Over at the StudentsFirst blog today, I offer my take on where things stand after the recent ruling in the co-location lawsuit filed by the UFT and NAACP:
The question is where do we go from here? School leaders and teachers are focusing on opening their doors in a month's time. But the UFT and NAACP have vowed to continue their court battle.
When charter school critics wax eloquent about traditional school districts, I always wonder (sometimes out loud) when they became enamored of the Department of Education bureaucracy. I know many principals and teachers don’t share that affection.
I sat across the aisle from Clifford Thomas at the PEP meeting yesterday. He looked bone tired. Cliff grew up in the projects, eventually making his way to Harvard. He has now returned to New York to start a public charter school in CSD 19.
I attended a session this morning at the National Charter Schools Conference on whether the charter movement can follow through on its accountability promise of closing low-performing charter schools. It's a critical topic for reasons too obvious to lay out here.
Fact is that too many states (though generally not New York) haven't been closing low-performing charter schools, and it isn't because we are wringing our hands about interfering with parent choice.
In today’s NYT, we read about the mystery of the missing 20 yards from Lehman High School’s football fieldówhich will somehow still be missing even after a nearly $4 million remodel. Where are those missing yards? If you listen to the bureaucrats at the Department of Education and the School Construction Authority, you would be led to believe that the US Army Corps of Engineers owns the land and won’t give it up.
Today, the Daily News ran a story whose headline and lead sentence implied that the decision of the Brooklyn Prospect Charter School to seek space in a privately owned building has resulted in its displacing two day care centers. This couldn't be further from the truth.
Rally News Round-Up:
Today the Board of Regents unanimously appointed John B. King, Jr., commissioner of education in New York State. We applaud the Board of Regents and Chancellor Tisch for making what we believe is a very wise and courageous choice.