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Back to Court on School Closings
May 18th, 2011

A year after they successfully sued to stop school closings, the United Federation of Teachers and the NAACP have returned to court to try to stop the latest round of school phase outs and shut-downs. This year’s action also seeks to halt 18 so-called co-locations of charter schools with traditional public school buildings in Department of Education buildings.

In the action, the UFT and the NAACP, joined by individuals and community groups, charge that the city ignored agreements it had reached last year to help the school its was then trying to close. Fifteen of the schools named in today’s legal action had won a temporary reprieve from last year’s suit. The city announced in December it would try again to close them. Four schools cited last year, though, are not longer slated for shutdown.

In addition, the plaintiffs charge the city did not seek approval from the state education commissioner for the closing, something the suit says it must do.

On the co-locations, the suit charges the plans give students in charter school better access to school facilities than those of the traditional public schools with which it shares space. For example the suit alleges, the department’s plan for the PS114 building would allow PS114 students to use of the gym for three and a half hours every day, while Explore Charter School, with far fewer students, would get the space for almost three hours. The charter students also would have use of the playground for more time.

Following last year’s suit, the Department of Education implemented new procedures for school closings and co-locations, including more public hearings and distributing additional information on the proposed closing or collocation. Under Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the city has shut more than 90 school and opened 335 schools, many small, both conventional schools and charters.

Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott is scheduled to respond to the suit later today.

By on May 18, 2011, 2:08 pm
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New State Education Commissioner Named
May 16th, 2011

As had been widely expected, the state Board of Regents has named state Deputy Education Commissioner John B. King Jr. as education commissioner.

King, 36, is a native of Brooklyn who holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard, a law degree from Yale and a doctorate in education from Columbia. He has deep ties to the charter school movement — having cofounded a charter middle school in Boston and helped start Uncommon Schools, which now has 24 charters.

In a press release, the regents credited King for coordinating New York’s successful bid for federal race to the Top Funds. He also has been involved in the state’s effort to make its testing program more rigorous.

In addition to his professional resume, King has a compelling personal story. His parents were both educators. His mother, though, died when he was in fourth grade at P.S. 276 in Brooklyn. His father was already showing sign of Alzheimer’s disease and died a few years later when King was 12. He attended the elite Phillips Andover Academy but broke some of the school’s rules, resulting in his expulsion in 11th grade. He then went to live with an aunt and uncle in New Jersey where he completed high school.

In a statement released earlier today, King said, “My life story is about the power of schools to shape lives, even against great odds. … I know that all of our schools can be places that ensure our children succeed.”

King, whose father was African American and mother Puerto Rican, will be the first person from either group to serve as run the state Department of Education. At his request the salary for the post was reduced from $2550,000 to $212,500 because of the state’s fiscal problems.

King will replace David Steiner who unexpectedly announced his intention to resign earlier this spring.

By on May 16, 2011, 1:28 pm
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Schools Get a 'Restart'
May 13th, 2011

In a possible effort to explore alternatives to simply shutting down schools it considers to be failing, the Department of Education has announced that it has designated 22 struggling schools as “restart.” The schools are on the state’s list of persistently lowest achieving schools

Each school will be eligible for — though not guaranteed — up to $2 million a year for three years in federal funding. It will work with an as-yet-to-be-named nonprofit to turn the school around. Under federal rules, that could be a charter operator oran education management organization. Although some of the schools had been viewed for possible closure in the past, all will remain open and accept students next year for fall 2012.

The Obama administration has four models for troubled schools: Turnaround, Restart, Transformation and Closure. Turnaround and Transformation required the city to reach agreement with the United Federation of Teachers on measures that could have included a longer school day and getting rid of half the school’s staff. Once those talks broke down, the city was left with a choice of Restart and Closure.

The 22 schools include middle and high schols and feature a number of the large ocprehensive high schools sumialr to those the city has shut down over the past several years. Among those are Washington Irving in Manhattan, Grover Cleveland in Queens, Herbert Lehman in the Bronx, and John Dewey and Boys and Girl in Brooklyn.

