Jim Callaghan Talking Baseball at the Wall Street Journal


    A New York Baseball Giant Through and Through

    By Jim Callaghan (fired by the UFT in July for trying to start a union at the NY Teacher- UFT Firing of NY Teacher Reporter)
    As the San Francisco Giants take on the Texas Rangers in the World Series, Johnny Antonelli is watching the games from his home near Rochester, N.Y., and remembering a different Giants team—the New York Giants.
    That's the team he pitched for in 1954, the last time this venerable franchise won a world championship.
    Back then, in the days before hard pitch counts, five-man rotations and bullpens stocked with set-up men, long relievers, short relievers and closers, Mr. Antonelli was the winning pitcher in the second game of the 1954 series and, two days later, came in to close out the Cleveland Indians in a four-game sweep. Unlike the drawn-out marathons of today, this Fall Classic was over in four straight days.
    Later, in 1955, Mr. Antonelli pitched a 16-inning complete game, a feat that is unlikely to be replicated.

      *This article can also be accessed if you copy and paste the entire address below into your web browser.
    http://online.wsj.com/article_email/SB10001424052702303284604575582482157451878-lMyQjAxMTAwMDMwMDEzNDAyWj.html


    IN OTHER NEWS

    Reformers Win Round One in D.C. Teachers Election
    http://www.labornotes.org/blogs/2010/10/reformers-win-round-one-dc-teachers-election

    Reformers Win Round One in D.C. Teachers Election

    by Howard Ryan | Fri, 10/29/2010 - 1:10pm

    A slate of union reformers won a narrow victory Wednesday in the first round of a teachers’ union election in Washington, D.C., and they are well positioned for a larger victory in the run-off to be held in the next few weeks.
    The 24-member reform slate, led by presidential candidate Nathan Saunders, currently the general VP of the Washington Teachers Union, came together this year to challenge WTU President George Parker, who offered virtually no resistance to the mass teacher firings and school closures implemented by recently resigned D.C. schools chief Michelle Rhee.
    The election in the 4,000-member WTU has far-reaching implications because Rhee and the D.C. school district have been celebrated as national models for the corporate version of school reform being carried out by President Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan. Both Saunders and running mate Candi Peterson, a WTU trustee and blogger who seeks the General VP slot, strongly oppose the corporate school agenda that blames teachers for the problems in public education and emphasizes privately run, non-union charter schools.
    Unofficial results, with challenged ballots not yet counted, gave Saunders a slim lead of 334-313. With two other candidates in the presidential race, none received more than 50 percent of the vote, as the WTU constitution requires, so a run-off will be held.
    The election involved four officer posts plus 20 other executive board seats. Three of the candidates fielded full 24-member slates, and “most people voted slate,” said Sean Dria Jackson, a school psychologist who serves on the WTU elections committee. Thus the run-off is expected to pit the Saunders full slate against the Parker full slate.
    Jackson believes the 234 votes for the other two candidates also represented an “anti-incumbent” vote, and that these voters will support the Saunders slate in the final round. “Sixty-five percent of the vote were teachers saying they are tired of what they’re getting,” said Jackson. “They want a union that’s a union.”
    Jackson also commented on the remarkably low turnout (22 percent) in what has been a hotly contested and highly visible race. “The non-voters are just fed up,” she said. “We tried to schedule an election four times this year, and it kept getting tied up by Parker.” The WTU election was constitutionally supposed to be completed by June 30. After a series of election irregularities and one lawsuit, the American Federation of Teachers, WTU’s parent union, imposed a trusteeship over the local and is now supervising the election

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Jim Callaghan Talking Baseball at the Wall Street Journal


    A New York Baseball Giant Through and Through

    By Jim Callaghan (fired by the UFT in July for trying to start a union at the NY Teacher- UFT Firing of NY Teacher Reporter)
    As the San Francisco Giants take on the Texas Rangers in the World Series, Johnny Antonelli is watching the games from his home near Rochester, N.Y., and remembering a different Giants team—the New York Giants.
    That's the team he pitched for in 1954, the last time this venerable franchise won a world championship.
    Back then, in the days before hard pitch counts, five-man rotations and bullpens stocked with set-up men, long relievers, short relievers and closers, Mr. Antonelli was the winning pitcher in the second game of the 1954 series and, two days later, came in to close out the Cleveland Indians in a four-game sweep. Unlike the drawn-out marathons of today, this Fall Classic was over in four straight days.
    Later, in 1955, Mr. Antonelli pitched a 16-inning complete game, a feat that is unlikely to be replicated.

      *This article can also be accessed if you copy and paste the entire address below into your web browser.
    http://online.wsj.com/article_email/SB10001424052702303284604575582482157451878-lMyQjAxMTAwMDMwMDEzNDAyWj.html


    IN OTHER NEWS

    Reformers Win Round One in D.C. Teachers Election
    http://www.labornotes.org/blogs/2010/10/reformers-win-round-one-dc-teachers-election

    Reformers Win Round One in D.C. Teachers Election

    by Howard Ryan | Fri, 10/29/2010 - 1:10pm

    A slate of union reformers won a narrow victory Wednesday in the first round of a teachers’ union election in Washington, D.C., and they are well positioned for a larger victory in the run-off to be held in the next few weeks.
    The 24-member reform slate, led by presidential candidate Nathan Saunders, currently the general VP of the Washington Teachers Union, came together this year to challenge WTU President George Parker, who offered virtually no resistance to the mass teacher firings and school closures implemented by recently resigned D.C. schools chief Michelle Rhee.
    The election in the 4,000-member WTU has far-reaching implications because Rhee and the D.C. school district have been celebrated as national models for the corporate version of school reform being carried out by President Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan. Both Saunders and running mate Candi Peterson, a WTU trustee and blogger who seeks the General VP slot, strongly oppose the corporate school agenda that blames teachers for the problems in public education and emphasizes privately run, non-union charter schools.
    Unofficial results, with challenged ballots not yet counted, gave Saunders a slim lead of 334-313. With two other candidates in the presidential race, none received more than 50 percent of the vote, as the WTU constitution requires, so a run-off will be held.
    The election involved four officer posts plus 20 other executive board seats. Three of the candidates fielded full 24-member slates, and “most people voted slate,” said Sean Dria Jackson, a school psychologist who serves on the WTU elections committee. Thus the run-off is expected to pit the Saunders full slate against the Parker full slate.
    Jackson believes the 234 votes for the other two candidates also represented an “anti-incumbent” vote, and that these voters will support the Saunders slate in the final round. “Sixty-five percent of the vote were teachers saying they are tired of what they’re getting,” said Jackson. “They want a union that’s a union.”
    Jackson also commented on the remarkably low turnout (22 percent) in what has been a hotly contested and highly visible race. “The non-voters are just fed up,” she said. “We tried to schedule an election four times this year, and it kept getting tied up by Parker.” The WTU election was constitutionally supposed to be completed by June 30. After a series of election irregularities and one lawsuit, the American Federation of Teachers, WTU’s parent union, imposed a trusteeship over the local and is now supervising the election

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Do you work in one of the 47 schools slated for closing? Seeking Teachers to Mobilize Students in These Schools

    Do you work in one of the 47 schools slated for closing? The Urban Youth Collaborative is seeking teachers who can help UYC organize the students in those schools to fight back! Contact Hiram Rivera at: hiram_rivera@brown.edu or 212-328-9256

    UYC's call to teachers is below:

    The DOE has announced the names of the 47 schools they plan on closing...47!  The Urban Youth Collaborative has committed to working with teachers, students, & parents on stopping these closings. In order for us to do that, we would need to identify teachers in those schools willing to identify student leaders and students willing to organize in their schools to save their schools. Because we're a collaborative of high school students, we're looking to organize groups in high schools. Our parent organizers (NYC Coalition for Educational Justice) are going to be organizing middle and elementary schools.

