Saunders and Peterson Win DC Election

    YIPPPEEEEE! Our pals in DC won the union election. The AFT is getting to be interesting with Karen Lewis and Nathan Saunders. Too bad our pals in Puerto Rico pulled their 40,000 teachers out of the AFT in 2003. We might have seen some interesting action in Detroit at the next AFT convention in 2012.

    Miami teacher Paul Moore posted the news with this:

    Getting Rid Of D.C.'s WTU Quisling For Rhee

    And Quislings they are. Weingarten and Mulgrew and the entire Unity AFT/UFT crew.
     
    When reported on the NYCEdNewsListserve Leonie Haimson wrote:
    With Rhee, Fenty and now Parker gone, it is a new day in DC.
     Daley going too in Chicago, as well as their schools CEO, Huberman.
     Klein leaving, but not Bloomberg unfortunately….NYC is the unluckiest of the three.

    I responded with:
    Another union victory for the anti-Weingarten forces in the AFT.

    NYC is unluckiest of the 3 because we still have Unity Caucus running the UFT.

    See video I did of Nathan Saunders and Candi Peterson at the AFT convention in Seattle this summer.
    http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=EdNotesOnline#p/u/5/v4wo0viVzT0

    Both Nathan and Candi were out in LA in the summer of 2009 when a bunch of Real Reformers (union too) met with the LA teachers union and a group from CORE in Chicago when their hope of winning the union election was slim.

    The UFT/AFT ineptness (or collaboration) is creating a more militant movement within the teachers union nationwide. Detroit may be next.
    There is a lot of back story here and Ed Notes has been on top of the DC story. Just look in the archives around April and May to see how Randi used a ruse to cancel the elections which were due to take place before the vote on the contract she negotiated with Rhee because she feared a Saunders win would jeopardize the vote.

    Now of course the vote totals were very low and a lot of hay will be made of that but if Nathan and Candi put together a democratic union we will see these numbers go up.

    WAPO reporter Bill Turque has been on top of the story in DC in a fair manner. This comment from his article is worth noting: 
    With his defeat by a margin of 556 to 480, Parker joins Rhee and Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) as the third major figure to effectively be forced from office by political fallout from the 2007-2010 school-reform movement.
    Here is Candi's first report. (click on the link to read Bill Turque's full story).

    Finally!

    Candi Peterson, blogger in residence and WTU General Vice President (effective December 1, 2010)

    The Saunders slate won in the Washington Teachers' Union run-off election Tuesday evening at the AFT headquarters. This is the second win for the Saunders slate. We were the highest vote getter in round one of the WTU election on October 27. Given that WTU's Constitution required slates receive a 51% margin to win, a run-off election was held between the top two slates; the Saunders and Parker slate.

    As I have often written about, this election has been a long protracted battle after another. To jog your memory, former" holdover" union president George Parker refused to step down and turn over union documents to the WTU Elections Committee. As a result, WTU elections were not held in May as required by our union's constitution. Long story short, AFT intervened as the WTU administrator and conducted our union elections. Fast forward to Tuesday evening and the Saunders slate can claim a victory with Nathan Saunders as the next WTU President, Candi Peterson, as the next WTU General Vice President and a host of committed and hard working Executive Board and Board of Trustee members.

    Tonight we are humbled by all of the support and look forward to building a participatory union democracy committed within the next 30 days to publishing a membership and delegate assembly meetings for SY 2010-11; approving a WTU strategic plan to address IMPACT evaluations, job security and legal issues; meeting with AFT President Randi Weingarten; meeting with DC Mayor-Elect Vincent Gray to discuss IMPACT teacher evaluations and other educational issues affecting teachers, parents and students; meeting with City Council Chairman-Elect Kwame Brown to discuss IMPACT teacher evaluations and other educational issues, meeting with the 266 wrongfully terminated teachers to discuss an immediate change in their legal strategy; meeting with retired teachers and others who have been affected by the loss of retroactive pay and benefits under the new contract, hire personnel experts and human resource consultants to assist with a teacher evaluation tool, review all outstanding grievances and arbitrations, and revamp WTU's image and legal strategy to be proactive, progressive and productive.