Nine other schools on the list will neither be closed nor slated for restart. Despite that, the department said, these schools could stil work to implement an improvement plan.

List of schools after the jump.
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By on May 13, 2011, 4:14 pm
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More Scrutiny for Education Contracts
May 13th, 2011

Highly paid consultants are like fat-cat lawyers. No one claims to like them but they keep getting work — and lots of it.

So, not surprisingly, consultant contracts have become a battleground in the fight over whether New York City should lay off thousands of teachers. Opponents say the consultants should get the ax instead. The department defends their contracts — and keeps writing checks.

Today Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer tweeted about and released a copy of a letter he wrote schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott and city Office of Management and Budget director Mark Page challenging the department’s spending on consultants.

Charging that Page had been unable to supply adequate figures, Stinger said he crunched the numbers in the executive budget and “was appalled” to learn the education department plans to increase spending on consultants by $54.4 billion so that it will top $982 million next fiscal. Exact numbers for the cost of averting the layoffs vary but Stringer cites $350 million in his letter.

The department rejected Stringer’s depiction of these contract as “a black hole,” saying many fund required services, such as transportation and help for students with disabilities.

“The borough president either fails to recognize an important fact about these consultant costs or he is intentionally misleading people,” Chancellor Dennis Walcott told the Daily News. “The truth is that over $840 million of the $981 million he cites are dedicated to direct services for our students with the vast majority going toward our students with disabilities which are services that are required under the law.”

In his letter Stringer requests further information on contracts for central computer services, student transportation and teacher recruitment.

Most of these concerns are nothing new, though the impending layoffs certainly give them more weight — and increased political oomph.
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By on May 13, 2011, 12:55 pm
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Teacher Layoffs? REALLY?
May 12th, 2011

In a well-coordinated rally and march from City Hall to the financial district, hundreds of teachers protested Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s plan to lay off thousands of teachers. A number of City Council members and possible 2012 mayoral candidate also attended the event

The speakers, the placards and the chant all sounded themes that no doubt will become increasingly familiar to New Yorkers in the weeks between now and July 1, when the city must approve its budget for fiscal year 2012: The cuts are not necessary, the rich need to pay more in taxes, and children should not bear the burnt of the city’s fiscal woes. That assumes, of course — an not everyone does — that the city has real fiscal woes.

“New York is not Wisconsin but we have to fight like it is,” Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers. “We have a $3.2 billion surplus. There should not even be a discussion about cuts.”

Rev. A; Sharpton agreed, telling the crowd, “If we’ve got a surplus, why are we laying off teachers?”

(The mayor, of course, disputes this saying he is using what other consider a surplus to pay down the deficit confronting the city for 2013.)

The crowd then moved down Broadway to press it demand that the wealthy needed to pay more. “We want our money back,” they chanted, along with “Who are we? UFT.”

Despite the seriousness of their message the crowd was largely good-natured, a sentiment reflected in the black UFT tee-shirts many wore. With a bow to Seth Meyers and Amy Pohler, it read”

The education mayor?


By on May 12, 2011, 10:46 pm
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School Elections to Resume
May 12th, 2011

The incredibly attenuated, disrupted and confusing elections for the virtually powerless Citywide And Community Education Councils continue. The Department of Education has just announced the voting period for parents will be May 18 to May 25.

In the announcement, Chancellor Dennis Walcott said any votes cast from May 1 to May 7 –when the election came to a halt — will not be valid.

The parents vote is only advisory. Officials of school parents associations can consider those recommendation when they cast their votes — the ones that count — for members of 32 community education Councils, the Citywide Council on High Schools, the Citywide Council on English Language Learners, the Citywide Council on Special Education and the District 75 Council. That round will take place May 27 to June 3, and the new members will be seated by July 1.

By on May 12, 2011, 4:38 pm
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Protesting Cuts to Child Care
May 11th, 2011

Alshawn Rushing wrote this post.

