Mr. Walcott’s speech seemed intended to be a rallying cry before a friendly crowd, but the response was muted. While his calls for preserving the authority of principals and eradicating nepotism were met with applause, some principals seemed uninterested in his message...Many principals despise the Tweedies with a passion and are not unhappy to see them go. Do you think principals of NYC public schools are actually happy to see their space given away to charters which get favored treatment? Every principal I know speaks of Tweed with disdain so I am not surprised Walcott didn't receive a rousing response even from these hostages for the day. Word is that Bloomberg relaxed city gun laws to get them there.
NY Times on Walcott speech at May 18 principal conference
Mr. DeVale, an opponent of mayoral control, said he thought Mr. Bloomberg and Mr. Walcott were too authoritarian in their approach. “I sat and listened to a political lecture from an administration I have no interest in,” Mr. DeVale, who is a union representative, said after the speech. ...
NY Times on Walcott speech at May 18 principal conferenceRenel Piton, the principal of Brooklyn Lab School, said he shared Mr. Walcott’s concern
Tuesday: Join us in support of Teachers College graduates who are protesting inside their graduation ceremony
Everyone is encouraged to come out to support this action, and if you live close to 112th and Amsterdam, please consider attending this rally. If you cannot attend, please sign and share these petitions.
PUBLIC SCHOOL PARENTS AND CONCERNED RESIDENTS--ACTION ALERT
Join us in support of Teachers College graduates who are protesting inside their graduation ceremony.
Tisch, Chancellor of Board of Regents, who is the driving force behind high stakes tests in NY state,is scheduled to be a speaker and to receive a medal for distinguished service. She should not receive these honors.
Bring a sign expressing your complaint with Merryl Tisch--
Teachers College Convocation
Tuesday, May 21
St. John the Divine, 112th and Amsterdam
1 train to 110th St.
be there 8:30 a.m.
Graduates entering building to be interviewed by press 8:40
Stand with us! It will take an hour of your time.
- We are against Tisch's policy of high-stakes testing statewide
- They are demoralizing to public school students and teachers
- They are not imposed on private schools, which her children attended and where she taught
- Tisch promotes the proliferation of charter schools instead of quality public schools
Press coverage ends, and ceremony begins, at 9:30.