Accountability

Gov. Cuomo: “Only 38 percent of the students are graduating at class-level, but 99 percent of teachers are doing well.” What’s the Fix?

Last week our new blogger Tina Posterli, a parent on Long Island, described her frustration with New York State’s teacher evaluation system. For those catching up, Gov. Cuomo, the State Legislature, and the Board of Regents originally signed off on an accountability system that would link 50 percent of student outcomes on standardized tests to… Continue reading Gov. Cuomo: “Only 38 percent of the students are graduating at class-level, but 99 percent of teachers are doing well.” What’s the Fix?

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Work Now, Get Paid Later — Maybe: One Teacher’s Woeful Summer Work Experience

I didn’t want to work this summer. I really just wanted to rest from a somewhat stressful school year and revitalize myself in preparation for the academic year ahead. I almost pulled it off, too, but after careful review of my budget post on my daughter’s eighteenth birthday, high school graduation, and prom, I knew… Continue reading Work Now, Get Paid Later — Maybe: One Teacher’s Woeful Summer Work Experience

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Why Do So Many Teachers Work Second Jobs?

It’s summertime and, while teachers need to rest after a long school year, I am gearing up to head back to the classroom to teach summer school. Many of my colleagues and I simply can not afford to be home all summer without earning some extra money. Even if you are not going away for… Continue reading Why Do So Many Teachers Work Second Jobs?

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“Let’s Be Clear: Teachers DO NOT Have Summers Off!”

I’m a regular at George’s Restaurant in Pelham Bay, Bronx. My waiter knows I’m a teacher. “It’s almost time for your vacation. Do you have any plans?,” he asks. “Yes, study, travel, conference attendance, and time for reflection,” I replied. “You’re lucky, you have the summers off,” he confidently states. Responding more reactively than proactively,… Continue reading “Let’s Be Clear: Teachers DO NOT Have Summers Off!”

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The Trickle-Down Effect of Lowering Teacher Standards

“I read that New York teachers don’t have to be literate, anymore. Is that true, Mom?,” my seventh-grader asked last week. He’s recently become determined to “fix all education in America” (I have no idea where a son of mine could have picked up such an interest), and was on the Internet doing research. He’d… Continue reading The Trickle-Down Effect of Lowering Teacher Standards

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Ed Trust Needs To Take Several Seats in the Back of My Classroom!

In response to New York State’s decision to eliminate the Academic Skills Literacy Test for teacher certification,  Education Trust Executive Director Ian Rosenblum stated on Tuesday, “it is deeply disappointing that the Regents and State Education Department are lowering the bar for teacher literacy skills…We should be focusing on ensuring that prospective teachers receive the support… Continue reading Ed Trust Needs To Take Several Seats in the Back of My Classroom!

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Teachers’ Salaries Are The Brunt of the Joke — Except We’re Not Laughing!

“Make sure you contribute to the TDA!,” I hear. “Teachers retire as millionaires!,” I hear.  I listen faithfully and every paycheck a deduction is taken out, set aside for the rainy days of my retirement. I’m pretty confident that when that time comes, the contributions that  I have made to my pension plan will leave… Continue reading Teachers’ Salaries Are The Brunt of the Joke — Except We’re Not Laughing!

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I Was a Teacher and I Was Homeless

“Whether you broke or rich you gotta get this Havin’ money’s not everything, not havin’ it is.”  Kanye West, “Good Life” The World Series is underway and America’s favorite pastime is on my mind (Go Cubs—I always root for the underdog!) In my excitement about the Series, I can’t help but think about how much… Continue reading I Was a Teacher and I Was Homeless