    Here's the list of high schools slated to be closed. Can you please help us by identifying teachers and/or students in these schools who you think would be open to letting us come and help organize students in their high schools:


    The Bronx

    Christopher Columbus

    Monroe Acadmey for Business & Law

    Fordham Leadership Academy

    Grace H. Dodge Career & Tech

    Jane Addams HS for Academics and Careers

    John F. Kennedy HS


    Queens

    Beach Channel

    Jamaica

    August Martin

    Grover Cleveland

    John Adams

    Newton

    Richmond Hill


    Brooklyn

    Metropolitan Corporate Academy

    Paul Roberson

    William H. Maxwell

    Boys & Girls

    John Dewey

    Sheepshead Bay


    Manhattan

    Norman ThomasHS for Graphic Communication Arts

    Washington Irving


    For more info contact Hiram: hiram_rivera@brown.edu or 212-328-9256

    Thank you.

    www.urbanyouthcollaborative.org

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Do you work in one of the 47 schools slated for closing? Seeking Teachers to Mobilize Students in These Schools

    Do you work in one of the 47 schools slated for closing? The Urban Youth Collaborative is seeking teachers who can help UYC organize the students in those schools to fight back! Contact Hiram Rivera at: hiram_rivera@brown.edu or 212-328-9256

    UYC's call to teachers is below:

    The DOE has announced the names of the 47 schools they plan on closing...47!  The Urban Youth Collaborative has committed to working with teachers, students, & parents on stopping these closings. In order for us to do that, we would need to identify teachers in those schools willing to identify student leaders and students willing to organize in their schools to save their schools. Because we're a collaborative of high school students, we're looking to organize groups in high schools. Our parent organizers (NYC Coalition for Educational Justice) are going to be organizing middle and elementary schools.

    Here's the list of high schools slated to be closed. Can you please help us by identifying teachers and/or students in these schools who you think would be open to letting us come and help organize students in their high schools:


    The Bronx

    Christopher Columbus

    Monroe Acadmey for Business & Law

    Fordham Leadership Academy

    Grace H. Dodge Career & Tech

    Jane Addams HS for Academics and Careers

    John F. Kennedy HS


    Queens

    Beach Channel

    Jamaica

    August Martin

    Grover Cleveland

    John Adams

    Newton

    Richmond Hill


    Brooklyn

    Metropolitan Corporate Academy

    Paul Roberson

    William H. Maxwell

    Boys & Girls

    John Dewey

    Sheepshead Bay


    Manhattan

    Norman ThomasHS for Graphic Communication Arts

    Washington Irving


    For more info contact Hiram: hiram_rivera@brown.edu or 212-328-9256

    Thank you.

    www.urbanyouthcollaborative.org

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Ravitch Reviews Waiting for Superman: The Myth of Charter Schools at NY Review of Books

    Excerpt:
    Most Americans graduated from public schools, and most went from school to college or the workplace without thinking that their school had limited their life chances. There was a time—which now seems distant—when most people assumed that students’ performance in school was largely determined by their own efforts and by the circumstances and support of their family, not by their teachers. There were good teachers and mediocre teachers, even bad teachers, but in the end, most public schools offered ample opportunity for education to those willing to pursue it. The annual Gallup poll about education shows that Americans are overwhelmingly dissatisfied with the quality of the nation’s schools, but 77 percent of public school parents award their own child’s public school a grade of A or B, the highest level of approval since the question was first asked in 1985.

    Waiting for “Superman” and the other films appeal to a broad apprehension that the nation is falling behind in global competition. If the economy is a shambles, if poverty persists for significant segments of the population, if American kids are not as serious about their studies as their peers in other nations, the schools must be to blame. At last we have the culprit on which we can pin our anger, our palpable sense that something is very wrong with our society, that we are on the wrong track, and that America is losing the race for global dominance. It is not globalization or deindustrialization or poverty or our coarse popular culture or predatory financial practices that bear responsibility: it’s the public schools, their teachers, and their unions. 

     MUST READ FULL REVIEW

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Ravitch Reviews Waiting for Superman: The Myth of Charter Schools at NY Review of Books

    Excerpt:
    Most Americans graduated from public schools, and most went from school to college or the workplace without thinking that their school had limited their life chances. There was a time—which now seems distant—when most people assumed that students’ performance in school was largely determined by their own efforts and by the circumstances and support of their family, not by their teachers. There were good teachers and mediocre teachers, even bad teachers, but in the end, most public schools offered ample opportunity for education to those willing to pursue it. The annual Gallup poll about education shows that Americans are overwhelmingly dissatisfied with the quality of the nation’s schools, but 77 percent of public school parents award their own child’s public school a grade of A or B, the highest level of approval since the question was first asked in 1985.

    Waiting for “Superman” and the other films appeal to a broad apprehension that the nation is falling behind in global competition. If the economy is a shambles, if poverty persists for significant segments of the population, if American kids are not as serious about their studies as their peers in other nations, the schools must be to blame. At last we have the culprit on which we can pin our anger, our palpable sense that something is very wrong with our society, that we are on the wrong track, and that America is losing the race for global dominance. It is not globalization or deindustrialization or poverty or our coarse popular culture or predatory financial practices that bear responsibility: it’s the public schools, their teachers, and their unions. 

     MUST READ FULL REVIEW

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Everybody Loves Tony Avella - GET OUT THE VOTE

    Even the UFT which is not supporting the lousy incumbent for a change. The tributes are pouring in for Tony. And the NY Times too.

    When he ran for mayor many of us fighting the ed deformers really got to know and like Tony for his stands. When GEM came out to support the PS 123 community in Harlem against the Evil Moskowitz HSA invasion, Tony was there at 8am. Boy if he had been the Democratic candidate instead of Bill Thompson, who was apparently half in Bloomberg's pocket we might have had some real fun.
    Now Tony is running for NY State Senate- WOW! INTEGRITY in that body – if he wins.

    Gary Babab posted this on the NYCEdParent Blog:

    Tony Avella for State Senate

    I usually write parody for the NYC Parent Blog, but this is not parody. I usually don’t make political endorsements on the blog, but this is a political endorsement. Why? Because so much hangs in the balance in NY State Senate District 11 (Northeast Queens), and Tony Avella warrants the support of parents, teachers, and anyone else who values public education in NY State.

    Tony’s positions on education are long standing and unequivocal. He has been a fierce critic of Chancellor Klein’s and Mayor Bloomberg’s dictatorial control. He has called for the firing of the Chancellor, the hiring of a real educator for the position, and for the re-establishment true parent involvement in the schools.