    Our slate looks forward to taking the helm and becoming the education-union leaders that DC teachers and school personnel deserve.

    I hope you will check out Bill Turque, Washington Post writer's coverage on "Washington Teachers' Union President George Parker loses run-off election" (click on title link for story).

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Saunders and Peterson Win DC Election

    YIPPPEEEEE! Our pals in DC won the union election. The AFT is getting to be interesting with Karen Lewis and Nathan Saunders. Too bad our pals in Puerto Rico pulled their 40,000 teachers out of the AFT in 2003. We might have seen some interesting action in Detroit at the next AFT convention in 2012.

    Miami teacher Paul Moore posted the news with this:

    Getting Rid Of D.C.'s WTU Quisling For Rhee

    And Quislings they are. Weingarten and Mulgrew and the entire Unity AFT/UFT crew.
     
    When reported on the NYCEdNewsListserve Leonie Haimson wrote:
    With Rhee, Fenty and now Parker gone, it is a new day in DC.
     Daley going too in Chicago, as well as their schools CEO, Huberman.
     Klein leaving, but not Bloomberg unfortunately….NYC is the unluckiest of the three.

    I responded with:
    Another union victory for the anti-Weingarten forces in the AFT.

    NYC is unluckiest of the 3 because we still have Unity Caucus running the UFT.

    See video I did of Nathan Saunders and Candi Peterson at the AFT convention in Seattle this summer.
    http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=EdNotesOnline#p/u/5/v4wo0viVzT0

    Both Nathan and Candi were out in LA in the summer of 2009 when a bunch of Real Reformers (union too) met with the LA teachers union and a group from CORE in Chicago when their hope of winning the union election was slim.

    The UFT/AFT ineptness (or collaboration) is creating a more militant movement within the teachers union nationwide. Detroit may be next.
    There is a lot of back story here and Ed Notes has been on top of the DC story. Just look in the archives around April and May to see how Randi used a ruse to cancel the elections which were due to take place before the vote on the contract she negotiated with Rhee because she feared a Saunders win would jeopardize the vote.

    Now of course the vote totals were very low and a lot of hay will be made of that but if Nathan and Candi put together a democratic union we will see these numbers go up.

    WAPO reporter Bill Turque has been on top of the story in DC in a fair manner. This comment from his article is worth noting: 
    With his defeat by a margin of 556 to 480, Parker joins Rhee and Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) as the third major figure to effectively be forced from office by political fallout from the 2007-2010 school-reform movement.
    Here is Candi's first report. (click on the link to read Bill Turque's full story).

    Finally!

    Candi Peterson, blogger in residence and WTU General Vice President (effective December 1, 2010)

    The Saunders slate won in the Washington Teachers' Union run-off election Tuesday evening at the AFT headquarters. This is the second win for the Saunders slate. We were the highest vote getter in round one of the WTU election on October 27. Given that WTU's Constitution required slates receive a 51% margin to win, a run-off election was held between the top two slates; the Saunders and Parker slate.

    As I have often written about, this election has been a long protracted battle after another. To jog your memory, former" holdover" union president George Parker refused to step down and turn over union documents to the WTU Elections Committee. As a result, WTU elections were not held in May as required by our union's constitution. Long story short, AFT intervened as the WTU administrator and conducted our union elections. Fast forward to Tuesday evening and the Saunders slate can claim a victory with Nathan Saunders as the next WTU President, Candi Peterson, as the next WTU General Vice President and a host of committed and hard working Executive Board and Board of Trustee members.

