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On my first day teaching middle school ESL for the DOE, a veteran teacher smirked, “In case you didn’t know, the Department of Education has nothing to do with education!”
If all you have to do is pass the test to be promoted, then why bother doing anything in class the other 177 days of the school year?
This man [“In his element,” March 27] clearly has a passion for what he does.
I read the story on your website about the state budget [“State budget deal hikes school spending while adding protections for charters,” March 31]
I read your story about the teacher who gave her raffle ticket winnings to a student’s family [“A beautiful moment,” March 27].
National Paraprofessionals Appreciation Day took place on April 2. It’s funny how we have a national day, but when I mention my occupation to most people they are clueless.
If the chancellor is sincere [Fariña’s goal: Restore dignity, respect to teaching,” on page 7 of this issue], she’s got her work cut out for her. It’s appalling the way we’re being treated.
With Chancellor Fariña’s announcement that the DOE plans to give us regular assignments, we are finishing our long run as teachers in the ATR pool.
Since our students no longer get things like workbooks, I spend my money on ink, paper, markers, crayons, tape, glue, construction paper, pens and pencils.
As the UFT announcement about losing teachers to the suburbs on March 12 shows, it’s too bad the city doesn’t care about retaining teachers.
The bill introduced in Albany [“Bill seeks 2-year moratorium on using Common Core tests,” March 6] at the very least should be passed.
These commercials accusing Mayor de Blasio of closing a charter school are outrageous.
It makes me proud to see that people are coming out to fight for their children, students and schools alongside Mayor de Blasio, who vetoed nine of 49 pending co-locations on Feb. 27 [see “Harlem school inhabitants agree: Get your own school!” on page 10]. The mayor can’t battle this alone. Equal rights, equal education!
Regarding the March 7 protest outside IS 96 Seth Low [see “‘Blindsided’ at Seth Low” on page 10], where a Success Academy co-location will be going forward: The audacity to use taxpayer money that is earmarked for public services to instead fund private industry — this is deplorable.
When I introduced myself as a New York City teacher to Mayor de Blasio at Sylvia’s on Martin Luther King Day, the first statement he made was, “Thank you for your service.”
I have a problem with the universal pre-K that the mayor is proposing.
Your War on Truth article “The distortion machine” [Feb. 6] is correct, but it was a big mistake referring to Michelle Rhee as a “reformer.” She is an anti-reformer!
I taught math at DeWitt Clinton HS in the Bronx from 2003 to 2006 and then taught in Virginia after moving back to be closer to family. This is my first year as an assistant principal at a high school in Chesapeake, Va.
Letters | February 6, 2014 >>
Instead of taking responsibility, the New Jersey governor did his usual thing.