    Tony’s opponent, incumbent Senator Frank Padavan, was instrumental in the renewal of Mayoral control. And lest anyone wonder about Padavan’s relationship with the Mayor and Chancellor, during a hotly contested 2008 race, the DOE renamed the Glen Oaks school campus for Mr. Padavan – jumping the gun by a good number of years, judging by the Senator’s apparent good health, given that one is supposed to be deceased to have a school named after him.

    I have dealt with Tony Avella, through my work, since he was elected to the City Council in 2001. I have had a number of conversations with him over the years about education, and have found him to be consistent and sincere in his support for parents and children, with a keen grasp of the issues.

    But beyond that, I have found him to be that rare creature, an honest politician. One example: He declined to serve on the advisory board of the program I direct – not because there was anything wrong with doing so (other politicians serve on such boards), but because, since he obtained discretionary Council funding for the program, he wanted to avoid even the slightest hint of conflict of interest.

    Tony is also that rare politician who actually takes the time to listen, and would never run out from our events after just a speech and a few minutes of shaking hands. I’ll never forget our annual barbecue, or our program’s gala anniversary dinner last year, when he and his wife hung out, schmoozing, enjoying the company and the entertainment, and comfortably fitting in like the members of the community that they are. I urge everyone in Senate District 11 to get out and vote for Tony Avella on November 2. He will be a true friend in Albany.
    And this came in from Magnificent Mona Davids:
    Subject: Tony Avella for Senate GOTV

    Hi there,

    I'm writing because I need your help in getting parents, teachers and students to help out with Tony Avella's Get Out The Vote campaign.  You all know the teachers, PTA folks and community/education activists in Queens.

    We really NEED Tony Avella to win and if we can get folks to volunteer with canvassing, we can do it.  It'd be great to have him in the State Senate.

    I know many of you know he's a great supporter of public education.  He stood up against mayoral control, he speaks out against the ed deform movement and supported term limits.

    He will be our greatest supporter and ally in the State Senate.  The 11th Senate District covers Bellerose, Bayside, Little Neck, Douglaston, Jamaica Estates, New Hyde Park, Floral Park, Whitestone, College Point and Hollis.  

    Surely, there must be schools on DoE's hit list from those neighborhoods. 

    Thank you.
    Mona
    The person to contact to volunteer is Zoe Waltross, her email is zwaltrous@gmail.com
    GOTV Schedule for Volunteer Activities
    Friday, October 29th, 2010
    7 am - 9 am Visibility at Trains & Subways
    5 pm - 9 pm Door-to-door canvassing
    5 pm - 7:30 pm Visibility @ Trains and Commercial Strips
    Saturday, October 30th, 2010
    11 am - GOTV Rally @ Avella HQ (38-50 Bell Blvd, Suite C)
    11 am - 2 pm Visibility
    12 noon - 5 pm Door-to-door canvassing
    2pm - 6pm Visibility
    3:30 pm - 5pm Community Walk in Jamaica - Location: Meet at Hillside Ave & 179th Street
    5 pm - 6:30 pm South Asians for Avella GOTV Rally - Location: 257-10 Union Tpke 3rd Bellrose
    Sunday, October 31st, 2010
    10 am - 2pm Visibility
    1 pm - 4 pm Door-to-door canvassing
    2pm - 6pm Visibility
    Monday, November 1st, 2010
    7 am - 9 am Visibility @ Trains & Subways
    5 pm - 9 pm Visibility @ Trains and Commercial Strips
    Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010 - Election Day
    5:30 am - 8:30am AM Visibility 
    10 am - 3 pm  Midday Visibility
    2:30 pm - 8:30 pm Door-to-door canvass
    8:30 pm - 9:30 pm Poll closing operation

    NY TIMES ENDORSEMENT and KIDS PAC Endorsements of Avella.


    For Immediate Release: October 29, 2010
    Contact: Shino Tanikawa: (917) 770-8438
    Mel Meer:  (718) 428-3659
    Today, NYC Kids PAC endorsed Tony Avella for election as State Senator for District 11, Northeast Queens. NYC Kids PAC was formed by public school parents in 2009 to support candidates who work for the issues that matter to parents and their kids, including smaller classes; less reliance on test prep and standardized testing; more provision of art, music, science and physical education; greater parental input into decision-making at the school, district and citywide levels; and full transparency and accountability to ensure that resources are invested in these priorities.  

    As Shino Tanikawa of the Parent Commission on School Governance and NYC Kids PAC says, “Throughout his career, Tony Avella has stood up for our kids, so now we are standing up for him.  He has been a strong supporter of reducing class size, equipping our schools with the latest technology, and providing our kids with new and uncrowded facilities. He has opposed the insertion of charter schools into public school buildings, which merely makes overcrowding worse. As Councilmember, he voted against Chancellor Joel Klein’s capital plan for school construction because it was inadequate to alleviate the extreme overcrowding in Queens , as well as citywide. He is against 'teaching to the test' and for providing a rich and varied curriculum to our kids.  And as State Senator, he will work to ensure that our schools do not suffer even worse budget cuts in these tough economic times.”   

    Gary Babad of the NYC Public School Parent blog and resident of NE Queens says, “Tony Avella warrants the support of parents, teachers, and anyone else who values public education.  He has been a fierce critic of Chancellor Klein’s and Mayor Bloomberg’s dictatorial control. He has called for the firing of the Chancellor, the hiring of a real educator for the position, and for the re-establishment of true parent involvement in the schools.  Tony is sincere in his support for parents and children, with a keen grasp of the issues; beyond that, he is that rare creature, an honest politician who takes the time to listen.  I urge everyone in Senate District 11 to get out and vote for Tony Avella on November 2. He will be a true friend in Albany .”

    Mel Meer, school parent in Bayside and founding chair of Community Board 11's Education Committee:  “ Community School District 26 in NE Queens used to be a shining example of excellence; it exists now in name only. Parents having a problem at their local schools now have to grovel in downtown Manhattan to get relief. And our local high schools, including Bayside, Francis Lewis and Cardozo are bursting at the seams. Yet when it came time to vote to change the system to restore the voices of parents and teachers, Senator Padavan sponsored the legislation that did little more than continue the present system unaltered. He has also consistently voted with the Republicans for funding formulas favoring the suburbs. Clearly it's time for a change.”

    As one of the characters in Frank Capra’s classic film “State of the Union ” said: “You’ve got an honest man. You don’t know how lucky you are.” That man is Tony Avella. At every moment in the City Council he has delivered integrity and honesty. He has voted for his constituents even as he resisted enormous pressures to "go along". He has not accepted a lulu for his committee chairmanship and he has delivered real positive change for our neighborhoods. He will be a great state senator.
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    Shino Tanikawa
    Parent Commission
    NYC Kids PAC

    Apparently this is their only endorsement for State Senate in New York City.  Of course they don't mention Padavan's support for mayoral control or Avella's opposition to much of what the Mayor is doing.  Nevertheless Times support is useful in this relatively upscale district.

