Researchers have found that high absence rates and falling off track in terms of credit accumulation are strong predictors of dropping out.
Many recent studies show that a principal's leadership is just as integral to a school's success as a CEO's is to their business.
Blanche DuBois famously trusted in the kindness of strangers. Personally, I'm not willing to take that leap of faith. Nor are 80,000 working UFT teachers.
It's the end of another beautiful -- or at least mutually self-interested -- political friendship. National teachers union head Randi Weingarten has lost the love when it comes to Mayor Bloomberg.
In order to have trust in the judgment of leaders in any system, they must establish some credibility in the face of facts.
The matter of school closings is complex and polarizing. Evidence suggests the only solution to the problem of "failing" (DOE speak for "black and Latino") schools is to open new, small schools.
If Mayor Bloomberg thinks we're cowboys, the least we can do is offer our kids whatever frontier justice we can muster.
Never have I perused the ELA tests and not found objective errors (grammar, mechanics and typos). Many classroom teachers agree that the ELA tests are often too ambiguously worded
Whether a court would rule that the TDRs (with teachers' names attached) must be publicly released remains in doubt; it's a question that Justice Kern wasn't considering, as she says in her decision.
Since New York's schools are increasingly made up of newcomers and the disadvantaged, there really is no "public" in the political sense left in this city. Hence no great outcry has erupted.
I suggest before Cathie Black gets rid of teachers, she get rid of bedbugs and do so with extreme prejudice.
March: While snow still covers side-streets in the Bronx and Staten Island, Mayor Bloomberg promises that the city will have all traces of the blizzard removed by the end of April.
And now, what you all have been waiting for: My "wish list" predictions for Education in 2011.
To successfully reform our nation's public school system, early childhood education must be an integral part of the equation.
On this particularly despairing day, a spectacular idea emerged from our gripes. What if, one of us jested, Cathie Black had to be a substitute teacher for a day?
Now is as good a time as any to think about whether the high school "match" system created by Schools Chancellor Joel Klein should survive.