Saturday, March 10, 2018
Will The New Chancellor Eliminate The Bloomberg Ideology That Permeates The DOE?
Starting in April, the new Chancellor, Richard Carranza, will take over the New York City school system. Obviously, any substantial changes will have to wait till the next school year, Hopefully, he will do what Carmen Farina failed to do and that is to "clean house" at the DOE. Carmen Farina was as much the problem rather than the solution as she retained 80% of the Bloomberg policymakers. Already, Carmen Farina has transferred her close friend and failed Renewal Superintendence, Amiee Horowitz. to a position she will still oversee after her retirement. I can only hope that the new Chancellor will get rid of the many Bloomberg era policymakers that has made the DOE the enemy of the classroom teachers.
In particular, Mr. Carranza should eliminate the destructive Fair Student Funding formula that discriminates against veteran teachers. Worse yet, the schools are only funded at between 88% to 90% of their fair funding while the DOE's Central Bureaucracy was cited by Controller Scott Stringer for increasing their expenses by 24% since 2012, while teacher overhead increased by only 12%.
Bring back unit based hiring that will encourage principals to hire veteran teachers without being penalized in their budget while eliminating any financial advantage to hire "newbie" teachers as it is presently.
Eliminate the ATR pool by allowing ATRs first choice in vacancies in their district. No teacher outside the district can be hired until all ATRs in the district are placed.
Reduce class sizes and ensure properly certified teachers are teaching in their content specialty.
Have a "zero tolerance policy" on academic fraud and eliminate the "double standard"when disciplining teachers and administrators.
Finally, the new Chancellor should reach out to the teachers and not just the union leadership as Carmen Farina did. The new Chancellor should allow teachers to teach the way that is best for their students and not be micromanaged by administrators. Furthermore, eliminate the Charlotte Dainelson rubric for evaluating teachers and reduce observations from 4 to 2 a year. Finally, eliminate the useless and worthless PD that makes Monday and Tuesday a living hell for teachers.