    Melvyn Meer


    October 28, 2010

    A Few Good Albany Candidates

    Albany needs sweeping change. Gerrymandering and anything-goes campaign finance “rules” guarantee that most of the hacks will be back next year, working to ensure nothing ever changes.
    If there is any doubt, consider this grim fact: some of the Legislature’s worst enablers — starting with the Assembly speaker, Sheldon Silver — have no opponent on the ballot. Other members of Albany’s hall of shame — Senators John Sampson, Malcolm Smith, Rubén Díaz Sr. and Carl Kruger — barely have challengers.
    The only good news is that there are a few competitive races and a few candidates committed to changing the system who are worth electing. Here is our list:
    STATE SENATE DISTRICT 11 IN QUEENS Tony Avella, a former city councilman and an independent-minded Democrat, is challenging Frank Padavan, a Republican who has served in the State Senate for almost 40 years.
    Mr. Avella supports women’s rights and promises to champion ethics reform. He is particularly interested in ending gerrymandering, citing his district as a poster child for the way electoral borders are drawn to ensure incumbents keep getting elected. Although Mr. Padavan has fought admirably against casinos and human trafficking, he has also fought against women’s reproductive rights, same-sex marriage and immigration reform.
    We support Tony Avella, the Democrat, in District 11.

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Everybody Loves Tony Avella - GET OUT THE VOTE

    Even the UFT which is not supporting the lousy incumbent for a change. The tributes are pouring in for Tony. And the NY Times too.

    When he ran for mayor many of us fighting the ed deformers really got to know and like Tony for his stands. When GEM came out to support the PS 123 community in Harlem against the Evil Moskowitz HSA invasion, Tony was there at 8am. Boy if he had been the Democratic candidate instead of Bill Thompson, who was apparently half in Bloomberg's pocket we might have had some real fun.
    Now Tony is running for NY State Senate- WOW! INTEGRITY in that body – if he wins.

    Gary Babab posted this on the NYCEdParent Blog:

    Tony Avella for State Senate

    I usually write parody for the NYC Parent Blog, but this is not parody. I usually don’t make political endorsements on the blog, but this is a political endorsement. Why? Because so much hangs in the balance in NY State Senate District 11 (Northeast Queens), and Tony Avella warrants the support of parents, teachers, and anyone else who values public education in NY State.

    Tony’s positions on education are long standing and unequivocal. He has been a fierce critic of Chancellor Klein’s and Mayor Bloomberg’s dictatorial control. He has called for the firing of the Chancellor, the hiring of a real educator for the position, and for the re-establishment true parent involvement in the schools.

    Tony’s opponent, incumbent Senator Frank Padavan, was instrumental in the renewal of Mayoral control. And lest anyone wonder about Padavan’s relationship with the Mayor and Chancellor, during a hotly contested 2008 race, the DOE renamed the Glen Oaks school campus for Mr. Padavan – jumping the gun by a good number of years, judging by the Senator’s apparent good health, given that one is supposed to be deceased to have a school named after him.

    I have dealt with Tony Avella, through my work, since he was elected to the City Council in 2001. I have had a number of conversations with him over the years about education, and have found him to be consistent and sincere in his support for parents and children, with a keen grasp of the issues.

    But beyond that, I have found him to be that rare creature, an honest politician. One example: He declined to serve on the advisory board of the program I direct – not because there was anything wrong with doing so (other politicians serve on such boards), but because, since he obtained discretionary Council funding for the program, he wanted to avoid even the slightest hint of conflict of interest.

    Tony is also that rare politician who actually takes the time to listen, and would never run out from our events after just a speech and a few minutes of shaking hands. I’ll never forget our annual barbecue, or our program’s gala anniversary dinner last year, when he and his wife hung out, schmoozing, enjoying the company and the entertainment, and comfortably fitting in like the members of the community that they are. I urge everyone in Senate District 11 to get out and vote for Tony Avella on November 2. He will be a true friend in Albany.
    And this came in from Magnificent Mona Davids:
    Subject: Tony Avella for Senate GOTV

    Hi there,

    I'm writing because I need your help in getting parents, teachers and students to help out with Tony Avella's Get Out The Vote campaign.  You all know the teachers, PTA folks and community/education activists in Queens.

    We really NEED Tony Avella to win and if we can get folks to volunteer with canvassing, we can do it.  It'd be great to have him in the State Senate.

    I know many of you know he's a great supporter of public education.  He stood up against mayoral control, he speaks out against the ed deform movement and supported term limits.

    He will be our greatest supporter and ally in the State Senate.  The 11th Senate District covers Bellerose, Bayside, Little Neck, Douglaston, Jamaica Estates, New Hyde Park, Floral Park, Whitestone, College Point and Hollis.  

    Surely, there must be schools on DoE's hit list from those neighborhoods. 

    Thank you.
    Mona
    The person to contact to volunteer is Zoe Waltross, her email is zwaltrous@gmail.com
    GOTV Schedule for Volunteer Activities
    Friday, October 29th, 2010
    7 am - 9 am Visibility at Trains & Subways
    5 pm - 9 pm Door-to-door canvassing
    5 pm - 7:30 pm Visibility @ Trains and Commercial Strips
    Saturday, October 30th, 2010
    11 am - GOTV Rally @ Avella HQ (38-50 Bell Blvd, Suite C)
    11 am - 2 pm Visibility
    12 noon - 5 pm Door-to-door canvassing
    2pm - 6pm Visibility
    3:30 pm - 5pm Community Walk in Jamaica - Location: Meet at Hillside Ave & 179th Street
    5 pm - 6:30 pm South Asians for Avella GOTV Rally - Location: 257-10 Union Tpke 3rd Bellrose
    Sunday, October 31st, 2010
    10 am - 2pm Visibility
    1 pm - 4 pm Door-to-door canvassing
    2pm - 6pm Visibility
    Monday, November 1st, 2010
    7 am - 9 am Visibility @ Trains & Subways
    5 pm - 9 pm Visibility @ Trains and Commercial Strips
    Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010 - Election Day
    5:30 am - 8:30am AM Visibility 
    10 am - 3 pm  Midday Visibility
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    NY TIMES ENDORSEMENT and KIDS PAC Endorsements of Avella.


    For Immediate Release: October 29, 2010
    Contact: Shino Tanikawa: (917) 770-8438
    Mel Meer:  (718) 428-3659
    Today, NYC Kids PAC endorsed Tony Avella for election as State Senator for District 11, Northeast Queens. NYC Kids PAC was formed by public school parents in 2009 to support candidates who work for the issues that matter to parents and their kids, including smaller classes; less reliance on test prep and standardized testing; more provision of art, music, science and physical education; greater parental input into decision-making at the school, district and citywide levels; and full transparency and accountability to ensure that resources are invested in these priorities.  

    As Shino Tanikawa of the Parent Commission on School Governance and NYC Kids PAC says, “Throughout his career, Tony Avella has stood up for our kids, so now we are standing up for him.  He has been a strong supporter of reducing class size, equipping our schools with the latest technology, and providing our kids with new and uncrowded facilities. He has opposed the insertion of charter schools into public school buildings, which merely makes overcrowding worse. As Councilmember, he voted against Chancellor Joel Klein’s capital plan for school construction because it was inadequate to alleviate the extreme overcrowding in Queens , as well as citywide. He is against 'teaching to the test' and for providing a rich and varied curriculum to our kids.  And as State Senator, he will work to ensure that our schools do not suffer even worse budget cuts in these tough economic times.”   

