Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Eva Moskowitz will have tough time running for mayor - NY Daily News

Eva Moskowitz will have tough time running for mayor - NY Daily News:

Charter school big Eva Moskowitz may have to switch parties if she wants to run for mayor




Charter school phenom Eva Moskowitz would have to switch her party registration to run for mayor in 2017 because she is persona non grata to the city Democratic establishment.
Moskowitz has violated orthodoxy by building a non-union network, and attacking Bill de Blasio in bitter tone and terms along the way.
In a Democratic primary, the party’s liberal wing and labor would crush her. Her only hope of knocking off de Blasio requires jumping the Democratic ship.
Then, in a general election, the going would get tough.
Her strengths? She’s driven by missionary zeal. The kids in her schools post undeniably impressive test results. She’d have a message on education that is as focused as Rudy Giuliani had on crime.
De Blasio may be polling well among blacks and Latinos, but he’s struggling mightily among whites.
She can offer herself as a competent executive of a large organization — a selling point to voters who doubt de Blasio’s management chops.
Moskowitz could also command the support of the same wealthy donors who back Success, not to mention Bloombergian school reform offshoot groups, Families for Excellent Schools and Students First.
But that has a downside: In a city that leans really liberal, it’s one thing to be a self-made billionaire and philanthropist. It’s another to be seen as doing the bidding of a super-wealthy cabal of “hedge-fund reformers.”Eva Moskowitz will have tough time running for mayor - NY Daily News:




Stand Up for Public Education in LA’s Superintendent Search Process

Los Angeles Superintendent Search:

Stand Up for Public Education in LA’s Superintendent Search Process




This evening I received an email from my friend and fellow education activist Roberta Eidman. It started like this:
We can’t continue to sit back and watch LAUSD get swallowed up—school by school—by privatizers and charter CEOs. Finally, incompetent John Deasy was ousted; interim head Ramon Cortines wants to be out by year end. A search firm has been engaged.
Local education activists pushed long and hard to get the Board to incorporate community input into its criteria. It worked. Recruiters Hazard, Young & Attea released an online surveyfor anyone in the community to complete. It asks several straightforward questions about characteristics and so forth. But the most valuable section is the free form comments at the end.
Inspired, I filled out the survey and wrote the following in the comments section:
“I think the next superintendent should have a lot of experience as a teacher and an administrator. I would not want this person to be a business person or someone who has been trained at the Broad Superintendent Academy.

Education is not a business. It is a public institution which must not be privatized like so many other public institutions, services and resources have been in the neoliberal society we live in today.

I am very concerned about the billionaire- and corporate-funded “education reform” movement embraced by Republicans and Democrats alike. Race to the Top is no better than No Child Left Behind. This has created an emphasis on standardized testing to the detriment of any other type of instruction. This has also led to the proliferation of publicly funded, privately run charter schools that all the meta-analyses show do not perform any better than public schools.
There is nothing wrong with public schools and unionized teachers. In wealthy neighborhoods, the students perform excellently on standardized tests. Poor tests scores are a result of poverty not bad teachers. When kids do not have prenatal care, when they do not have good nutrition, when their parents don’t read to them at night, when they have to walk through gang infested neighborhoods—these factors are what makes it hard for kids to learn and perform well on tests.
I see nothing wrong with certain reforms like breaking up the school district into smaller districts. Often, it is large bureaucracies that create problems. I see nothing wrong with LAUSD affiliated charters, where the teachers are unionized and credentialed. My own son went to one of them. I see nothing wrong with pilot schools.
I do see something wrong with letting billionaires—who can get a 39% tax credit for investing in charter schools in a low income neighborhood thus doubling their money in seven years—have an outsized influence over education policy in this city. I think Eli Broad’s plan to turn Los Angeles Superintendent Search:

Washington State Legislature Inflicts a Triple Whammy on Low Income Students

State Legislature Inflicts a Triple Whammy on Low Income Students:

State Legislature Inflicts a Triple Whammy on Low Income Students






In previous articles, we explained that Washington State is facing a school construction crisis – with a need to build more than $50 billion in new public schools. In this article, we will look at the impact on a particular school district when the State legislature refuses to honor their constitutional obligation to build urgently needed schools. The school district we have chosen is the Highline School District. The impact on these students from the failure of our state legislature to build urgently needed schools has been devastating. We begin with a brief explanation of our State Constitution. 