Thousands of daycare workers, parents and children rallied near City Hall today to protest the mayor’s proposed cuts to childcare and education in the city budget.

“New York City’s child care programs are part of the solution — affordable professional child care enables women to work, without it many would not have that option,” said Lee Saunders, secretary-treasurer of the Association of State, County and Municipal Employees. “We need politicians to make a choice we can be proud of and not take the path of least resistance, balancing the budgets on the backs of children and women.”

The protest comes days after Mayor Michael Bloomberg released his executive budget, which called for layoffs of thousands of teachers and an array of other cuts. The administration also announced that Bloomberg had decided to save 16,000 of the childcare slots that were originally slated to be eliminated. According to protestors and their political allies, though, the budget only restores $40 million of the original $90 million that has been cut. AFSCME maintains that only 9,000 of the original slots slated to be cut has been restored.

Child care is an essential job support for low income families, said AFSCME Council 1707 Executive Director Raglan George. “As goes childcare so goes the neighborhood. We are beginning to see some economic recovery; it is not time to limit essential services.”
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By on May 11, 2011, 4:40 pm
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Lessons from Chancellor Klein
May 11th, 2011

Aside from its paean to charter school executive Eva Moskowitz (see above), former Schools Chancellor Joel Klein’s opus in The Atlantic, offers an interesting collection of recommendations to improves education — more charters, more accountability for teachers — and an attack on some of his familiar btes noires, notably the teachers union and the politicians who grovel before it. The piece offers little to no self-criticism; if things in New York City schools faltered during his stewardship, don’t blame Klein.

While Klein boasts of a rise in high school graduation rates under his watch, he does not mention the scores of city students on standardized tests. Until 2010 (or to put it another way, until after Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s final –we assume — election campaign), Klein and Bloomberg cited rising test scores as proof that their education policies worked. Then the state recalibrated the results — and it turned up the scores did not demonstrate rising achievement after all. Tests had simply gotten easier.

As far as we can see he also does not append much times on the so-called achievement gaps between races. Sharply reducing that gap was a key goal of Bloomberg/Klein education policies. To the disappointment of all New Yorkers, they did not accomplish that. In fact in some areas, such as admissions to elite high schools, the divide has gotten worse.

While promoting himself, Klein most emphatically does not promote the very schools he ran and, in some instances, even created. Instead he boasts of opening charter school in high-poverty communities and letting families chose between the charters and a traditional public school. Confronted with that option, he said, almost all the families chose the charter.

In other words, thousands of families rejected the schools run by Klein and Bloomberg. Klein sees this as a victory and boasts, “The monopolists are beginning to feel the effects of competition.”

Well yes, probably. I realize this analogy is flawed, but to use the business model Klein and Bloomberg often embrace, can you imagine the president of Coke boasting that everyone prefers Pepsi? What would George Steinbrenner have said if all New Yorkers opted to follow the Mets instead of the Yankees?

By on May 11, 2011, 3:52 pm
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Klein on Moskowitz Again
May 11th, 2011

Joel Klein just cant help himself. Even though the former school chancellor recently told the New York Times he would “say with neither pride nor regret that I am not personally close to Eva Moskowitz,” in his current long piece in The Atlantic on The Failure of American Schools. Klein goes out of his way to laud Moskowitz and her achievements once again.

Klein’s relationship with Moskowitz has drawn repeated scrutiny because of the education department’s turning space in its neighborhood public school over the Moskowitz’s charter school empire. A series of emails released last year revealed how Moskowitz cajoled and flattered Klein — and complained about his subordinates — in order to get her way. The exchange, Michael Winerip wrote in the Times ” is a civics lesson in how things work in the Big City.”

In The Atlantic, Klein describes Moskowitz, who now runs the Success Academy charter network, as “brilliant, savvy, ambitious, often a pain in the neck and atypically fearless for an elected official.” Maybe. Maybe not.

But at least one of his claims about her that deserves a bit more scrutiny.