    Gary Babad of the NYC Public School Parent blog and resident of NE Queens says, “Tony Avella warrants the support of parents, teachers, and anyone else who values public education.  He has been a fierce critic of Chancellor Klein’s and Mayor Bloomberg’s dictatorial control. He has called for the firing of the Chancellor, the hiring of a real educator for the position, and for the re-establishment of true parent involvement in the schools.  Tony is sincere in his support for parents and children, with a keen grasp of the issues; beyond that, he is that rare creature, an honest politician who takes the time to listen.  I urge everyone in Senate District 11 to get out and vote for Tony Avella on November 2. He will be a true friend in Albany .”

    Mel Meer, school parent in Bayside and founding chair of Community Board 11's Education Committee:  “ Community School District 26 in NE Queens used to be a shining example of excellence; it exists now in name only. Parents having a problem at their local schools now have to grovel in downtown Manhattan to get relief. And our local high schools, including Bayside, Francis Lewis and Cardozo are bursting at the seams. Yet when it came time to vote to change the system to restore the voices of parents and teachers, Senator Padavan sponsored the legislation that did little more than continue the present system unaltered. He has also consistently voted with the Republicans for funding formulas favoring the suburbs. Clearly it's time for a change.”

    As one of the characters in Frank Capra’s classic film “State of the Union ” said: “You’ve got an honest man. You don’t know how lucky you are.” That man is Tony Avella. At every moment in the City Council he has delivered integrity and honesty. He has voted for his constituents even as he resisted enormous pressures to "go along". He has not accepted a lulu for his committee chairmanship and he has delivered real positive change for our neighborhoods. He will be a great state senator.
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    Shino Tanikawa
    Parent Commission
    NYC Kids PAC

    Apparently this is their only endorsement for State Senate in New York City.  Of course they don't mention Padavan's support for mayoral control or Avella's opposition to much of what the Mayor is doing.  Nevertheless Times support is useful in this relatively upscale district.

    Melvyn Meer


    October 28, 2010

    A Few Good Albany Candidates

    Albany needs sweeping change. Gerrymandering and anything-goes campaign finance “rules” guarantee that most of the hacks will be back next year, working to ensure nothing ever changes.
    If there is any doubt, consider this grim fact: some of the Legislature’s worst enablers — starting with the Assembly speaker, Sheldon Silver — have no opponent on the ballot. Other members of Albany’s hall of shame — Senators John Sampson, Malcolm Smith, Rubén Díaz Sr. and Carl Kruger — barely have challengers.
    The only good news is that there are a few competitive races and a few candidates committed to changing the system who are worth electing. Here is our list:
    STATE SENATE DISTRICT 11 IN QUEENS Tony Avella, a former city councilman and an independent-minded Democrat, is challenging Frank Padavan, a Republican who has served in the State Senate for almost 40 years.
    Mr. Avella supports women’s rights and promises to champion ethics reform. He is particularly interested in ending gerrymandering, citing his district as a poster child for the way electoral borders are drawn to ensure incumbents keep getting elected. Although Mr. Padavan has fought admirably against casinos and human trafficking, he has also fought against women’s reproductive rights, same-sex marriage and immigration reform.
    We support Tony Avella, the Democrat, in District 11.

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Ruben Brosbe Gets Whacked....

    ....by a 2x4. No, make it a 2x10.

    NYC teacher and Gotham Schools contributer Ruben Brosbe must feel like a quarterback facing an 11 man rush since he wrote a NY Post article shilling for the publication of teacher data reports.

    First he gets hit smacked by South Bronx School who actually went back and read stuff Brosbe has written (I've never indulged).


    Ruben Brosbe Shortcomings Are A Shock To Him


    There are many Rubens I like and enjoy. I enjoy a hearty Rueben Sandwich sans Russian Dressing. I remember when my father introduced me tho this treat back in 1976 in Philadelphia. The best Rueben I ever had was an open one at the old Marty's Mug and Munch in Ardsley. I always enjoyed the erstwhile Rueben Kincaid, manager of the Partridge Family, and flunky in all of Danny's get rich schemes. And of course the singer/actor Ruben Blades. If you have never seen him on "Disorganized Crime" do so now.

    A Ruben I have no use for is New York Post guest columnist, and Gotham Schools contributor (dear God, why?), and blogger Ruben Brosbe. Ruben is one of those nebbishy, I am smarter than thou, Ivy eggheads that thinks he is smarter than everyone else, has an extremely narrow minded view of the world, and just lacks plain common sense. As my grandpa once said, "The smartest people turn out to be the stupidest." MORE
    And then Ruben gets totally whacked by NYC Educator in a "Must read" piece.

    Value Added Is Awesome, Dude

    Like, the New York Post called me?  And they were all like, dude, can you write us a column do it, dude!

    But then it came out, and it was all, well, I was all for releasing the scores because, like, not releasing them could make the union look, ya know, bad and stuff?  And like, I want to look good.  So then I was all, like, hey, let's release the grades, but let's let people know that there's other stuff we do in schools, like learning and stuff, which I, ya know, think is way cool.  And that, like, I don't just give tests in my class, but that we do all this other stuff that's mad cool.  And like, the other day, I was, like, absent, so I stayed home and the next day they were all, like, hey dude, where ya been?

    So anyway, what I want to say is, like, I want to be one of those reformer guys?  Like, I could make up cool new stuff to do in schools and get paid for it and then I could tell everyone else to do all the cool awesome stuff that I do?   And we could, like, go out to lunch and stuff?  So, anyway, they released my grades and they weren't so good, but this makes me want to make my next grades totally AWESOME, dude.  And so they should do that for, like, everyone?
     [MORE, MORE, MORE]
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    Recently published:

    Labor Notes: ‘Superman’ Tugs Heartstrings by Thumping Teachers

    Reformers Win Round One in D.C. Teachers Election
     

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Ruben Brosbe Gets Whacked....

    ....by a 2x4. No, make it a 2x10.

    NYC teacher and Gotham Schools contributer Ruben Brosbe must feel like a quarterback facing an 11 man rush since he wrote a NY Post article shilling for the publication of teacher data reports.

    First he gets hit smacked by South Bronx School who actually went back and read stuff Brosbe has written (I've never indulged).


    Ruben Brosbe Shortcomings Are A Shock To Him


    There are many Rubens I like and enjoy. I enjoy a hearty Rueben Sandwich sans Russian Dressing. I remember when my father introduced me tho this treat back in 1976 in Philadelphia. The best Rueben I ever had was an open one at the old Marty's Mug and Munch in Ardsley. I always enjoyed the erstwhile Rueben Kincaid, manager of the Partridge Family, and flunky in all of Danny's get rich schemes. And of course the singer/actor Ruben Blades. If you have never seen him on "Disorganized Crime" do so now.

    A Ruben I have no use for is New York Post guest columnist, and Gotham Schools contributor (dear God, why?), and blogger Ruben Brosbe. Ruben is one of those nebbishy, I am smarter than thou, Ivy eggheads that thinks he is smarter than everyone else, has an extremely narrow minded view of the world, and just lacks plain common sense. As my grandpa once said, "The smartest people turn out to be the stupidest." MORE
    And then Ruben gets totally whacked by NYC Educator in a "Must read" piece.

