Sunday, November 16, 2008

Wake up, New York, and smell the roses

I thought I was done for the night, but then I read this post from a teacher at Jane Addams HS.

Dear Colleagues,

Yeah, Addams got a D. But the fix was in, right from the start, for us to "fail."

A closer look at the "report card" reveals:

1. Our "Student Performance" (success in graduating students, in four years) score: B. Honestly, what the hell else matters???

2. Our "Student Progress" score: F. Simplified — We didn't improve enough from the B in "Student Performance." And in case you haven't noticed — the competency of the students admitted to Addams is not the same as it was just four years ago. (No longer are students who really want to come to Addams routinely admitted.)

3. The group of 40 so-called "Peer Schools" to which Addams is being compared includes schools that are very different than ours. Many of the 40 are newer "mini academies" — the replacement schools for schools that were previously closed down. These schools have much smaller enrollments, and can, to a larger extent, "cherry pick" which students are admitted and which are rejected. The dirty little secret is that many of these rejected students are sent to . . . Addams (and Truman).

Remember, the big money (Gates Foundation, Broad Foundation, et. al.) and its lackeys (Klein in NYC, Rhee in DC, et al.) is on "proving" that "traditional" "big" schools (read: us!!!) don't work. And — surprise, surprise — this report card does just that.

Hope y'all haven't already spent that $3,000 "bonus money" that we were never gonna get, but were conned into voting for — twice.

Solidarity forever (for the Union makes us strong),

Glenn Tepper

BloomKlein and his crowd have polluted the waters, and we're dealing with swamplife. We can't drain the stuff because we're not at the controls. The only thing we can do is aerate it with our professionalism and replace the slime with truthtelling. Lots and lots of truthtelling.


Anonymous said...

It is the time of the EMPEROR has no clothes.

We all need to shout as loud as we can that the EMPEROR has NO CLOTHES.

Each of us need to ask ourselves the questions: "What did you say & do when your saw the lies & deception all around"? Now is the time to speak.

Anonymous said...

Randi could care less because she is in bed with Klein. Too many teachers have gone through principals throwing union members under the bus. Sometimes not always some chapter leaders and princpals work together against a teacher (set-ups). My last year of probation via gerema credit I lost everything - however, I fought back and got my union lawyer to lay the bate to show that my principal was stealing. Well a few months later - she quickly vanished as principal. Dig a hole for somebody - better dig one for yourself. She fell in deep and hard probably lost her 40lk. HA HA My question now is...How does one get off the ineligible list after some years of teaching at other institutions with any problems?