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A Tale of Success In Changing Educational Policy

Over at the Forum for Education and Democracy, Ann Cook and Phyllis Tashlik tell the story of the long but successful struggle of the schools in the New York Performance Standards Consortium to have their waiver from the New York State Education Department extended. That waiver allows these schools to continue to substitute their rigorous system of performance based assessments in Social Studies and Science for the Regents Examinations. Here at the UFT, we are proud of having played a supporting role in that struggle, and thus, in allowing these schools to continue their excellent academic programs.

For all the rhetorical support for small schools that one sees issue forth from Tweed these days, it is interesting to note that Chancellor Joel Klein and the Department of Education intervened in the struggle – AGAINST the schools and their efforts to maintain their waivers. At a critical moment when the state legislature was considering legislation to extend the waiver, Klein had the DOE’s legislative representative send a memorandum to all state legislators declaring that the DOE “strongly opposed” the legislation and the waiver.



  • 1 NYC Educator
    · Sep 27, 2005 at 2:44 pm

    Great post. I couldn’t agree more.

    Too bad the UFT has decided to knuckle under and follow Klein’s lead with their new contract, the “Roadmap to a Sixth Teaching Period.”

    Look to the next innovative UFT-approved contract, with a seven hour day, including six FULL teaching periods, and extra week, a seven hour day, the ability of Klein to send you wherever the hell he feels like, and revocation of tenure.

    Or VOTE NO!

  • 2 NYC Educator
    · Sep 27, 2005 at 3:03 pm

    Oops. I meant AN extra week. Though maybe it could be an extra month.

    By the way, since we’re now starting in August, do we get a sick day for that month? I imagine a large number of my colleagues will be out those two BS, I mean “staff-development” days.

    We will definitely need a sick day for August. Personally, I’m sickened just thinking about it.

    · Sep 27, 2005 at 5:53 pm

    Norm Scott, oops, I mean NYC Educator, your act is getting very tired. I know that nobody goes to your blog, so you have to spend your whole day here, and all one has to do is read your literature to know that you think real NYC teachers [not retired ones who have all day to write on other folks blogs] are fools, but don’t you realize that folks have just stopped reading you?

  • 4 NYC Educator
    · Sep 27, 2005 at 8:22 pm

    Nope. They’re not all fools. Only, perhaps, the ones who support this contract.

    I’d also have to include those who make idiotic, baseless, utterly false, ad hominem arguments because they lack the imagination to come up with anything better.

    You have a nice day now!