    Value Added Is Awesome, Dude

    Like, the New York Post called me?  And they were all like, dude, can you write us a column do it, dude!

    But then it came out, and it was all, well, I was all for releasing the scores because, like, not releasing them could make the union look, ya know, bad and stuff?  And like, I want to look good.  So then I was all, like, hey, let's release the grades, but let's let people know that there's other stuff we do in schools, like learning and stuff, which I, ya know, think is way cool.  And that, like, I don't just give tests in my class, but that we do all this other stuff that's mad cool.  And like, the other day, I was, like, absent, so I stayed home and the next day they were all, like, hey dude, where ya been?

    So anyway, what I want to say is, like, I want to be one of those reformer guys?  Like, I could make up cool new stuff to do in schools and get paid for it and then I could tell everyone else to do all the cool awesome stuff that I do?   And we could, like, go out to lunch and stuff?  So, anyway, they released my grades and they weren't so good, but this makes me want to make my next grades totally AWESOME, dude.  And so they should do that for, like, everyone?
     [MORE, MORE, MORE]
    ___________________
    Check out Norms Notes for a variety of articles of interest: http://normsnotes2.blogspot.com/
    Recently published:

    Labor Notes: ‘Superman’ Tugs Heartstrings by Thumping Teachers

    Reformers Win Round One in D.C. Teachers Election
     

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Bloody, Bloody Cheesecake

     It was night out again to a show - many start at 7pm on Thursdays - and for the second week in a row, the show has no intermission, a prime motivation to get out early. Of course my main motivation was checking out Juniors cheese cake after last week's great show (Brief Encounter) and lousy cheese cake experience at Lindy's (A Brief Encounter with Lindy's Cheese Cake).

    So when we heard this discussion with Jackson bio Pultizer Prize winning author John Meacham last week we got tickets to "Bloody, Bloody Jackson." The evening started out well. High in the mezz where the seats are so tight you have to sit semi-sideways. But for the 6th time in a row my wife pulled lottery winners from TDF with an aisle seat for me (you don't get to choose your seats in TDF), no mean feat. Maybe she should try to get into Harlem Success Academy.

    Well, that had to be the bloodiest awful show we have ever seen. Yes, worse than "Capeman." Less than sophomoric - freshmoric - or 8th grademoric - with historical inaccuracies - I started reading Meacham's book to get some background and also have read other stuff on Jackson recently in addition to watching a PBS documentary. So this mess tried to be both Saturday Night Live - also a dog of a show to me - and make serious political points - and it was boring too. If there were a second act, we wouldn't have been there.

    But Juniors was just down the block.

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Bloody, Bloody Cheesecake

     It was night out again to a show - many start at 7pm on Thursdays - and for the second week in a row, the show has no intermission, a prime motivation to get out early. Of course my main motivation was checking out Juniors cheese cake after last week's great show (Brief Encounter) and lousy cheese cake experience at Lindy's (A Brief Encounter with Lindy's Cheese Cake).

    So when we heard this discussion with Jackson bio Pultizer Prize winning author John Meacham last week we got tickets to "Bloody, Bloody Jackson." The evening started out well. High in the mezz where the seats are so tight you have to sit semi-sideways. But for the 6th time in a row my wife pulled lottery winners from TDF with an aisle seat for me (you don't get to choose your seats in TDF), no mean feat. Maybe she should try to get into Harlem Success Academy.

    Well, that had to be the bloodiest awful show we have ever seen. Yes, worse than "Capeman." Less than sophomoric - freshmoric - or 8th grademoric - with historical inaccuracies - I started reading Meacham's book to get some background and also have read other stuff on Jackson recently in addition to watching a PBS documentary. So this mess tried to be both Saturday Night Live - also a dog of a show to me - and make serious political points - and it was boring too. If there were a second act, we wouldn't have been there.

    But Juniors was just down the block.

    ------------------
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Baltimore Redo is New York Contract circa 1995, Take Three

    We know that the Baltimore teachers rejected the contract a few weeks ago. A contract in which Randi Weingarten played a major role as part of her national strategy of selling teachers onto elements of the ed deform movement.

    Stephen Sawchuk at Ed Beat terms it Baltimore Tentative Contract, Take Two.
    ....teachers were to receive raises by collecting "achievement units" for getting good performance evaluations and participating in professional development. Hailed in some quarters as a landmark proposal, the contract also earned some snarky reaction—teachers could earn some achievement units for serving as a building rep [chapter leader in NYC]. 
    But it didn't go over well with the teaching corps, who voted down the contract by a 3-to-2 margin. The vote sent the district and union scrambling back to the bargaining table and resulted in a bunch of news stories about a perceived lack of communication between senior union folks and the rank-and-file teachers.
    Sawchuk could have very well titled his story New York Contract circa 1995, Take Three.

    In 1995 Sandy Feldman still ran the union and Randi was the clear heir apparent. She was given the job of negotiating a contract. I won't go into the details, but they so miscalculated and the contract was rejected for the first time in history. They were so confident that people would accept a 5 year deal with double zero raises in the first 2 years, a penalty for new teachers, along with extending the time it took to reach top salary from 20 to 25 years (female teachers who gave up years for child care made pointed remarks about how Feldman and Weingarten had no children) that they neglected to send out the Unity hordes to sell it.

    So they made a few modifications - 22 years for top salary instead of 25- and removed the new teacher penalty - and this time took no chances as they sent out the entire union Unity Caucus machinery to invade the schools. I was the chapter leader and wouldn't just let the District Rep filibuster the union line and forced him into debating me.

     Now Randi full well knows from here in NYC that the building reps have enormous power - which is the core of Unity strategy in controlling the union - all new reps are pulled away for weekend training sessions in which they are bound, gagged and locked into rooms and not allowed to communicate with outside forces. Actually, they are just plied with food and liquor and access to top union officials who then recruit them into Unity.

    So in Baltimore they decided to encode perks for building reps right into the contract as way of selling it. Sawchuk continues:
    Now, the word on the street from sources is that the district and union have essentially finalized a second (tentative) pact—and that the BTU was essentially shopping it to its unions' building representatives today during a four-hour meeting. "They had us all over, had us released from school, they fed us an entire meal, chicken, all this stuff, and gave us a gift at the end and sent us off with the 'newly revised' contract," a source told me this afternoon...... There appear not to be many substantial changes to the contract, merely the addition of some clarifying language, the source told me.
    Randi's henchwoman Marietta English had all sorts of excuses for the defeat. What is Randi to do with her current and former loser allies? See Chicago, Detroit, Washington DC - where Nathan and Candi got the most votes and are now in a runoff with George Parker, one of the biggest jokes of a union leader.

