The mayor steps to the podium and announces that he is freezing a raise that doesn’t exist, and BTW, the cleaners called, they found several hundred millions in that pair of pants, so, what the hell, no layoffs.
For weeks the specter of layoffs, eligibility for RttT, the charter school cap and evaluation by test scores rolled across computer and TV screens. Joe Williams and his charter/hedge fund bankrollers outspent the union.
The charter cap jumped, 114 more charter schools in New York City over the next four years, vague wording about children with disabilities, ELL and co-location, and a sentence granting auditing rights to the NYS Comptroller. Improvements to a charter school must include the entire building, not just the charter. From the union perspective will the new law increase chances of unionized charter schools? Or, like the governance law will the chancellor simply ignore?
The teacher evaluation bill requires that 20% of evaluations based on student data, but, 70% of teachers teach in classes not tested by the state ELA/Math exams, another 20% is an evaluation tool to be decided.
Will the SED be able to put this in place by the 11-12 school year? Can the union and the chancellor agree on that “other” 20%? or, is Jesse Rothstein right, and “valid and reliable” data is an illusion?
The just announced Chicago study shows that performance pay had no impact on teacher retention or pupil achievement. Does anyone care? or, is the race to reform based on a hunch? Is the RttT the decentralization “solution” of the second decade of the 21st century, and, just as dubious?
If September comes and the Michaels, Joel, Meryl and David are standing on the podium with Arne as he counts out that half a billion or so, a win-win, if they glumly watch Colorado, or South Dakota, or whomever grab the dollars Mulgrew will have to ask, was it worth it?
If in the fall the Mayor and Mulgrew hug as they announce a new contract, wonderful. If it’s a year from now and no contract, maybe the battle will ratchet up, especially as the countdown to 2013 begins.
This is the last year of the federal stimulus dollars, and, if Washington doesn’t pass a teacher jobs bill we may be right back where we are, except, Andrew Cuomo is added to the mix.
The jousting, the lances dehorsing one side or another has been going on for the six years of the Klein regency, is it working? Are the poorest, the most vulnerable kids benefiting from this new school management system?
The Center for NYC Affairs at the New School (Milano), authors of a profound student attendance study and a small-large high school study are now investigating the DoE NYC School Management System, sign up and drop by on June 16th.