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Mulgrew on DoE’s failed strategy

December 8, 2009 pm31 11:31 pm

At the last Delegate Assembly, a speaker asked if he could call Mulgrew “Mike.”

“No,” answered the union’s president, “it’s Michael.”

Today Michael Mulgrew said a few things that needed to be said, and need to be heard:

“We have had eight years of relentless focus on test prep for the state examinations that has led to sharply rising scores on those tests. But the NAEP, the most respected test, shows that our students have actually made very small gains,”

“It’s time to admit that the DOE’s education strategy is not working. The system is letting down a whole generation of kids.”

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  1. December 9, 2009 am31 10:22 am 10:22 am

    Michael Mulgrew is the president of the teachers’ union for NYC, right? And is DoE NYC’s Dept of Ed?

    I want to post this on my blog. This should be headline news.

    >the DOE’s education strategy is not working

    This is pretty much the same as Obama and Duncan’s education strategy, right?

  2. December 9, 2009 pm31 2:43 pm 2:43 pm

    Michael Mulgrew is the new (since August) president of the United Federation of Teachers (our union, here in New York City). The DoE is indeed the New York City Department of Education.

    The congruence between this and Duncan/Obama is disturbing, to say the least.

    jd

  3. PHILIP NOBILE permalink
    December 10, 2009 pm31 4:02 pm 4:02 pm

    SURELY, PRESIDENT MULGREW KNEW THAT “THE DOE’S EDUCATION STRATEGY” WASN’T WORKING LONG BEFORE THE PREDICTABLE NAEP RESULTS. YET HE FAILED TO SAY SO WHEN IT REALLY COUNTED–DURING THE MAYORAL ELECTION. HIS CURRENT INDIGNATION IS TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE, AND TOO BAD.

  4. December 10, 2009 pm31 9:25 pm 9:25 pm

    Should he have reached the conclusion earlier? Yes.
    Is it good that he said it now? Absolutely.

    I don’t think it’s ever too late for a clear statement. Looking forward, having it is a good thing.

  5. canwetalk permalink
    December 12, 2009 pm31 12:29 pm 12:29 pm

    JD2718,

    Do you feel that the union should have endorsed Thompson? Do you feel that having these CEC hearings about closing schools in Staten Island is fair? Do you feel that everyone in the community of those closing schools should have some form of civil disobedience? Do the communities in these closing schools know and understand the NYSED’s appeal process if the PEP agrees with the closing of those schools? Should the Children First Fair Funding/Fair Student Funding HS be audited by an outside, independent ageny? Should the union met with legislators to examine the fairness of the Taylor Law? Should the union demand a moratorium on hiring new teachers until the ATRs are placed in their licensed area? When teachers are falsely accuse of an incident, should principals be automatically fired especially if the principals knew the truth? Should principals be fired or removed and returned to their prior position if it’s known that the credit accumulation and graduation rates are truly inflated? I had these thoughts.

  6. December 12, 2009 pm31 1:51 pm 1:51 pm

    Do you feel that the union should have endorsed Thompson?
    You know I do. I moved his endorsement at the DA

    Do you feel that having these CEC hearings about closing schools in Staten Island is fair?
    No. Par for the course for the DoE.

    Do you feel that everyone in the community of those closing schools should have some form of civil disobedience?
    Don’t know whether each school can or should have exactly the same response.

    Do the communities in these closing schools know and understand the NYSED’s appeal process if the PEP agrees with the closing of those schools?
    Of course they do not.

    Should the Children First Fair Funding/Fair Student Funding HS be audited by an outside, independent ageny?
    I’m not sure what you want here. I don’t particularly trust turning things over to auditors, but perhaps if you were more specific…

    Should the union met with legislators to examine the fairness of the Taylor Law?
    It’s unfair. Don’t need a meeting to determine that. And, honestly, this is not the year we will get it revised.

    Should the union demand a moratorium on hiring new teachers until the ATRs are placed in their licensed area?
    We have such a demand on record.

    When teachers are falsely accuse of an incident, should principals be automatically fired especially if the principals knew the truth?
    I know that the system is grossly tilted against the teachers, and needs to be challenged and fixed. What you suggest? Maybe. But we need to attack this very serious problem.

    Should principals be fired or removed and returned to their prior position if it’s known that the credit accumulation and graduation rates are truly inflated?
    Principals should be held accountable for cheating that they 1) ignore, 2) encourage, 3) are actively complicit in. With the seriousness going up, 1 – 3. However, the DoE officials in charge of this stuff should be held equally accountable. Fish rot from the head.

  7. canwetalk permalink
    December 12, 2009 pm31 2:56 pm 2:56 pm

    JD2718,
    I am still concerned about the Fair Student Funding which is designed to leave senior teachers out. Where money is involved corruption or deception follows.

    Thank you for your feedback.

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