Sunday, June 14, 2015

Chancellor Carmen Farina Has No Clue What An Effective Teacher Is.



























Since Carmen Farina has taken over at Chancellor of the New York City Public Schools she preaches to whomever would listen that she wants every child to have an effective teacher in the classroom.  It matters little to her whether her audience are principals, the media, teachers, or even at the secret February meeting with the 3020-a State arbitrators, NYSUT, and DOE lawyers.  Her message is the same;  "I want all students to have effective teachers instructing them".  Nice words if you ask me but as this post will point out the Chancellor fails to "practice what she preaches".

If the disappointing Chancellor really wanted to have effective teachers in the classroom she would be pushing policies that encourage principals to hire experienced teachers to cover their vacancies and implement polices that eliminated the ATR pool by giving schools an incentive to appoint an experienced ATR to their school.  However, Chancellor Carmen Farina has instead, continued the Bloomberg/Klein ideological policy called "education on the cheap" that shortchanges the schools of vital resources and deprives students of proper educational material for their classrooms.  Her freezing of the already tight  school budget for the 2014-15 school year, despite the City's economic recovery and more money sent to DOE Central is a prime example of the continuation of the Bloomberg/Klein policy to starve the schools and the classrooms in their "education on the cheap" policy.

Moreover, rather than save over $160 million dollars annually and place experienced teachers in vacancies, Carmen Farina continues the destructive "Fair Student Funding"(FSF) formula that not only shortchanges schools of proper funding for their students but forces principals to hire the "cheapest and not the best teachers" for their schools.  The result is the most needy students get the inexperienced teachers who suffer from their own steep learning curves in the classroom.  While 50% of new teachers leave the New York City classroom in five years, over 80% will leave the school they started at by that time.  With the Open Market Transfer System, a principal cannot keep an effective teacher if a better school offers that teacher a position.  Therefore, struggling schools suffer from high teacher turnover, which a recent study shows reduces student academic achievement, and lose their best teachers to higher achieving schools.The result is while highly experienced and effective teachers languish in the ATR pool, students in low achieving schools are subjected to many inexperienced teachers who lack the classroom skills to effectively teach and the few who become a "quality teacher" will leave for more comfortable classroom environments in a higher achieving school or district.

Finally, if Chancellor Carmen Farina was really serious about having effective teachers in the 
classroom, she would reduce class sizes to the State average, penalize schools that rely on teachers uncertified in the subject they are teaching in, and ensure that inclusion classes are not being abused by putting too many special education students in the class, a common abuse of Federal and State requirements.  Even in the New York Post, an article showed the problems of having an inexperienced and uncertified teacher instructing poor and minority students. More proof can be found Here!

When it come to Chancellor Carmen Farina she talks the talk but fails to walk the walk.She's shown to be more the problem than the solution.

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

They just want to protect abusive and dishonest Leadership Principals that are destroying our schools by replacing experienced professionals with cheap professionals they can intimidate

Anonymous said...

How come all her scandals arent on the news?

Philip Nobile said...

Did someone mention Farina scandals? For the moment, they're stuck on youtube because the media won't report her mains sales--both as Superintendent and Deputy Chancellor--in the sensational, perfect storm Regents cheating case at Brooklyn's Cobble Hill High School that generated five stories in the NYT in the summer of 2005.

I have sent strong (to the point of morally certain) evidence of Farina's official misconduct to city and state agencies all the way to Cuomo. Tellingly, nobody here or in Albany has said a word in her defense.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4iVqkGmMSCY


Philip Nobile said...

Farina's most dangerous scandal in on youtube just now. Eventually, in the best of all possible worlds, the media will catch on to her dirty hands in the sensational Cobble Hill Regents cheating case. In the meantime, youtube will have to do. Comments welcome here or there.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4iVqkGmMSCY

Anonymous said...

Just using a citywide average teachers' salary to debit schools' budgets rather than the average teachers' salary for an individual school would have gone a far way toward alleviating reluctance to hire more senior staff and would have greatly reduced the ATR pool.

Anonymous said...

Everyone is reluctant to criticize her because we are waiting for her to do something or anything that would be a positive change from the Bloomberg years. I personally don't think she'll do a thing. Phil, send the YouTube clip to Eve Moskowitz - you'll get immediate action.

Anonymous said...

Farina is still playing bloomshits fiddle of education on the cheap so the press is happy with her. If for example she rid the fair student funding policy the press would be all over her wrinkly ass saying she is screwing up the system and allowing for "bad" teachers now to work in the schools... This is how the media plays games don't you know that

Philip Nobile said...

Sorry for repetition. I thought the first comment was lost.

Hina Khan said...

When it come to Chancellor Carmen Farina she talks the talk but fails to walk the walk.She's shown to be more the problem than the solution.

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Anonymous said...

Dwarka has done everything to push out experienced professionals, now the regents scores have plummeted and students that are absent for more than 10 days are passing classes. The administration goes after anyone who is not part of the corruption scheme, they get per session even though some of her supporters are not considered good teachers or good APs. The relentless quest for incompetence, dishonesty and nonsense continues. The investigators never find her guilty on nothing. It is a sham.

Anonymous said...

The mayor and Farina are touting a training program for new CTE teachers! They seem to have forgotten the hundred(s) in the ATR pool! If that isn't discrimination, I don't know what is.

Anonymous said...

Abusive Principals like Dwarka protected by the UFT, and the press silent
http://www.uftsolidarity.org/bizarre-behavior-coming-from-queens-uft-office/

Anonymous said...

Another good teacher just got removed from the classroom for speaking up against corruption in W.C. Bryant High School. Ms. DWARKA continues on a collision course, she will pay at the end.

Anonymous said...

5 year ATR says......

"Help me.......I'm melting....!"

Anonymous said...

Ms. Dwarka uses the 3020A to go after those who speak up against abusiveness and corruption, she lies in the charges and the DOE and the UFT protects her.

Anonymous said...

Dwarka and Kwait were engaged to be married. She was sleeping with him while married to the father of her children. She's a brainless bully afflicted with allopecia. The senile Carmen Fariba loves her so she cannot be punished for her crimes.

Anonymous said...

thousands*

Anonymous said...

All the bad ones get together, and they all bully their staff.

TiredofTheDOEMob said...

Is it me or does anyone else feel the DOE and UFT For that matter run like the mob?

Anonymous said...

These abusive Principals together with the Teacher Performance Unit, and the lawyers of the NYSUT are destroying careers.