The War Room team at the DOE and mayor’s office will work with the city’s most challenging schools to increase educational attainment. The War Room team will collaborate with all school stakeholders to analyze key indicators of student success, review accounts of school successes and challenges, and implement support plans. When school leadership is deemed to be a failure, the city should do more than replace the person at the top. Instead, the city should have a Strategic Staffing Initiative where struggling schools would receive an experienced principal with success in turning around a school, as well as a complete team to assist that principal — including an assistant principal, a literacy coach, an expert in behavioral management and up to five teachers with success in helping struggling classrooms. The War Room approach, along with the development of the Strategic Staffing Initiative, will increase the likelihood of success in turning around our city’s struggling schools. www.billdeblasio.com/issues/education
Bill de Blasio is pro-union; he and his fellow union minded teachers and administrators want the 5,000 charter school teachers to be pushed out of private schools and into public schools pool for the main reason of union dues. A union teacher pays 99.78 per month to be part of the union in NYC, adding another 5,000 teachers to the union dole would add an estimated $498,900. The concern is not about quality and equality of education for the students, it is about survival of the withering unions in NYC. De Blasio was against Fmr Bloomberg expansion of NYC charter system which has grown from seventeen in 2002 to a hundred and eighty-three this year.
Bill de Blasio also claims to be concerned with the neglected failing public schools and plans to enact “Mayoral Control”, his plan to revamp mayoral control will allow Community Education Councils an advisory vote on major school utilization changes in their communities, which will influence and provide insight to the Panel for Education Policy (PEP). The role of Citywide Education Councils (high schools, special education, English Language Learners, D 75) will be enhanced by ensuring they can provide written recommendations to the Panel for Education Policy on issues related to their respective councils. (deblasiosite). The question posed by most parents is “Why haven’t the public school teachers and administrators put this into place in the past, why now are they concerned with mandating and ensuring success of each failing public school?”
Parents are concerned with the availability of adequate access to education and are preparing to fight for their child’s charter schools, “We should be able to use our tax dollars for the best school for our children” states one parent. In NYC public schools average $19,076 per student in the 2011 fiscal year, as compared to the national average of $10,560. The report also shows that when fully accounting for pension and health cost liabilities, regular public schools cost $19,822 to $20,283 per student (NYCDOE). By comparison, charter schools co-located in city school buildings cost $13,500 per student. If it were a matter of money to determine educational victories by achieving higher scores on state exams then the public sector should be outscoring the private sector.
(The New Yorker) The city’s most well-known charter schools also have remarkably high test scores, although it’s hard to make apples-to-apples comparisons. Last year, sixty-four per cent of Harlem 5’s third graders passed the state English exam and eighty-eight per cent passed the state math exam. At P.S. 123, the Mahalia Jackson School, which is located in the same school building as Success, only eighteen per cent of students passed the English test and only five per cent passed the math test.
It is clear to any observer taking only test scores into account for a fail or pass analysis the charter school clearly wins. If it were a matter of spending per student to determine educational success then again the charter schools would prevail. The “No Child Left Behind Act” gives options to students enrolled in schools failing to meet AYP. If a school fails to meet AYP targets two or more years running, the school must offer eligible children the chance to transfer to higher-performing local schools, receive free tutoring, or attend after-school programs. (No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 - Amends the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) to revise title I as Improving the Academic Performance of the Disadvantaged (4) supplemental education services, or public (or private) school choice options under certain conditions, if a school fails repeatedly.)http://www2.ed.gov/policy/elsec/leg/esea02/107-110.pdf
The result of forced participation in the public school sector is a big monetary win for unions, but Mayor Bill De Blasios’ reform of the NYC charter school program will leave many children left behind despite clear success in standardized testing, increase parental support, and student satisfaction.