    Mike Antonucci at Intercepts asks Is the Baltimore Teachers Union Underestimating Its Own Members?
    After having its much-lauded contract voted down by the rank-and-file, the Baltimore Teachers Union has responded by… presenting virtually the same contract again. This isn’t sitting too well with some of the people who opposed it the first time:
    “The major reason we wanted a delay in the vote was for the democratic process and to have these details,” said Robin Bingham, a teacher who started an electronic petition against the contract until the evaluation system is complete. “I feel it’s really disrespectful to dress up the same contract and present it again.”
    The BTU campaign to get the thing approved this time seems to consist of “regional information sessions for its members with the American Federation of Teachers” and schmoozing sessions with building reps (who already have a plum in the new contract).
     Even Mike throws up his hands at this one:
    I’ve sworn off predicting the outcome of contract ratification votes, but I’ll be waiting to see if these tactics work.
    Not me. I know for a fact those tactics do work. I'm betting they sell this baby- a short term victory for Randi and crew. Give the contract a year or two in operation and then watch what happens in Baltimore.

    Can someone photoshop "Baltimore" and "2010 - and beyond" on the Randi sell-out photo?


    Ed Notes recent articles on Baltimore contract:
    Oct 16, 2010
    It seems, in a modest way, that teachers in Baltimore have essentially just handed a defeat to the education direction of the national government, our national union leadership, our local union leadership, the public schools CEO here in ...

    Oct 16, 2010
    Chicago, Baltimore, perhaps detroit, LA, who knows maybe there can be some movment if AFT locals fire back. What happened in D.C. did the opposition to AFT win that local? The movement must come from the trenches up the leaders at UFT ...
    Oct 07, 2010
    American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten called me last week full of excitement over her Baltimore local's new teachers contract. Education leaders often exaggerate when talking to journalists, but Weingarten has taken ...
    Oct 02, 2007
    BALTIMORE -- Baltimore city school teachers concerned about their contracts are planning to set up what they call informational pickets. They said the goal of the picketing is to put pressure on the administration to sign on the dotted ...

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Baltimore Redo is New York Contract circa 1995, Take Three

    We know that the Baltimore teachers rejected the contract a few weeks ago. A contract in which Randi Weingarten played a major role as part of her national strategy of selling teachers onto elements of the ed deform movement.

    Stephen Sawchuk at Ed Beat terms it Baltimore Tentative Contract, Take Two.
    ....teachers were to receive raises by collecting "achievement units" for getting good performance evaluations and participating in professional development. Hailed in some quarters as a landmark proposal, the contract also earned some snarky reaction—teachers could earn some achievement units for serving as a building rep [chapter leader in NYC]. 
    But it didn't go over well with the teaching corps, who voted down the contract by a 3-to-2 margin. The vote sent the district and union scrambling back to the bargaining table and resulted in a bunch of news stories about a perceived lack of communication between senior union folks and the rank-and-file teachers.
    Sawchuk could have very well titled his story New York Contract circa 1995, Take Three.

    In 1995 Sandy Feldman still ran the union and Randi was the clear heir apparent. She was given the job of negotiating a contract. I won't go into the details, but they so miscalculated and the contract was rejected for the first time in history. They were so confident that people would accept a 5 year deal with double zero raises in the first 2 years, a penalty for new teachers, along with extending the time it took to reach top salary from 20 to 25 years (female teachers who gave up years for child care made pointed remarks about how Feldman and Weingarten had no children) that they neglected to send out the Unity hordes to sell it.

    So they made a few modifications - 22 years for top salary instead of 25- and removed the new teacher penalty - and this time took no chances as they sent out the entire union Unity Caucus machinery to invade the schools. I was the chapter leader and wouldn't just let the District Rep filibuster the union line and forced him into debating me.

     Now Randi full well knows from here in NYC that the building reps have enormous power - which is the core of Unity strategy in controlling the union - all new reps are pulled away for weekend training sessions in which they are bound, gagged and locked into rooms and not allowed to communicate with outside forces. Actually, they are just plied with food and liquor and access to top union officials who then recruit them into Unity.

    So in Baltimore they decided to encode perks for building reps right into the contract as way of selling it. Sawchuk continues:
    Now, the word on the street from sources is that the district and union have essentially finalized a second (tentative) pact—and that the BTU was essentially shopping it to its unions' building representatives today during a four-hour meeting. "They had us all over, had us released from school, they fed us an entire meal, chicken, all this stuff, and gave us a gift at the end and sent us off with the 'newly revised' contract," a source told me this afternoon...... There appear not to be many substantial changes to the contract, merely the addition of some clarifying language, the source told me.
    Randi's henchwoman Marietta English had all sorts of excuses for the defeat. What is Randi to do with her current and former loser allies? See Chicago, Detroit, Washington DC - where Nathan and Candi got the most votes and are now in a runoff with George Parker, one of the biggest jokes of a union leader.

    Mike Antonucci at Intercepts asks Is the Baltimore Teachers Union Underestimating Its Own Members?
    After having its much-lauded contract voted down by the rank-and-file, the Baltimore Teachers Union has responded by… presenting virtually the same contract again. This isn’t sitting too well with some of the people who opposed it the first time:
    “The major reason we wanted a delay in the vote was for the democratic process and to have these details,” said Robin Bingham, a teacher who started an electronic petition against the contract until the evaluation system is complete. “I feel it’s really disrespectful to dress up the same contract and present it again.”
    The BTU campaign to get the thing approved this time seems to consist of “regional information sessions for its members with the American Federation of Teachers” and schmoozing sessions with building reps (who already have a plum in the new contract).
     Even Mike throws up his hands at this one:
    I’ve sworn off predicting the outcome of contract ratification votes, but I’ll be waiting to see if these tactics work.
    Not me. I know for a fact those tactics do work. I'm betting they sell this baby- a short term victory for Randi and crew. Give the contract a year or two in operation and then watch what happens in Baltimore.

    Can someone photoshop "Baltimore" and "2010 - and beyond" on the Randi sell-out photo?


    Ed Notes recent articles on Baltimore contract:
    Oct 16, 2010
    It seems, in a modest way, that teachers in Baltimore have essentially just handed a defeat to the education direction of the national government, our national union leadership, our local union leadership, the public schools CEO here in ...

    Oct 16, 2010
    Chicago, Baltimore, perhaps detroit, LA, who knows maybe there can be some movment if AFT locals fire back. What happened in D.C. did the opposition to AFT win that local? The movement must come from the trenches up the leaders at UFT ...
    Oct 07, 2010
    American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten called me last week full of excitement over her Baltimore local's new teachers contract. Education leaders often exaggerate when talking to journalists, but Weingarten has taken ...
    Oct 02, 2007
    BALTIMORE -- Baltimore city school teachers concerned about their contracts are planning to set up what they call informational pickets. They said the goal of the picketing is to put pressure on the administration to sign on the dotted ...

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Leo Casey to NYC Public School Teachers: My Word Is Not Worth Much Either

    Not a day goes by that the actions of the UFT/AFT/Unity Caucus leadership doesn't remind me of the joke about the guy who murders his parents and pleads mercy on the grounds he was an orphan.

    I rarely read Edwize, the UFT useless propaganda forum for Leo Casey, who almost never fails to reveal his intellectual dishonesty. I certainly don't read Casey with a full stomach. But I was tipped to this priceless piece titled "Joel Klein To NYC Public School Teachers: My Word Is Worthless"where Casey castigates Joel Klein for lying about the publication of teacher data scores. Casey opens with his first misdirection, taking out the crying towel.
     As part of an agreement between the NYC DoE and the UFT on the then new Teacher Data Initiative [TDI], a “Dear Colleague” letter was sent by Chancellor Klein to all New York City public school teachers in October 2008.
    Who co-signed the letter with Klein? Someone named Randi Weingarten.

