Here is how tenure has been weakened
Once upon a time in the West ---
Until UFT crack negotiators manage to overrule courts
Town Hall Meeting
7:00 p.m. ~ February 6, 2007
Tilden High School Auditorium, BrooklynCheck out the site
Leonie Haimson of Class Size Matters reports:
The DOE finally reported the average HS class size data for each school, as well as for each district, borough and citywide late Friday to the City Council; I just received the file this morning – almost two months past the legal deadline as required by the City Charter.
In December 2005, the Council passed legislation requiring that this information be reported twice a year, on Nov. 15 and Feb. 15.
What it reveals, if the data is accurate, is that the average class sizes citywide in HS range from 27.3 (ninth grade English) to 28.9 (10th grade Social science and Science.) High school class sizes are largest on average in SI and
This report also shows that either class sizes have risen dramatically in City schools this year, or that the HS averages as reported in the Mayor’s Management Report have been highly inaccurate – with most years, the city reporting HS instructional class sizes at about 26 (For the latest MMR for FY 06, which reports this figure at 26.2, see http://www.nyc.gov/html/ops/downloads/pdf/_mmr/doe_wi.pdf)
During the current year, there are many schools where the class sizes are ridiculously large – among them, Enterprise, Business and Technology HS in Brooklyn– where 10th and 11th grade English average 43.5-46.5 students per class, and at the Richard Green HS of teaching in Manhattan, where Social studies classes in 10-12th grades average 41.9., 37.5 and 37 students. All these class sizes exceed the contractual limits.
There are also numerous schools on the SINI or failing list where classes are at 30 or larger.
All of these classes are too large to give students a fair chance at success, and are much larger than HS classes in the rest of the state, which average only 20-22, depending on the subject and grade.
It is no wonder that so many of our high schools are failing, and that our four year graduation rates are only 43.5%, according to the state.
The sad fact is that the city has no plans to reduce high school class sizes, even with as much as $5 billion in additional CFE funds – even though our highest court said that NYC students were deprived of their constitutional right to an adequate education because of their excessive class sizes, and that there was “a meaningful correlation between the large classes in City schools and … poor academic achievement and high dropout rates.
http://www.emsc.nysed.gov/irts/pmf/2004-05/2005_Avg-Class-Size.pdf Leonie Haimson
Class Size Matters
NOTE: Leonie attached an Excel spreadsheet with all the data. If you want a copy shoot me an email. Normsco@gmail.com
Union calls for action by its teachers
Members urged to boycott meetings, activities
Article Last Updated: 01/05/2007 09:19:16 PM PST
In its first major job action amid ongoing contract negotiations, Los Angeles Unified's teachers union on Friday called for its 48,000 members to boycott faculty meetings and unpaid after-school activities.
The boycotts are scheduled to begin at Tuesday's faculty meeting, roughly one month before United Teachers Los Angeles has scheduled a strike-authorization vote.
Union officials said the moves will not affect educational programs or children but are designed to step up pressure on the district to lower class size; give teachers, parents and others more control; and give teachers and health and human service professionals a raise.
Teachers union threatens 1-day strike
Seeks progress in contract talks
By Tracy Jan, Globe Staff | January 7, 2007
The Boston Teachers Union yesterday threatened a one-day strike as early as Feb. 15 to protest a lack of progress in contract negotiations.In an e-mail sent to the union's 8,000 members, Union president Richard Stutman said it will hold a meeting on Feb. 14 for teachers and others to consider a strike the following day or an alternate day.