With Teacher Appreciation Week, Mother’s Day weekend, and National Charter Schools Week all coinciding, the Charter Center is pleased to share this guest blog post by Christina Reyes, founding school leader of Inwood Academy for Leadership Charter School in upper Manhattan.
Joe Nocera, writing in his new column on The New York Times Op-Ed page, accuses the education reform movement of hubris and prescribes reformers a dose of humility as to what reform can and cannot accomplish. I’ll leave to others to point out that the beliefs attributed to the movement are straw men. But given that there is clearly such a perception, a glimpse at how humble most actual reformers are is certainly worthwhile.
Many years ago, I sat at LaGuardia airport with a group of talented school leaders, including David Levin,
The NY Post wrote the book on tabloid headlines. They can’t all be “Headless Body in Topless Bar” but the headline on a charter school article this weekend was the worst I’ve seen: “Charters ënix 23%’ of kids.”
How can I put this? No they don’t.
The headline refers to this graf from reporter Annie Karni:
New York needs vigilant eyes on its school reform efforts, not just when they’re announced but over time when Albany interests can resist and co-opt. The New York Post editorial board fills this watchdog role with relish (and we've had occasion to be thankful for it), but today it bit too hard.
What should be required to graduate from high school in New York? Should we move toward higher graduation standards, a more flexible system, or some combination of both?
The State Education Department wants your opinion to share with the Regents. Take the online survey here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LJTTZ6R
Estimated completion time is 20 - 30 minutes, and the deadline is midnight Friday. That's tonight.