New York City has slammed the brakes on a plan to expand a much-heralded Brooklyn elementary school after less than 10% of its first class of third-graders passed state exams last spring....Leo Casey, a former vice president of the United Federation of Teachers who sits on the board of the charter school version:
“There’s nothing that I have found in my visits or in my conversations or anything else that makes me think the school is anything but a very good school.”
Master teachers are paid $125,000 a year to help their less experienced colleagues. But just two students out of a class of 22 passed the state math and reading tests last spring... the New American Academy has captured headlines with its unusual setup of 60 kids in a single classroom...Boy, Leo is the gift that keeps giving. He endorses an outrageous pay scale for "master teachers" like the failed TEP model. And 60 in a class -- OK I know there are 4 teachers - theoretically - so that makes the ratio lower -- still, doesn't that in these times sort of send a wrong message about class size?
But how about Principal Shimon Waronker who has had numerous articles written about him. (I just am too tired to compile them - just google "hype.") Now, I'm not going to express Schadenfreud because some of the concepts I can see being supportive of -- but not in these times of assault on public education.
Read the story here.
And you should read this oldie but goodie: RELATED: MOLLOY: CATHIE OUGHT TO SEE HOW SCHOOL LIFTS SPIRITS