...let's hope this is not another case of come meet the new boss, same as the old boss... NYC Principal
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Kathy Cashin is a very bright lady. She is also very astute politically. If she is talking about keeping the network structure it probably means that she has heard through the Grapevine that de Blasio is leaning that way. This would be terrible as parent voice has been effectively (and intentionally) eliminated through this structure .... empowered COMMUNITY superintendents in geographic Districts need to be brought back with a proper support staff to address parent concerns at the community level....let's hope this is not another case of come meet the new boss, same as the old boss....Right now there are 3 concerns about de Blasio:
- Support for continuing the networks created not only by Joel Klein but by urban ed deformers all over the nation which allowed the de-coupling of neighborhood schools from each other.
- Will the search for Chancellor be an open process?
- Just how reformy will the new Chancellor be?
As our principal points out, Cashin is a political operative (she comes out of the late former Chancellor Frank Macchiarola machine). And her comment is a sign that DeB will keep the networks.
I will do a separate piece on the hated networks by so many, though principals from some of the higher socio-economic schools were pressured by their network to sign a letter of support over a week ago. [no time to find the link].
I am not against the idea of schools with common goals banding together in a network of sorts but I basically support some kind of district structure where the center of power and choice resides at the school level.
One more thing about Cashin - the UFT wants her given a favorable history - she is the reason the UFT located their charters in East NY. There is a story that she once issued a directive with 60 ways for teachers to staple things to bulletin boards which I think was ridiculed as over-management but the blame was deflected to Tweed.
De Blasio won’t make his top picks for schools chancellor public. (GothamSchools, Daily News)
I'll let RBE at Perdido St School carry the ball on this one:
And so we get the first slimy move post-election by de Blasio:
Bill de Blasio said Tuesday that when he called for a public screening of schools chancellor candidates, his point was merely that the city must avoid a repeat of the Cathie Black debacle.
De Blasio was asked to explain an apparent reversal: He said at a mayoral forum a year ago that schools chancellor candidates must undergo a “serious public screening...We need a chancellor who is presented to the public, not just forced down our throat.”
But Monday, as he mulls his own schools chancellor pick, he said there would be no “beauty contest” where finalists for the job are publicly identified and scrutinized. The change angered some education advocates.
A reporter pressed de Blasio on how a public screening could be possible if the public is not informed of who the candidates are. An irritated-sounding de Blasio replied only: “I’m defining what I was saying then and what I’m saying now.”
He's defining what he was saying then and what he's saying now? What the hell does that mean? That's a slimy way of saying,"Yeah, I said I wanted a public process last year, but now that I'm elected mayor, I don't want one." In short, he's flip-flopped.
Won't be the first flip-flop, but it is not a good sign from Mayor-Elect De Blasio that he is already full of crap a month before he takes office. That last statement has to be read a couple of times to be believed. It's perfectly Clintonesque in its full of shitness..
Well, he did make his bones working for Big Bill back in the day, so I guess he's learned how to parse words from the best of them. As I have said before, de Blasio will have to be watched very, very closely. The kind of flip flop he engaged in yesterday over the chancellor pick process should raise some concern over what else he'll decide to flip flop on after he's sworn in.
If de Blasio reached out to Kaya Henderson for either reason - to interview her for the DOE job or just to ask her advice about something or somebody else - it's another troubling sign. That's a big if, of course. This story could just be one of those "planted" things by some DFER or Eva Moskowitz ally looking to stir things up. Nonetheless, I think it is important to warn de Blaiso publicly that holding Henderson in anything other than contempt for her education record and policies is unacceptable.Kaya Henderson? A Rhee clone. Why doesn't deB consult with Michelle Rhee? Or just make her chancellor?
I've been saying this from before deB's election: If Eva actually has to pay serious rent I will eat my MORE tee-shirt -- with ketchup.
Some links from Gotham Schools: