Monday, June 24, 2019
Mayor Bill De Blasio Retains Too Many Bloomberg Policies For Our Schools
When Bill de Blasio ran for Mayor he claimed he was to fully fund the public schools and reduce class sizes. He also pledged to "clean house" of the Bloomberg ideology at the DOE and reduce the administrative bloat at Tweed. Instead, he appointed a Tweed insider, Carmen Farina, as Chancellor and she retained 80% of the Bloomberg policymakers and failed to reduce the administrative bloat, especially lawyers..
The Mayor and Chancellor failed to fully fund the public schools, giving them only 90% of their fair funding, despite a 6 billion dollar surplus.. Further, the Mayor and Chancellor has repeatedly refuse to reduce class sizes, despite a CFE court case that allocated State money to do that. Finally, the Chancellor continued the tricks that reduced the need for more teachers by reducing class time and limiting classes to three days for physical education, art, and music.and reduces Science from six classes to five.
The ATR pool still exists with a thousand ATRs rotating from school to school. The discrimination against senior teachers continues, and the school based fair student funding which penalizes principals who hire veteran teachers and financially incentives principals who hire inexpensive "newbie" teachers.
Now Bill de Blasio has hired an outsider as Chancellor and while the new Chancellor is starting to clean house at the DOE . However, the Chancellor's racial policies are very disturbing and are inappropriate. The well respected. Ed the Apple blog gave the Chancellor a APPR ratting of developing and to me, that's being kind. Unfortunately,, Chancellor Carranza has not tackled the problems identified above. Instead he is selecting people with questionable or no credentials to run the DOE, while not changing the policies that are damaging the NYC public school classroom.