifelong Learning: Times Ideas and Resources for Keeping Your Brain Sharp," developed off of a multitude of New York Times articles and multimedia.