Thursday, June 13, 2013

Christine Quinn Panders To Educators Through NYC DOE Official Email

 Christine Quinn, along with city council education chair, Robert Jackson, sent the following through the NYC DOE Outlook email. Sadly, I didn't get it, but a select few did (However, we do believe this was just sent to administrators). Though we here at SBSB are curious. Just how did she get access to Outlook? Only someone more powerful, and much shorter, than God would allow their "heir apparent" such access.


From: Speaker Christine C. Quinn [] Sent: Thu 6/13/2013 5:06 PM
Subject: NYC Council Education Update

Dear New Yorker,

As the 2012-2013 school year draws to a close, we wanted to wish all of our students and their families good luck on their end-of-the-school-year activities.

We also wanted to let you know about some of the recent work that we've been doing here at the City Council to help build a stronger, safer school system for our city's students.

If you have any questions or concerns about the information below, please don't hesitate to contact our offices.

Thank you.


Christine C. Quinn


NYC Council

Robert Jackson

Chair, Education Committee

NYC Council

Field Testing

We have heard from parents and teachers across the City who are concerned about stand-alone field tests. To begin with, many families and educators are growing increasingly frustrated with the national emphasis on standardized testing. They believe that it puts unnecessary pressure on their children and prevents schools from adopting rich, whole child curricula that include social studies, science, physical education, and the arts.

On May 21st, we wrote to State Education Commissioner John King and Chancellor of the New York State Board of Regents Meryl Tisch to ask them to immediately cease the practice of stand-alone field testing for the New York State ELA and Math exams. The next day, the City Council passed a resolution calling for the same thing. Copies of our letter and the resolution are available here.

It's imperative that we have a strong, reliable system in place to measure student progress and assess learning. We also understand that the state ELA and math exams are federally mandated. Stand-alone field tests, however, are not. Field tests disrupt instruction and cause students to lose valuable class time. And while they create another source of anxiety for some students, many students know that these tests "don't count" and therefore don't give the exams their full focus. As a result, stand-alone field tests don't provide a reliable source of data.

Pearson, the company that administers the tests, already embeds trial questions during the actual exam. They don't need to try out more questions by making students sit for exams that don't matter. Please join us in asking the State to do away with this practice by signing on to this petition.

Gifted and Talented

On May 7th, we joined Council Members, education advocates and parents to present a plan to reform New York City's gifted and talented system to ensure that the program is more representative of the New York City public school population and that there more seats for children that qualify for the program. We also announced ways to make the application and admissions process easier for all families.

Specifically, we called on the Department of Education to:

Increase the total number of Gifted and Talented seats across the City;
Use local norms to assess qualifications for district programs;
Align parent notification timing with private/parochial school deposit deadlines; and
Move toward multiple measures of assessing giftedness after kindergarten.

You can read more about the plan here.

School Safety

In early April, the New York Times published an article that examined the rise in both the number of police officers and criminal charges for non-violent student behavior in America's schools.

A student who is subjected to multiple suspensions or arrests is less likely to graduate than his or her peers and could be denied future employment opportunities due to a criminal record. Because of the devastating impact that arrests and suspensions can have on young people, the City Council held a public hearing on April 7th where we discussed possible alternatives that would keep schools safe while at the same time reduce arrests and/or suspensions in schools. Some of these models have already been implemented in City schools, and we'll continue to look closely at these and other models as we seek a more constructive and fair approach to school discipline.

You can read more about our efforts to help address this problem here.

Citywide Public Safety and Education Initiative to Combat Hate Crimes

In response to the recent spate of bias attacks targeted at the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community, we recently joined forces with Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott to launch a citywide public safety and education initiative to combat hate crimes. As part of this initiative, schools across the City have incorporated anti-bullying lessons into end-of-year assemblies, programs, and curricula.

We have also partnered with the United Federation of Teachers, the Council of School Supervisors & Administrators, and numerous LGBTQ organizations to create a series of lessons and resources that teachers and principals can easily incorporate into their end-of-school lessons. That list and copies of our letters to schools and families can be found by clicking on the links below:

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

A Law To Hold Principals Accountable

Shouldn't principals who lie and falsify reality in the name of attempting to ruin a teacher's career be subject to this? 

N.Y. NYC. LAW § 1116 : NY Code - Section 1116: Fraud; neglect of duty; willful violation of law relative to office

a. Any council member or other officer or employee of the city who shall willfully 
   violate or evade any  provision of law relating tosuch officer's office or employment, 
   or commit any fraud upon the  city,
  or  convert  any of the public property to such officer's own use, or
  knowingly permit any other person so to  convert it or by gross or
  culpable neglect of duty allow the same to be lost to the city, shall be
  deemed  guilty of a misdemeanor and in addition to the penalties imposed
  by law and on conviction shall forfeit such office or employment, and be
  excluded  forever  after  from  receiving  or  holding  any  office   or
  employment under the city government.
 b. Any officer or employee of the city or of any city agency who shall
  knowingly make a false or deceptive report or statement in the course of
  duty shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, forfeit such
  office or employment.

Oh, wishful thinking. 

Monday, June 10, 2013

Where is the Bronx District Attorney When You Need Him?

Lots going on lately. Too much baseball.

Time to start opening up here. Lots of information soon to be published here. Scandalous is to say the least. For example this true story.

Remember, this shit can't be made up!

I can't name the DOE district that this happened. I can say it is in the Bronx, and it is one of the most dysfunctional districts in that borough.

I can't name the superintendent, the two school administrators involved, or the school.

But everything is true. Everything happened. Everything was covered up.

An assistant administrator at a school, which happens to be neither a elementary or a high school, put in "long hours" at home doing the scheduling. I mean really really long hours.

There were no time cards to be punched nor signed. The administrator of the assistant administrator did not have enough money to pay per session so the pay was in comp time.

There was shit loads of comp time involved. Remember, all unverified.

The assistant administrator took vacations with this comp time. All during instructional time for weeks at a time.

Countries and cities of a far off continent were visited all while the students of this school were busy this assistant administrator was off gallivanting around.

Meanwhile the school is going into the crapper.

Somehow the Commissioner of Special Investigations office got wind of this. Praise be to God! We all know how CSI can be when going after those who misrepresent time taken off and defrauding the DOE claiming they worked while in reality they did not.

Just ask Matthew Kaye aka Matt Striker or Lynn Stewart's daughter. We know how seriously CSI takes this stuff.

This is where that superintendent comes in.

CSI, the bastion of all keeping all that is correct in the NYC DOE drops the ball!!!!!!

There was proof up the ying yang!!

They kick it back to the superintendent for the discipline phase.

The administrator is buds with the superintendent.

The assistant administrator gets a letter in the file!

Imagine if a teacher had done this??? OH baby!

Of course the assistant administrator could not have done this without being enabled by the administrator.

I might not be a lawyer, but dang, if this doesn't seem like fraud, larceny, conspiracy, and a few other felonies, then I mock my SUNY education.

Why hasn't Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson been notified of this?

But he is a dolt. How about US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Preet Bharara?

It has been said, and by very reliable sources, that the assistant administrator had much more than a professional relationship with the administrator. Wink, wink, nudge, nudge. Know what I mean? Know what I mean?

So this happens and teachers all across the city, and the country are getting crapped on.

Why? Where is the logic behind this.

It is not us running the schools. We just work there.

Maybe it is time to go after the schmucks in charge? 
Yeah, this shit can't be made up!!!