Kudos to the John Sampson and the NY State Senator for approving a solid charter schools bill by a vote of 45-15. It's an important step forward.
Charter school advocates are looking forward to working with Speaker Silver and the Assembly in the days and weeks ahead, to help charter schools serve more students with transparency and accountability ñ and help win $700 million for all New York public schools.
"As I sat through the hearing waiting to testify, I found myself in an odd position. I've always been a firm believer in oversight, regulation, transparency, and accountability for charter schools. As a charter school authorizer for seven years, I built a regulatory regimen that has been praised nationwide.
"When parents recognize which schools are failing to educate their children, they will demand more effective options for their kids. They won't care whether they are charters, non-charters or some other model. As President Barack Obama has called for, states should eliminate restrictions that limit the growth of excellent charter schools, move forward in improving or restructuring chronically failing schools, and hold all schools accountable for results."
Teachers at KIPP AMP are using their voice to part ways with the UFT. (Not linking yet, due to privacy concerns.)
In happier times, the “union of professionals” called them “a great group of courageous, intelligent educators determined to do the best by their students and their school.”
I have a feeling they still are.
Yesterday's kangaroo court gained a lot of media coverage. Here are some highlights:
They’re among the institutions hoping for a lift on the charter school cap so they open their own public schools. James Merriman explains in this morning’s New York Post.
Appearing on Good Day New York this morning, UFT President Michael Mulgrew was asked about the union’s role in losing $700 million for New York public schools in Race to the Top, Round 1.