    I'll let Casey go on so I can get this over with and eat. Try not to injure yourself as you roll on the floor with laughter.
     According to the letter, the TDI was to be:
    …a new tool to help teachers learn about their own strengths and opportunities for development …The teacher Data Reports are not to be used for evaluation purposes. That is, they won’t be used in tenure determinations or the annual rating process.
    Now we all knew that the TDI was a crock and that the assurances Casey and the gang gave the members meant nothing. And they knew it. Klein had so often lied and manipulated every agreement with the UFT people were left thinking: How stupid could people like Casey and Weingarten be? But you know I don't think they are stupid. I think they are Vichyite collaborators. Leo continues to whine:
    Klein chose the venues of an letter and an op-ed [to defend his position on releasing the names] because it meant he would not have to answer reporters’ embarrassing questions about his broken promise to NYC public school teachers.
    Oh, those broken promises. Is that why Casey is writing on Edwize - so he won't have to answer to his own broken promises? Now comes the best part:
    It doesn’t matter that the NYC DoE Teacher Data Reports have been discredited as meaningful measures of student learning: based entirely on state exams found to be invalid by national testing expert and Harvard University Professor Dan Koretz, using an underdeveloped methodology that has as many as 1 in 4 teachers fluctuating from the highest to lowest percentiles year to year, and filled with dirty data that misidentifies the students a teacher has taught, the TDRs are just the latest example of deliberate misinformation from Tweed promulgated solely for political purposes.
    &^%%$%##

    OK. I just finished smacking my head against the wall. Leo - we always knew this stuff was invalid. BUT YOU SIGNED ON TO TDI ANYWAY. Watch Casey wiggle away by saying the studies came out after they gave the teachers away on a platter.

    Try telling me the UFT leadership is not Vichy.

    AFTER BURN
    Read the Klein/Weingarten letter:

    Run, don't walk, to reread my Aug. 24, 2010 post:
    My favorite Vichy moment happened at last October's Delegates Assembly when Mulgrew opposed a resolution in favor of endorsing Bill Thompson for mayor. In a shocking surrender of conscience, he winked that the delegates could vote for ....

    AFTER BURN 2
    This just came in on the NYCED News Listserve





    Marcus Winters of the Manhattan Institute, usually a supporter of any right-wing, hair-brained education idea of the mayor or Klein, says only 41% of the Teacher data reports have at least three years worth of data and are semi-reliable. 

    He also recommends only releasing the top 5% and bottom 5% of scorers because of the remaining margin of error.

    Already the no. of teachers represented—only 4-8th grade teachers in English or math – receive these reports.  So now we are talking about far less than 4% of teachers who should be targeted? 

    Also, the Mathematica report said that there was a 25-35% chance the worst teachers would be misidentified as the best and vice versa based on these scores; which means that of the 1% or less of teachers whose scores would be released, there would still be up to a 25% chance of getting their ranking wrong. 

    Altogether a useless proposition that should be quickly rejected.



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Leo Casey to NYC Public School Teachers: My Word Is Not Worth Much Either

    Not a day goes by that the actions of the UFT/AFT/Unity Caucus leadership doesn't remind me of the joke about the guy who murders his parents and pleads mercy on the grounds he was an orphan.

    I rarely read Edwize, the UFT useless propaganda forum for Leo Casey, who almost never fails to reveal his intellectual dishonesty. I certainly don't read Casey with a full stomach. But I was tipped to this priceless piece titled "Joel Klein To NYC Public School Teachers: My Word Is Worthless"where Casey castigates Joel Klein for lying about the publication of teacher data scores. Casey opens with his first misdirection, taking out the crying towel.
     As part of an agreement between the NYC DoE and the UFT on the then new Teacher Data Initiative [TDI], a “Dear Colleague” letter was sent by Chancellor Klein to all New York City public school teachers in October 2008.
    Who co-signed the letter with Klein? Someone named Randi Weingarten.

    I'll let Casey go on so I can get this over with and eat. Try not to injure yourself as you roll on the floor with laughter.
     According to the letter, the TDI was to be:
    …a new tool to help teachers learn about their own strengths and opportunities for development …The teacher Data Reports are not to be used for evaluation purposes. That is, they won’t be used in tenure determinations or the annual rating process.
    Now we all knew that the TDI was a crock and that the assurances Casey and the gang gave the members meant nothing. And they knew it. Klein had so often lied and manipulated every agreement with the UFT people were left thinking: How stupid could people like Casey and Weingarten be? But you know I don't think they are stupid. I think they are Vichyite collaborators. Leo continues to whine:
    Klein chose the venues of an letter and an op-ed [to defend his position on releasing the names] because it meant he would not have to answer reporters’ embarrassing questions about his broken promise to NYC public school teachers.
    Oh, those broken promises. Is that why Casey is writing on Edwize - so he won't have to answer to his own broken promises? Now comes the best part:
    It doesn’t matter that the NYC DoE Teacher Data Reports have been discredited as meaningful measures of student learning: based entirely on state exams found to be invalid by national testing expert and Harvard University Professor Dan Koretz, using an underdeveloped methodology that has as many as 1 in 4 teachers fluctuating from the highest to lowest percentiles year to year, and filled with dirty data that misidentifies the students a teacher has taught, the TDRs are just the latest example of deliberate misinformation from Tweed promulgated solely for political purposes.
    &^%%$%##

    OK. I just finished smacking my head against the wall. Leo - we always knew this stuff was invalid. BUT YOU SIGNED ON TO TDI ANYWAY. Watch Casey wiggle away by saying the studies came out after they gave the teachers away on a platter.

    Try telling me the UFT leadership is not Vichy.

    AFTER BURN
    Read the Klein/Weingarten letter:

    Run, don't walk, to reread my Aug. 24, 2010 post:
    My favorite Vichy moment happened at last October's Delegates Assembly when Mulgrew opposed a resolution in favor of endorsing Bill Thompson for mayor. In a shocking surrender of conscience, he winked that the delegates could vote for ....

    AFTER BURN 2
    This just came in on the NYCED News Listserve





    Marcus Winters of the Manhattan Institute, usually a supporter of any right-wing, hair-brained education idea of the mayor or Klein, says only 41% of the Teacher data reports have at least three years worth of data and are semi-reliable. 

    He also recommends only releasing the top 5% and bottom 5% of scorers because of the remaining margin of error.

    Already the no. of teachers represented—only 4-8th grade teachers in English or math – receive these reports.  So now we are talking about far less than 4% of teachers who should be targeted? 

    Also, the Mathematica report said that there was a 25-35% chance the worst teachers would be misidentified as the best and vice versa based on these scores; which means that of the 1% or less of teachers whose scores would be released, there would still be up to a 25% chance of getting their ranking wrong. 

    Altogether a useless proposition that should be quickly rejected.



    Leonie Haimson
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    Check out Norms Notes for a variety of articles of interest: http://normsnotes2.blogspot.com/

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