Moskowitz, then a member of the City Council, was “widely expected to be elected Manhattan borough president” in 2005, according to Klein. He then goes on to tell the oft-quoted story that her all-but-certain ascendancy was blocked by the teachers union. She earned the enmity of the United Federation of Teachers after her education committee held hearings on the teachers contract and, in Klein’s words, “exposed its ridiculousness.” As a result, Randi Weingarten, then head of the union “made sure that Moskowitz’s run for borough president came up short.”

Nice, pat story. Too bad its more complicated than that.
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By on May 11, 2011, 2:48 pm
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Update on Ed Council Elections
May 10th, 2011

A press release just out from Advocates for Justice says the elections for Citywide and Community Education Councils are on hold for the time being.

(For the runup to this, see below.)

In a statement the group’s president, Arthur Z. Schwartz, said advotes, representing the New York City Parents Union, met with lawyers for this city and the Department of Education today. “All parties agreed that the discussion and negotiations pertaining to this matter will be kept confidential at this time. However, we did agree … that the election processes for the [councils] are on hold. Any information to the contrary is inaccurate,” Schwartz’s statement said,

By on May 10, 2011, 4:39 pm
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Elections and Education
May 10th, 2011

Whatever one think of the city Department of Education’s ability to run schools, it does not seem to know how to manage elections. This year’s election process for the Community and Citywide Education Councils — the ultra-weak replacement for the city’s old Community School Boards — has been fraught with problems and roiled by criticism.

First only 500 people expressed interest in the 325 slots. Since some panels — the Citywide Council on High Schools for one — attracted lots of candidates, other community boards did not have enough candidates to fill the available slots — let alone hold a competitive election.

The department also reportedly provided inaccurate information about who could run and put material about the candidates on a password protected website many could not access. On woman who currently serves on a told WNYC that she was informed she was not eligible — odd since, she said, she already serves as co-chair of a council.

In the wake of widespread criticism, the city decided to delay the elections, originally set for May 7, until next week.

In announcing the postponement in a statement, Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott said, “After reviewing concerns raised by parents and public officials about this years Citywide and Community Education Council elections, I have concluded that the process could and should have been handled better.’

But today, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and Public Advocate Bill de Blasio said this was not sufficient. They want an investigation of the election woes and Stringer, along with some parents, also asked the city to convene a task force to consider whether permanent oversight of the various education councils “should be transferred to an independent entity.”
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By on May 10, 2011, 3:44 pm
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The Trustee vs. the Playwright
May 5th, 2011

The City University has reportedly decided to reverse John Jay College’s decision to give Tony Kushner, the acclaimed author of Angels in America and other lauded plays, an honorary degree. Jeffrey Wiesenfeld, the former Jewish liaison to Gov. George Pataki and an investment banker who sits on the CUNY board, essentially black-balled Kushner for the playwright’s criticism of Israel.

The contretemps is the latest in a series of disputes — lower profile than this one — where the debate over the Middle East has spilled into the city’s public university. Earlier this year, Brooklyn College rescinded the appointment of adjunct professor Kristofer Petersen-Overton, when Wiesenfeld and State Assemblymember Dov Hikind questioned his views on Palestinians.

After 1,700 people signed a petition in support of Peterson-Overton, the college reversed its decision.

In September, Brooklyn College’s assignment of the book, How Does It Feel to Be a Problem? Being Young and Arab in America by college associate English professor Moustafa Bayoumi prompted criticism because it supposedly presented only one point of view (hint: not the pro Israel one). The book spurred one alumnus to cancel a previously planned “significant bequest” to the college.

As far as Kushner goes, Wiesenfeld apparently cited a web site account of Kushner’s views on Israel (a secondary source in other words) at the trustees meeting and then said, “I think it’s up to all of us to look at fairness and consider these things. Especially when the State of Israel, which is our sole democratic ally in the area, sits in the neighborhood which is almost universally dominated by administrations which are almost universally misogynist, antigay, anti-Christian.”
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By on May 5, 2011, 12:59 pm
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Billionaires and Their Education Efforts
May 2nd, 2011

A new report on the efforts by philanthropists to improve urban schools has good news and bad news for New York City. Iwatch News, part of the Center for Public Integrity, did a computer analysis of 10 school district, including New York’s, that together raked in almost one quarter of the $4.4 billion four very rich donors — Bill Gates, Eli Broad, Michael Dell and the Walton family — have poured into public school in the last 10 years. The biggest chunk — half a billion dollars — went to New York.

