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The new teacher evaluations are out, and it comes as no surprise that the reformers are not pleased. Their assumption is that low standardized test scores must mean bad teaching.
I read the Public Education Under Attack article “College debt crisis keeps growing” [Jan. 8]. It is criminal that the U.S. government is making a huge profit off student loan debt.
The last horde of public funds left is the school budget. Private charter schools run for profit can make huge donations to politicians so once again the 1 percent has a windfall.
The article “Keeping calm” [Jan. 8] about PS 45 on Staten Island is fantastic. It’s important for educators to reflect on our relationships with the students. I love that the article highlights not only that we should identify student triggers but also what triggers adults as well.
I have been in MyLibraryNYC since the first year. Teachers just use their library card (educator card provided) to order online what they want (up to 100 books!) and the books are delivered to our school.
In the 1980s, I brought my class of high school equivalency students to the World Trade Center for a New York City Board of Education function. On the way to the subway, to return to our South Bronx site, I spotted Mario Cuomo, accompanied by two taller gentlemen, crossing the lobby about 40 feet away. I mentioned to my students: “There goes Mario Cuomo, the governor of New York State.”
Love this idea. I’ve been a high school teacher for the last nine years. It’s called using good judgment. During
The overemphasis on evaluating teachers with minimal emphasis on helping them will have the unintended consequences of degrading the love and joy of learning that every educator should work to impart to his or her students. When students are tested and teachers are “evaluated” based on the results, education is inevitably reduced to drills or test preparation.
In reference to the story headlined “Leading from the classroom” [Dec. 4], “career ladder” positions for which the teacher receives additional compensation are a slap in the face to those of us who have been teachers assigned on network teams for years. We do the same work for not one extra penny but have been working an extra-long day and year contractually.
I had a thought after reading the article “UFT, special ed advocates call for better reading instruction” [Dec. 4]: Teach kids to read by going back to the basics. How did you learn to read? With a book. Stop investing in fancy reading programs that do what anyone can do. Teach the kids phonics with a mix of sight words.
My condolences go out to the family of Maria Portalatin, the former chapter leader for paraprofessionals. She was a UFT warrior for paras. One of the best — she made noise and was not afraid to speak her mind! Gone but never forgotten.
It should be obvious to everyone that an unexpected increase in retirees last June can only benefit the DOE financially, immediately and in the long run. Most will have to be replaced, but by educators at a much lower salary level, on average.
I'm sure there's some room for negotiation regarding the UFT's call to end tax breaks for absentee co-op and condo owners to cut class sizes to 15. But even if we could lower class size to 20 in kindergarten through 3rd grades, the results would be dramatic.
As a retiree with 20 years of service, I strongly urge all UFT members to contribute as much as you can afford to your TRS retirement program. I returned to teaching after a 23-year absence and retired in 2005. During that time, I maximized my TRS account as best I could while working after school for the Home Instruction Office.
Regarding the Know Your Benefits column about maternity and child care leave: We are one of the only countries that doesn’t give full pay to mothers who have given birth. There are countries where mothers have two years of paid leave to take care of their children!
Klein, believe it or not, just published a memoir about how he fixed the school system, entitled “Lessons of Hope: How to Fix Our Schools.” The reviews on Amazon are obvious plants, praising him as an innovator and true visionary.
So, Joel Klein’s ARIS system has finally been dumped by the new administration. That’s good news for everyone. Most teachers and parents don’t use ARIS, and there is no data to support that the $95 million was useful for anything.
I am the parent of two sons who have successfully grown into self-reliant adults. Both my sons are examples of a successful public school system that works when both the parents and the student want an excellent education and are willing to work for it.
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Retired Teachers Chapter Leader Tom Murphy is at it again with his lies. Obamacare is not effective. Medicare is not in better shape than pre-Obama.
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So there are more than 3,500 classes above the contractual limit [New York Teacher, Oct. 2]. What exactly is the legal hurdle to getting more room to create smaller classes? It’s clear that lower student-to-teacher ratios would equate with a higher success rate. So what’s up? Why does it happen so often?