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I have often wondered why there has never been a study involving teachers who transfer between poorly rated schools and highly rated ones. It would be interesting to have a study that placed a number of teachers from successful schools into failing schools and transferred an equal number of teachers from failing schools into successful schools. What would be the progress of these students?
My students always did very well on the Advanced Placement Language and Composition test; the conclusion one could take from such data was that I was a very successful teacher.
September was Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. The death rate from prostate cancer is 23.0 per 100,000 and from breast cancer 22.6 per 100,000 per year. Very similar statistics and yet the funds allocated for breast cancer research are almost three times the amount allotted for prostate cancer research, and the amount of publicity related to prostate cancer pales compared to the publicity related to breast cancer.
We need more support for public schools, not two school systems, where charter schools siphon resources and space from public schools.
Regarding the most recent anti-tenure lawsuits, the UFT saved due process 46 years ago when we went out on strike for three months. We will save it today when the fight takes place in the court.
Regarding your Linking to Learning column [Sept. 4 issue] on technology-based projects: First, we need people in power who not just understand the potential of technology, but who possess the vision to broadly and purposefully implement it.
Michael Mulgrew is not a bully. Mulgrew is a Staten Island resident who experienced the same grief that all of us went through when we saw the tragic death of Eric Garner.
I reached out to the Peer Intervention Program in August 2013. During the preceding school year, I had experienced difficulties in a new assignment.
I disagree with the proposed changes to the specialized high schools’ admissions process [“Fairer admissions sought for specialized high schools,” June 26].
In response to your article “The destruction of New Orleans’ public school system” [June 26]: Something wicked this way comes.
I’m glad that the UFT took part in the Pride March on June 29.
The decision by the California courts that teacher tenure is unconstitutional will eventually find its way to New York.
Placing alarms on school doors to protect our students isn’t the only solution.
I was happy to read about the proposal to amend admissions policies for specialized high schools. It’s about the person, not a test score.
I attended the First Book event in Far Rockaway on May 31 and was so happy to see so many excited parents and their children waiting on line to get books.
Teachers are blamed for the dysfunction of the education system in America, but have little or no say in the laws and policies that regulate schools.
I was happy to see that there was a rally in support of the Community Learning Schools Initiative on May 21 [see page 7]. When I first started teaching, I was in a community school. It was really good for all involved. It was like the village raising the child. Glad they’re coming back.
Regarding the article “Dual language: A practice whose time is overdue” [New York Teacher, April 17], this form of instruction should start in kindergarten with every child, so that we can be a real nation of bilingual speakers, like in many other countries around the world where people speak two or three or more languages.