Overall, the researchers found successes and failures — and much in between. “The results, though mixed, provide dispiriting proof that the billionaires have not found a one-size-fits-all solution to education reform and that money alone cant repair the desperate state of urban education,” writes Rita Beamish.

And the study found that some of the districts s, actually saw some indicators, such as graduation rates, got worse during the period studied, 2002 to 2007. In New York, though, the study concluded that graduation rates “while still trailing state averages significantly, improved markedly — up 18 points, compared to the states 10 point rise. ”

But the report reminds us, “Last year New York state declared only a quarter of the city’s graduates college-ready, sending officials back to the drawing board.” This helped spur Gates to abandon his $2 billion effort to create new small high schools, an effort the city credited with some of the rise in graduation rates.

The report also contends that the changes pursued by former schools Chancellor Joel Klein “bred resentment among some parents and educators. But quoting Klein and James Kemple of the Research Alliance for New York City schools, it concludes results have been positive — though perhaps overstated.

As far as we could tell, while iwatch looked at test scores in its calculations, the report does not address the controversy over standardized tests which anyone involved in New York City education over the past decade would see as key. Did the report consider the rapid rise in test scores recorded through 2009. And how did it factor in the recalibration of the test scores, instituted after the state concluded that the rising results might have been due more to dumber tests than smart kids.

Finally — and we know no study can consider everything — the article also has little discussion of the achievement gap between races, an odd omission given than reducing that gap is an oft-cited goal of so-called school reformers and the philanthropists who fund their efforts.

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Another Black Eye for Ed Dept. Tech Effort
April 28th, 2011

The Times is reporting that a former Department of Education consultant has been charged with stealing $3.6 million from the city. Federal prosecutors say Willard Lanham persuaded subcontractors to overbill the city for their work and then kept the difference for himself.

Fernanda Santos writes, “Verizon and I.B.M., the largest of the vendors involved in the projects, played a role in the scheme and profited from it, according to the citys special commissioner of investigation, Richard J. Condon.” Verizon said it would “return any inappropriate profits.”

Lanham, who reportedly already made $200,000 a year, supposedly used the money to buy fancy cars and Long Island real estate. He has denied any wrongdoing. The crime allegedly occurred between 2002 and 2008.

The projects involved were supposed to provide internet access in city schools. The case — assuming the charges are true — involves a number of issues that continue to prove extremely nettlesome for the Bloomberg administration.

(What those problems are — and some connecting of dots — after the jump.)
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By on April 28, 2011, 5:25 pm
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'Success' Battle Goes to Court
April 27th, 2011

Since this is New York it’s not surprising that one of the hottest issues in the debate over charter school is not over whether they should exist but where they should exist. As the city has moved to place charter schools in its own buildings, acrimonious disputes have broken out across the city.

None though seems more pitched than the fight over the Department of Education’s plan to put the new Upper West Side Success Academy in the Brandeis High School campus, home to five high schools. Although the Panel for Educational Policy approved the move (no surprise there!) in February, the dispute shows no sign of abating.

Earlier this month parents filed suit against the city to stop it from placing Upper West Side Success — part of Eva Moskowitz’s expanding Success Academy empire — in the Brandeis building. They charge that the city violated its own procedures and has not supplied accurate enrollment figures for the high schools in Brandeis. Some also fear the new school will limit possible expansion of the new high schools at Brandeis and question the wisdom of putting kindergarteners in the same school building as 18-year-olds.

Yesterday lawyers for Harlem Success struck back with papers asking the state Supreme Court to dismiss the suit. The city also is expected to request a dismissal.
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By on April 27, 2011, 4:22 pm
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It's Official
April 18th, 2011

As we reported earlier today, Chicago Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel has named New Yorker Jean-Claude Brizard CEO (yup, that’s what they call it there) of the Chicago schools.