In 1889, the drafters of our Washington State Constitution understood the importance of education to the future of our economy and the future of our democracy. They therefore made the funding of public schools the “paramount” or most important duty of the State legislature. These same wise people had seen how school districts in other states had turned into a system of “rich schools in rich communities and poor schools in poor communities.” They therefore added a second lesser known clause to our State Constitution calling for a “uniform system of public schools.” In recent Supreme Court rulings, the Court has criticized the legislature not only for failing to comply with the full funding of public schools, but also for relying on local levies – which are unconstitutional precisely because they lead to a system of rich schools that can pass local levies and school construction bonds versus poor school districts that cannot pass local levies and school construction bonds. 

All of which brings us to the subject of Highline High School. Highline High School is located south of Seattle - just 3 miles from Seatac Airport. It opened in 1924. So it is now about 91 years old and in need of replacement. As was reported in the local news lately, Highline High School now suffers from problems with rats, mold and a host of other health problems. It does not comply with the health code or the earthquake code. In the event of a major earthquake, most of its 1,300 students and their teachers would be killed or injured. 

Here is a sign posted on one of the doors at Highline High School:


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Recognizing these problems, the Highline School Board attempted to pass a school construction bond to replace the high school in November 2014. When this was defeated, they put it back on the ballot for February 2015 – when it was defeated for a second time. No one opposed to the school bond argued that the high school was not in need of replacement. Instead, they argued that they could not afford it. This fact is supported by the OSPI Property Tax Report which shows that school related property taxes in the Highline School District more than double school related property taxes in the Seattle School District. ($5.66 per thousand versus $2.55 per thousand). This means that for a $400,000 home, the annual school related property tax in Highline is $2,264 versus only $1,020 in Seattle). This is on top of all the other property taxes that are also higher in the Highline School District. http://www.k12.wa.us/safs/PUB/LEV/1415/2010r.pdf


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The cause of this huge and unfair difference in school related property taxes is that the Highline School District is a “bedroom” community without a lot of commercial property. Therefore, there is much less property to tax in Highline than there is in Seattle. As a consequence, the amount of property per student is much less in Highline than in Seattle. To be precise, according to OSPI report 1061, Seattle has a per 
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Paramount Charter School: A Chaotic “Free for All” That Cannot be Immediately Shut Down | deutsch29

Paramount Charter School: A Chaotic “Free for All” That Cannot be Immediately Shut Down | deutsch29:

Paramount Charter School: A Chaotic “Free for All” That Cannot be Immediately Shut Down






In August 2013, the Paramount Charter School submitted an impressive-reading, 344-page application to Broward County Public Schools (Florida). The school is run by an impressively-named nonprofit, The Advancement of Education In Scholars Corporation. The document reveals what would surely be a marvel of a school, one expecting to enroll 1,088 students in grades K-6 in its first year and anticipating 1,594 students in grades K through 8 in its fifth year.
Among its promises, the Paramount application included the following:
 Be a college preparatory school that provides an extended day with performing arts and sports and fitness program with enrichment classes along with single sex core classes.
 Provide learning opportunities for all students with an emphasis on low performing students and reading.
 Provide an environment that promotes each student‟s personal and intellectual growth along with a commitment to educational success.
 Educate students uniquely different from a traditional public school and establish bold new innovative ideas to change the way children are educated.
 Provide parents with sufficient information on whether their child is reading at grade level and whether the child gains at least a year‟s worth of learning for every year spent in the charter school.
The School’s education will encourage students to take intellectual risks in an atmosphere that is both challenging and supportive. With the careful guidance of experienced teachers, students will discover their individual passions while learning to value multiple perspectives and work with people who have diverse points of view.
At the School, students will be problem solvers: they will learn to evaluate what they hear, read, or see and in doing so they will take control of the 
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The REAL Accountability Issue: Incompetent Leadership | Creative by Nature

The REAL Accountability Issue: Incompetent Leadership | Creative by Nature:

The REAL Accountability Issue: Incompetent Leadership



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“Effective leaders in education apply strategies of democracy, they listen to and collaborate creatively with the people in their community. They engage and inspire others to take on leadership positions. They include all members of a community in the development of a shared vision and well-designed plan, grounded in research, unique to each school, adapting also to the individual needs of children.” ~Christopher Chase


In December, the U.S. Department of Education’s leadership will be handed over from Arne Duncan to John King, Jr. Most teachers and parents who have suffered under the Duncan administration are not expecting anything to change.
I’m not as pessimistic, I think progress and a radical shift in policy is possible. But it would have to begin with two fundamental changes:
First, President Obama and John King must do something that Sec. Duncan never did, look VERY closely at the actual research on effective education reforms, and see what that tells us.
They will find that a rigorous curriculum, strong leadership, data collection and higher standards are indeed part of the “recipe” of successful schools, and lead to improved academic learning, as can be measured by standardized tests. See: “The Essential Supports for School Improvement” – a landmark research study completed in The REAL Accountability Issue: Incompetent Leadership | Creative by Nature:

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