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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Merryl Tisch Looks To Bring Bob Bennett, James Dawson And Harry Philips Back As "Adjunct Members" Of The Regents Review Committee

Regents Chancellor Tisch has a plan to bring some former Regents back:

Chancellor Emeritus Robert Bennett served as a member of the Board of Regents for 20 years, seven of which he served as Chancellor of the Board. Regent Emeritus James Dawson served on the Board for 22 years and has served frequently as the active Regent on the Regents Review Committee. Regent Emeritus Harry Phillips III served as a Regent for close to 15 years, the last several of which he spent as the chair of the Professional Practice Committee. Their years of experience serving on the Board of Regents and their familiarity with the disciplinary process will greatly enhance the work of the Regents Review Committee.
It is recommended that the Board of Regents appoint Chancellor Emeritus Robert Bennett, Regent Emeritus James Dawson, and Regent Emeritus Harry Phillips III as Adjunct Members of the Regents Review Committee for a term to begin on April 14, 2015 and end on December 31, 2017.

Some reaction:


In a plutocracy, plutocrats get to do what they want.

22 comments:

  1. At least Bennett is gay. He has my support.

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  2. Are fired teachers allowed to return to work as adjuncts? Are shuttered public schools reopened? Are we living in the Land of Make Believe?

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    1. We are living in the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave - where the plutocrats are free to do what they want and you have to be brave to challenge them because they can call the security state down on you.

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    2. Wow. It's, like, 5 in the morning and you guys already made me laugh, though I'm not quite sure I get that first comment above (?) Of course, what's happening to our schools and our kids is terrible. But this blog is great. It's not only informative but at times so well written. I don't know how you do it, really. To teach all day while keeping track of the rolling ball of madness we call government up in Albany and then to actually formulate coherent thoughts to commit to the internet...that's a tall order. Hang in there, RBE and company. You're exactly the kind of people our country needs. In fact, if you read history, more often than not it's people like you who made our country great -not the toadies and flunkies and kiss ups who are willing to grovel at the feet of Tisch and her ilk. They make me feel ILL. You guys inspire me to keep on going.
      -John Ogozalek

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  3. Hahahahahahhahahahaha! So Cuomo got everything he wanted. Now Tisch will. We are pretty F'd. Anything meaningful standing in the way of this?

    Basically every day I am confronted with evidence that, 13 years ago I made the worst decision of my life: becoming a public school teacher in New York State.

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    1. I'm 14 years in and I must say I ask myself often, how much longer can I go?

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    2. Hang in there. I am 34 years in and still sick to my stomach. The only sure thing is that the current tyranny will not last. We all know it. That said, getting through the next couple of years won't be easy. But, we know this isn't going to last.

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  4. Yeah. It's a thing. The insane rhetoric from both sides regarding the profession and how it's like a requirement to be in it for the love of it, etc etc really makes it hard to be up front and clear about it being A JOB that pays the bills and enables a life.

    It's actually a whole other avenue of rhetorical push back that we could give them, but don't as a group. Pointing out the economic impacts of firing teachers to the communities we live in. Where I work up in the Hudson Valley, so many communities have a middle class that is literally built upon teachers. We are the ones keepin our homes up, buying cars, eating out occasionally, etc. the economy really sucks and teachers are one of the last vestiges of a working middle class. Outside of the wildly gentrified areas where there are huge crops of folks moving up from the city to find their more authentic selves, it's TEACHERS who are keeping economies going. Take a ride on any road up here at 6am in October and compare it to August. Roads empty in August.

    Outside of all the jabber about schools ad their role and how they work, in NY State the simple fact is that teachers are one of the few nails keeping the facade of a middle class tacked up in soooo many towns and small cities.

    And Cuomo wants to wiggle that nail out. Idiot. And we as teachers don't want to talk about this economic piece too much because we are afraid to say that we aren't volunteers and go to work to get paid, like every other non-slave on the planet.

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    1. Well said. Bravo. Very very sad, what they have done to our country.
      Seriously, when is the revolution?

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  5. What's next asking John "Common Core is not for my kids" King to come back and mentor those left in NYSED on how to move on to the next gig. There's something in Albany's drinking water which would be rejected by a camel.

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  6. It is beyond time already that this monster Tisch be 1) removed from office and/or 2) have her arrested and taken out in handcuffs!

    Enough is enough.

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    1. In other countries the state police would have stormed the Board of Regents after all of its failures and taken away all of the members. Hooded judges would have presided over show trials lasting about 10 minutes. Before finding each of them guilty and pronouncing sentence.

      Because they live in the USA they are allowed to keep pursuing a harmful agenda and keep trying to ruin public education and the lives of students, parents and teachers.

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    2. For Tisch to bring Alzheimer Bob Bennett back in any role is a sign of her desperation. Either that, or her constant mixing of Xanax and Vodka has totally number Tuschie's brain. Looks like these three are the only folks she can call on to keep fronting her discredited testing agenda. Mark my words--Cuomo has his hand in this somehow.

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    3. This would be like bringing Dick Cheney back to take over our nation's foreign policy. The three have been utter failures as Regents but Tisch cannot find anyone else to stand by her failure. What can be done to remove her now before she does further damage to NY State?

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  7. Last act of a desperate Chancellor. She knows she only has months left so she can thumb her nose at everyone--and blindly continue to undermine public education in NY State. She is an arrogant witch. Folks need to go to Albany with pitchforks in hand to make certain the oligarchs understand that the people of this state are not going to have this agenda forced upon them!

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  8. She'll be around long enough to really make these evals evil, deep, and thorough.

    There will be blood. Ours. Make no mistake.

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  9. The pending evaluation from NYSED/BOR will result in one, of two outcomes. 1) Virtually no change or 2) Large scale dismissals with no replacements.

    They have no idea how to game this mess so that only 5% to 10% of "ineffective" teachers are isolated through their student growth criteria. None. Zilch. Zero.

    From what I'm hearing, assembly members are looking into a repeal of the evaluation plan if it is within their legal purview.

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    1. Repeal? Not happening. Senate would have to go along. Cuomo would have to sign. An override? Forget about it. I do not believe an override has even been tried in years. Why can't the BOR challenge it legally. Yes, the legislature is free to do what it just did. But, the BOR is empowered by the state constitution to establish educational policy. Why can't it formulate its own plan over the next couple of months and pass it? Wouldn't it trump what the legislature just did because it came after the Assembly/Senate acted?

      Think NYC term limits. They were enacted by voters through two referendums. NYC Council passed a local law overriding the referendums. The courts said if the public wants to get the term limits back, it can do so through another referendum. In other words, the last action by either the City Council or the voters counts. Why not the same with the BOR? Why can't we get one of the Regents to push this?

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  10. How bout the new Deputy Chancellor? Never a principal. Wait a min, NEVER EVEN A TEACHER!!!!!!!!!! Beautiful country. Where's your post on this guy RBE? Straight from DeBlasio's pal list. Unfreakinreal!!!!

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  11. Newsday is running another pro-testing, anti-opt-out editorial tonight. To be published in tomorrow's paper. Comments are running 99.99% against the paper. Seems as if more and more people are onto this testing nonsense.

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