    Tonight we are humbled by all of the support and look forward to building a participatory union democracy committed within the next 30 days to publishing a membership and delegate assembly meetings for SY 2010-11; approving a WTU strategic plan to address IMPACT evaluations, job security and legal issues; meeting with AFT President Randi Weingarten; meeting with DC Mayor-Elect Vincent Gray to discuss IMPACT teacher evaluations and other educational issues affecting teachers, parents and students; meeting with City Council Chairman-Elect Kwame Brown to discuss IMPACT teacher evaluations and other educational issues, meeting with the 266 wrongfully terminated teachers to discuss an immediate change in their legal strategy; meeting with retired teachers and others who have been affected by the loss of retroactive pay and benefits under the new contract, hire personnel experts and human resource consultants to assist with a teacher evaluation tool, review all outstanding grievances and arbitrations, and revamp WTU's image and legal strategy to be proactive, progressive and productive.

    Our slate looks forward to taking the helm and becoming the education-union leaders that DC teachers and school personnel deserve.

    I hope you will check out Bill Turque, Washington Post writer's coverage on "Washington Teachers' Union President George Parker loses run-off election" (click on title link for story).

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John Dewey HS Fight Back Friday - Dec. 3, 3PM

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John Dewey HS Fight Back Friday - Dec. 3, 3PM

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Another DOE Scam - TAPCO - Theatre Arts Production Co. School Revealed

    UPDATE: Jan. 15, 2010 - CONTACT LEONIE HAIMSON - THIS IS REALLY HER.
    leonie haimson said...
    Instead of all these anonymous comments, please email me at leonie@att.net; and I promise I will keep your name confidential.


    This comment has been passed around from the http://jd2718.wordpress.com/ blog:
    New comment on your post "Do Not Apply"
    Author : Bronx Teacher

    I find it interesting that TAPCo was discussed on this forum.  Somehow, the Theatre Arts Production Co. School was rated the number 1 school in the NYC-DOE report cards this past month.  When the principal announced it, students fell over laughing.  The reality is that Principal Passarella knows how to cook the books and play the system.  I'm sure she's not the only one doing it, she's just the best at it.  The report card grades various stages of academic progress ... such as the number of credits each grade student has obtained.

    This is interesting because TAPCo has an almost 100% graduation rate ... funny, cause students who dropped out even graduated.  Let's see how this works:

    - teachers are not allowed to fail students.  No F's or 55's on report cards.  Any 55 is changed to an NC (No Credit).    Teachers are to give students EVERY opportunity to remove the NC ... such as copying work from friends, cheating, lying, etc.
    - teachers who do not comply and continue to fail students are terminated and removed from the school ... even if it's mid semester.  Administration will just change the failing grades to passing ones.
    - therefore, TAPCO does not have any failing students and thus, every student is on track for graduation.
    - students are also given bogus credits for classes they never took ... such as Phys Ed and Foreign Language.
    - most TAPCo students "earn" up to 14-16 credits a year, far above the 11 required for graduation.  They are given full credit for taking an Arts class once a week, a Theatre class once a week, Phys Ed classes which don't exist, Foreign Language class once a week with a "phantom" teacher who is out on disability.
    - Regents passing grades are a joke as well ... especially in ELA and US/World History.  The rubrics are vague, and the grading teachers give out 4's and 5's like candy.  A cursory review of the essays indicate that most of these students can barely string together a legitimate sentence.  Meanwhile, teachers are giving them 5's.
    - the latest insult to teachers is the development of the Inquiry Team ... or more-so, the Inquisition Team.  This is a group of the principal's favorites who use their position on the team to intimidate other teachers.  They are led by an angry, bitter little woman named Mrs. Acosta.  Acosta does not teach any classes, but goes around criticizing people's classrooms.  Her fake smile is very transparent.  She has used her "power" against teachers who have spoken up against her or disagree with her.  Her role is to report back to the principal any dissension among the teachers.
    - it's interesting how the number 1 school in the City has a teacher turnover rate of about 45%.  Don't be surprised if that number is exceeded next year.  But it's ok ... Principal Passarella knows there are plenty of teachers out there who will do anything and everything for a job.

