Posts Tagged ‘NYC Public Schools’

Focus, Focus

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

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Okay.  I will.  Right after this post, which has nothing to do with California, fatherhood or autism, the alleged subjects of this blog.  Just had to share this tome-like post by John Lawhead about the charterization of NYC:

Leonie Haimson, a parent and school advocate, writing on the New York City Public School Parents blog, wrote that the Tweed strategy seemed like an effort to “create such incompetent, dysfunctional government that the public will no longer support the notion that the government can provide useful public services, leading to further privatization and the undermining of the whole notion of the public good.” Teachers who never wanted to be part of any lousy schools wonder, who wins from the closings and reorganizations? Concerned about “failing” schools? Poverty schools are like the overmedicated patient that eventually needs a different pill for every function. How will the dizzy, disordered, hysterical, somnolent, depressed school ever get “fixed” when it is such a lucrative prospect for the education companies? Profits are predicated on students and teachers’ lack of control over the institutions where they work and learn. How many of the products, the packaged teacher-proof lessons, the training and consulting, interim assessments would be exposed as unnecessary if school communities could find a way to use their own judgment and solve their own problems?

Being Cute

Monday, May 11th, 2009

And yet another article in another mainstream media outlet that dares to dig. Bow down to Juan Gonzalez’s expose of what New York’s Michael Bloomberg isn’t saying about inflated test scores in New York City public and charter schools…

A review of 2007-2008 state report cards for the charter schools reveals that students who are still learning English rarely get admitted.

Those students comprise 14% of overall public school enrollment, but they are less than 4% of the charter school population.

Meanwhile, the poorest children in the school system, those who qualify for the federal government’s free lunch program, made up 65% of the citywide school population last year, yet they were only 57% of charter school enrollment.

That gap becomes even more glaring when you realize that charter schools are concentrated in the city’s poorest neighborhoods, Harlem, the South Bronx and central Brooklyn, where even higher numbers of students qualify for free lunch.

Then there’s the disparity in special education enrollments. Last year, a review by city Controller Bill Thompson found less than 5% special education students in charter schools – far below the 15% citywide.

In other words, if you have language problems, if you’re poor, or if you have special needs, you’re far more likely to end up in the regular public school population than in a charter school.