@Two: "there is no research showing teacher evaluations will improve anything"
In point of fact, human history is full of evidence that in any endeavor, accountability improves results.
@Two: "Opt out of political idiocy!"
Only one way to do that: separate school and state.
I teach in the Bronx where we have rampant poverty as well. The current teacher evaluation system punishes teachers for working with the neediest students. Two years ago, the best teachers in my school all left for schools with higher achievers, afraid of this evaluation scheme.
This evaluation regime came as part of Race to the Top and the Common Core standards which demand students cite evidence and provide research to back up their claims. Ironically, there is no research showing teacher evaluations will improve anything, and there is solid research showing the links between poverty and family dysfunction and low performance.
Thus, the system, rolled out by Obama and Arne Duncan is a move meant to blame teachers knowing full well low performance is primarily caused by other factors. In NYC, our schools are also cherry picked by charters, leaving higher concentrations of at-risk kids.
The most absurd part of teacher evaluations are that test scores in Math or English get tied to the performance ratings of teachers of Art, Music, Dance, Foreign Language, Gym, Science and Social Studies. How could a rating on a test in a different subject possibly be accurate? The government doesn't care - this is a bold strike against the profession of teaching and that is why major grassroots protests are ongoing. The next is Sat May 17 at City Hall Park in NYC.
Opt out of political idiocy!
It would be interesting to note that the continual upgrading our Rochester transportation system to include bicycling is also a way our city is adapting to Climate Change. Part of that goal, of course, is to make bicycling safe, which will include drivers, the media, and law enforcement.
If you read the city’s web page “Office of Energy & Sustainability” [http://www.cityofrochester.gov/article.asp…] you come to “Energy Management and Climate Action Status Report” and when you download that you see this: “Municipal transportation accounts for approximately 36% of greenhouse gas emissions and energy use by the City. Many opportunities exist to reduce the use of fossil fuels in both the City fleet and by the public. Some of the initiatives and projects that have been completed include: …, Bicycle Enhancement Program installation of bicycle lane markings (i.e., exclusive bicycle lanes and shared use lanes) and associated signage on approximately 15 centerline miles of arterial and collector streets…, Complete Streets Policy to accommodate all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users and persons with disabilities.”
There’s a pattern here and we ought to talk about it. One of Rochester’s most effective strategies for addressing Climate Change is increase active transportation (walking and bicycling) and as we get more folks comfortable and safe on our public roads we will reduce greenhouse gases. Let’s connect the dots and talk about Climate Change and transportation.
More on Transportation in our area: http://rochesterenvironment.com/communting…
Without bike laws and enforcement, and the training and licencing that goes with it, the bike scene here remains lawless and dangerous. This anarchy leaves bikers with no rights. If a biker has an accident on a sidewalk the investigating police officer simply says not to ride on the sidewalk. But if a biker has an accident on a public road he will also be told that he should not have been riding on the road. I am not making this up. In contrast my bicycle course and exam in Europe was rewarded with a licence that is personally signed by the mayor of my town.
So giving free college degrees to prisoners is an "investment" to keep them off unemployment and welfare? How about we also give them jobs, cars to get to and from work and free mortages too. We have to spend tax dollars to house, guard, clothe and feed prisoners. We shouldn't have to give them free college degrees.
O'Brien is saying the right thing (opposing Cuomo's plan) for the wrong reason (not enough 'resources'). Many New Yorkers are insulted by the proposal to reward convicts with a free college education. O'Brien is following his constituents' wishes but still playing to liberals (calling the plan 'well-intentioned').
The simple solution is to require those who ‘graduate’ from prison with a college degree pay the state back for the cost of their education – just like they would have to pay back a student loan. Why is the only option to give away FREE college degrees?
Sean...they are not planning to force all NY inmates into college courses. It will be an option for those interested and capable.
"Ted O'Brien is trying to appease voters here." In other words, he's representing his constituents, correct?
I would rather have some of my tax dollars invested in an inmate's. education rather than a lifetime of unemployment benefits, food stamps and other public assistance.
I agree with Cuomo on this issue.
