Monday, November 29, 2010

Big Surprise

Cathie Black was just granted her waiver. Color me surprised. Nice how it was done at the last possible moment, the end of the business day. Democracy has just died in this great city. Well it has been dead but now it is blatant. I have nothing more to say right now.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Sunday, November 14, 2010


Remember when Bush was President, and he spoke without a teleprompter or off the cuff, he would make statements that just did not make sense? They were called Bushisms. I decided to start one for Bloomberg..
His response for a non public search for Chancellor was done in a way that tells us to go jump of a bridge, preferably the Jersey side of the George Washington.
"To go through a lengthy process in the middle of a school year is just not something in our "kids" best interest.
Really Mike what is? Reforms changing mid stream. No money for run any other program than Math and English. How is that a well rounded education for the kids (who by the way are baby goats) best interest
"Besides he said, nobody would apply if the process were too public because its too embarrassing to them if they don't get selected?"
Really Mike to embarrassing? For goodness sakes we are talking about education not dodge ball.
I might if I was the last child called, but I am an adult and have faced disappointment before.
I am sure your Goldman Sachs Hedge Fund managers have, plenty of times.
By the way if you are a Hedge Fund manager why would you want to leave your cushy job? Too much money, Deepdale Country Club to boring for you? Need a new challenge? Took a bet on how long it would take you to screw up the Public Education System?

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Joel Klein sure has some chutzpa

I just finished watching Joel Klein's interview on NY1 Inside City Hall. When the question posed to him about Leonie Haimson's comment re: his legacy. He could only call her a propagandist, and having her own agenda. This makes me ill. Klein is the King of propaganda. Playing a shell game with data, making the so called agenda based people sue him on NYS Education Law violations., and then rewriting law at his own pleasure. . Stating that schools have wait lists because our schools are good. Joel it really is not that our schools are good it IS that we don't have a choice, no matter how much you say we do. Fix all our schools don't just concentrate on charters. I have news for you Superman is fictional. If there really was a superman my Principal would not have to take out a loan from the DOE to float our school because our budget was drastically cut. We don't have an arts program in our school, but I forget only test prep matters. Some parents might not understand how much education has changed since you and Bloomie have hijacked our system, ummm I mean have been in power.
My oldest children learned to write script, to appreciate literature, Knew how to identify a country, state, mountain (you get it) on a map, American History, NY State History, and then Latin American when they left elementary school. My youngest has not learned any of this.
He did learn that the EClass and the ELA, and the Math Tests are all important. In the first grade he stressed that he believed he might have got more answers wrong then he should have and might score low. Nice real nice.
I also have some news for you, my child and his 5th grade peers can't multiply. I have been teaching him and yes parents should help, but so can you by knowing what truly comprises of a well rounded education ( I think you might have a clue, your child was taught in a private school after all) Not just what is on the damn test type of education. It is not about the test.
A one size fits all doesn't work in clothing and it sure as hell does not fit an individuals mindset. We are individuals, we process information differently as well. I am a visual person, so to call us propagandists because we think outside the box, when we and not you are the stakeholders is just plain wrong. Just like you can't have a carpenter build a house without tools, you can not ask a teacher to do their job without the same.
When you leave this position in December, and why exactly are you leaving? Please have a meaningful discussion with the parents, teachers, and Principals and leave your judgment at the door

Friday, November 5, 2010

Knowledge is power

OFIA sent emails to CEC's reminding them that their meetings are public and can be recorded and/or videotaped at any particular moment. I guess the same goes for you Joel?


The DOE has decided to change the name of OFEA, to OFIA. Always changing things up aren't you Joel? This Chancellor, I think suffers from schizophrenia. Districts to no Districts, regions to no regions, but back to Districts, with no power.
Test scores equal grade of schools, schools do well, change method of testing grades. Schools suffer, announce closings.
Get your media mogul friends (Bloomberg) to FOIL teacher data. Show results, added value, no account for data errors with the scores and particular teachers. We just won't tell the parents, they need to shut up anyway.