SED puts Bronx's PS 64 on its list of "persistently struggling" schools. But DOE says the school is already being phased out. #coordination— Eliza Shapiro (@elizashapiro) July 16, 2015
Ben Chapman nails it with this response:
not the kinda thing that inspires confidence in the state's plans for troubled NYC schools https://t.co/AVk1LbiIqz— Ben Chapman (@NYDNBenChapman) July 16, 2015
Indeed it doesn't.
And yet, NYSED has been given an awful lot of power for a state entity that doesn't seem to know which way is up:
The state Education Department has just put out its list of failing, or what they call struggling and persistently struggling schools under a new program, thanks to legislation passed with the budget in the spring.
The program creates carrots and sticks and sets out the possibility that the poorest performers could in a year’s time end up under outside receivership, that is, they could be taken over by an independent entity, such as a college or even a charter school operator.
There are 144 struggling schools statewide including 20 that are ”persistently struggling.”
The stick includes some potentially harsh measures, although it’s unclear how they will play out. In persistently struggling schools, for example, a superintendent acting as the local or in district receiver could conceivably fire teachers and administrators regardless of tenure. The superintendent also can change curriculum and institute a longer school day and school year.
As for the carrot, a superintendent can increase pay for teachers and administrators. The law includes a $75 million pot of money to be divided up over the next two years to help with the improvement programs.
Most of these schools will get sticks, of course, that goes without saying.
The goal of education reform is to slowly but surely privatize the school system, fire the unionized teachers, and replace schools with non-union charters.
That's what Cuomo devised here with the budget legislation that allows for state receivership of so-called "failing" schools, but as is usual with the incompetents at NYSED, they screw stuff up and threaten to close a school that's already closing.
Nice work, MaryEllen.
Just a couple of days under your tenure at NYSED and you've already picked up from the previous incompetent in Albany.
UPDATE - 5:25 PM: Looks like the stick use is starting:
D.O.E. confirms they will NOT be able to re-hire staffs at all 62 struggling schools designated by state.— Eliza Shapiro (@elizashapiro) July 16, 2015
SECOND UPDATE - JULY 17: 10:55 AM :
From the Capital NY Morning Education Email:
The announcement—some version of which was expected after a deal in the state budget to create a receivership program—means that the de Blasio administration has an extra layer of pressure to turn around the city's struggling schools quickly. Of the 55 schools identified by the state as ‘struggling,’ 44 are Renewal Schools, part of de Blasio's initiative to improve low-performing schools. All the ‘persistently struggling schools’ are Renewal Schools, except for one, P.S. 64 in the Bronx, which is already being phased out and will close by next year.” A spokesperson for the D.O.E. said Thursday that the department has the option of re-hiring staff at all 62 schools, but is still in talks about how that would work. Capital’s Eliza Shapiro [PRO]: http://capi.tl/1gE8sSm
Lots of uncertainty with this receivership plan - which is of course the point.
As I've written over and over, reformers want to destroy public education for fun and profit and the easiest way to get to that goal is to destabilize as much as possible.