Unless shown proof elsewhere, I'm sure the $5,000 comes out of our taxes. Instead of forcibly educating criminals who made a conscious choice to commit an act against our society's laws, how about we take that $5,000 per inmate and put it into the chronically underfunded State University and City University system? Most criminals have rational choice. Very few are forcibly coerced into turning to crime. They could stay in school and go to college, without being a convicted criminal behind bars when they do it. I did. Thousands and thousands of other college graduates of the SUNY and CUNY system did. WHY ON EARTH should taxpayers have to pay $65,000 so a criminal with a better than 50:50 chance of reoffending can get a degree in painting or poetry or whatever? If they want to go to community college after they finish their prison sentence, take loans and fellowships like everyone else and get a college degree. But it is offensive to me and many, many others that we should have to pay for a convicted murderer or rapist or burglar to get a college degree from our tax dollars when many of us spend YEARS earning our degrees while holding down legitimate jobs and keeping out of trouble. This is offensive.
Ted O'Brien is trying to appease voters here. Cuomo is spending a little to save a lot. This education gives hope and help to people. Long-term, crime and numbers in prisons will go down. Cops and wardens will inevitably lose their jobs. And this is a GOOD thing!
It may not seem fair to educate prisoners, but if this leads to lower taxes and less crime, then I'm all for it.
THERE IS ONE STATISTIC (IN PARTICULAR) IN THIS ARTICLE, WHICH REALLY LEAPS RIGHT OFF THE PAGE, I.E.,
"...98 percent were rated “highly effective” or “effective” by their principals..."
I think taxpayers and students should sue corporate America for not paying taxes and screwing students for their six figure debt and test test mentality. All while hedge fund and privatizers take in millions. Whose the one taking advantage of students?
I teach in a school with 80% free and reduced lunches. One year my students passed the reading test with 100%. The next year they passed with 65%. I'm a National Board Certified teacher, and have been evaluated as a distinguished teacher. I worry that with all my years of study and experience, I might be deemed ineffective, especially with the poorly written standards that we are facing. The Common Core Standards & their associated standardized tests are absurd! We now have Kindergarteners being required to do homework about alliteration. How in the world can we expect to tie teacher effectiveness to such inappropriate standards?
Don't forget that 40% of a high school teacher's rating is based on how the rest of the school performs on exams in other classes. So a social studies teacher can lose points based on poor chemistry scores. Even better, a phys Ed teacher's rating is tied to scores on math tests, science tests, etc...
Teach and you'll understand ... educate yourself on education and the two-way street that it is. The Union sues because it cares about education as it needs to be. We are the doctors of education. We didn't roll into the position after two interviews. Masters degrees and years of experience bring an enlightenment that the general public isn't going to understand very easily.
I think jeremy been smoking too many peace pipes when he said
"Right now, it's the opponents that are the most vocal, in part because they are being rallied by the racino-backed No More Casinos Coalition."
I nor anyone else there even seem to know that this group even existed. as a matter a fact Jack moore was the only one who even seem to know it even existed. I can safely say I nor others there that I know were not part of this group but there on our own accord to stand up for our town. get your facts straight and quite making stuff up.
"Urbanski stressed Rochester teachers embrace accountability..."
Oh, sure. As long as by "embrace" you mean "shirk".
Maybe it's time for city taxpayers and students to sue the union.
CHLORINE GAS TRANSPORTATION SAFETY
First Responders ask federal administrations to consider adding secondary containment to rail tank cars used to transport chlorine gas, providing lifesaving safety to First Responders and the public they serve. See First Responders Comments at PETITION C KIT.
I think Dr. Kress used the Finance degree scenario intentionally - because she has a degree in Finance. I think to say she is discouraging students from getting a degree is a stretch. She is addressing the role of the community college to train students for the workforce that is needed and lacking! I too have a Finance degree and I'm not offended by her comment - I get it! Businesses are not hiring a DEGREE - they need trained workforce with the appropriate skill set. Dr. Kress is getting things done so please don't minimize her work or the article's intent by parsing her words and concentrating on that tidbit - get it together!
Website powered by Foundation