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Brizard to Chicago?
April 18th, 2011

Jean-Claude Brizard, who spent 21 years in the city public school system as a teacher and administrator before becoming schools superintendent in Rochester, is apparently likely to head Chicago’s public school system, according to various reports this morning.

The move, which newly elected Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is expected to announce, today will be a huge step up for Brizard, a native of Haiti who launched his career by teaching junior high school science. The Rochester schools have 32,000 students; Chicago has the nation’s third largest system with about 410,000 students in 675 schools.

Brizard served as a regional superintendent and as executive director for secondary schools in New York City. He holds masters degrees from City College and Queens College, as well as a bachelors degree in chemistry from Queens College. Brizard most recently made news in the city when he served on the panel that advised state Education Commissioner David Steiner against granting an unconditional waiver to allow Cathie Black to become city schools chancellor.

Rochester reaction after the jump.
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By on April 18, 2011, 11:32 am
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Walcott Speaks
April 12th, 2011

Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott told reporters today that he did not discuss altering the first in last out law with legislators today. He and Mayor Michael Bloomberg plan to continue speaking out about their position on teacher seniority despite a lack of urgency among legislators. He also denied that two deputy chancellors departed their posts because of their displeasure with Cathie Black. Walcott said that teacher layoffs, likely over 6,000, will be announced before the end of June.

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Walcott In Albany
April 12th, 2011

New Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott is in Albany today meeting with legislators, reintroducing himself in his new role. Walcott is not exactly an unfamiliar face in Albany–he was a major player in negotiating a renewal of mayoral control in 2009.

Meanwhile State Education Commissioner David Steiner, the man who granted Cathie Black a waiver to be schools chancellor despite her lack of education experience, has announced that a nine member panel will meet on April 13 to decide whether to recommend granting Walcott a waiver. The decision to grant a waiver is ultimately Steiner’s.

Walcott is expected to get a Waiver. Although he does not have experience as a school superintendent, or the qualifications to be given a superintendent’s certificate as is required for the job, the law allows Steiner to grant a waiver if the candidate is “exceptionally qualified.”

Walcott has a master’s in education and taught kindergarten for two years.

Steiner announced he would be stepping down from his post on the same day that Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Black’s departure and Walcott’s appointment.

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Walcott Visits the Council
April 8th, 2011

In his first visit to the City Council as the schools chancellor designee, Deputy Mayor Dennis Walcott was informed, cordial and calm.

Most council members lauded him. All of them offered congratulations.

“You are much more knowledgeable than Cathie Black,” said Councilmember Letitia James. “You are much more accessible.”

And that praise came despite the fact Walcott was the bearer of bad news. Toeing the administration’s line, Walcott slammed state budget cuts to the five boroughs, claiming the city was treated unfairly. While the Campaign for Fiscal Equity lawsuit was supposed to give the city its fair share of education aid, Walcott said city revenue would cover 61 percent of non-federal education spending in next year’s budget. The state would only cover 39 percent.

Walcott claimed the vast majority of controllable costs at the Department of Education go to teachers’ salaries. The only way to close a $1 billion budget gap, he said, would be to lay off teachers.

“That means, with a budget shortfall of this magnitude, a reduction in headcount is unavoidable,” Walcott said.

There was some dispute between Walcott and Education Committee Chair Robert Jackson on the administration’s proposal to repeal the city’s last in, first out policy — which requires the city lay off teachers based on seniority. The policy’s repeal is a major goal of the Bloomberg adminsitration this year.

Walcott said the city has incentives for principals to keep teachers based on skill instead of how much their salary is. Jackson, however, said the repeal of LIFO could spur discrimination — with principals getting rid of the more senior, expensive instructors in favor of cheaper, younger ones.

Ultimately, Jackson said, the issue is moot.
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By on April 8, 2011, 3:32 pm
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