    Steve Koss on the NYCEdNews listserve commented:


    I just this evening picked up this story while browsing Norm Scott's Education Notes blog site (www.ednotesonline.blogspot.com); seems he picked it up from another blog called JD2718 (http://jd2718.wordpress.com ). It's not surprising, but it’s still truly a must read story for its explicit and detailed confirmation of what we all know is happening.
    My challenge to Cathie Black: THIS above is, by the "management system" you are inheriting from Joel Klein, the number-one-scoring (by inference, the best-achieving) high school in NYC. Although no one at Tweed will ever admit it, we all know that this sort of "playing the system" is rampant across the entire city system, and the report card system is worse than a joke, since some parents may actually believe it is legitimate.  Given your extensive management skills and experience and your superstar reputation, not to mention your newly acquired, in-depth knowledge of schools and public education, WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT THIS SCHOOL AND HOW ARE YOU GOING TO FIX THE UNDERLYING PROBLEMS CREATED BY YOUR PREDECESSOR'S FATALLY FLAWED "MANAGEMENT SYSTEM"? 

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Another DOE Scam - TAPCO - Theatre Arts Production Co. School Revealed

    UPDATE: Jan. 15, 2010 - CONTACT LEONIE HAIMSON - THIS IS REALLY HER.
    leonie haimson said...
    Instead of all these anonymous comments, please email me at leonie@att.net; and I promise I will keep your name confidential.


    This comment has been passed around from the http://jd2718.wordpress.com/ blog:
    New comment on your post "Do Not Apply"
    Author : Bronx Teacher

    I find it interesting that TAPCo was discussed on this forum.  Somehow, the Theatre Arts Production Co. School was rated the number 1 school in the NYC-DOE report cards this past month.  When the principal announced it, students fell over laughing.  The reality is that Principal Passarella knows how to cook the books and play the system.  I'm sure she's not the only one doing it, she's just the best at it.  The report card grades various stages of academic progress ... such as the number of credits each grade student has obtained.

    This is interesting because TAPCo has an almost 100% graduation rate ... funny, cause students who dropped out even graduated.  Let's see how this works:

    - teachers are not allowed to fail students.  No F's or 55's on report cards.  Any 55 is changed to an NC (No Credit).    Teachers are to give students EVERY opportunity to remove the NC ... such as copying work from friends, cheating, lying, etc.
    - teachers who do not comply and continue to fail students are terminated and removed from the school ... even if it's mid semester.  Administration will just change the failing grades to passing ones.
    - therefore, TAPCO does not have any failing students and thus, every student is on track for graduation.
    - students are also given bogus credits for classes they never took ... such as Phys Ed and Foreign Language.
    - most TAPCo students "earn" up to 14-16 credits a year, far above the 11 required for graduation.  They are given full credit for taking an Arts class once a week, a Theatre class once a week, Phys Ed classes which don't exist, Foreign Language class once a week with a "phantom" teacher who is out on disability.
    - Regents passing grades are a joke as well ... especially in ELA and US/World History.  The rubrics are vague, and the grading teachers give out 4's and 5's like candy.  A cursory review of the essays indicate that most of these students can barely string together a legitimate sentence.  Meanwhile, teachers are giving them 5's.
    - the latest insult to teachers is the development of the Inquiry Team ... or more-so, the Inquisition Team.  This is a group of the principal's favorites who use their position on the team to intimidate other teachers.  They are led by an angry, bitter little woman named Mrs. Acosta.  Acosta does not teach any classes, but goes around criticizing people's classrooms.  Her fake smile is very transparent.  She has used her "power" against teachers who have spoken up against her or disagree with her.  Her role is to report back to the principal any dissension among the teachers.
    - it's interesting how the number 1 school in the City has a teacher turnover rate of about 45%.  Don't be surprised if that number is exceeded next year.  But it's ok ... Principal Passarella knows there are plenty of teachers out there who will do anything and everything for a job.

    Steve Koss on the NYCEdNews listserve commented:


    I just this evening picked up this story while browsing Norm Scott's Education Notes blog site (www.ednotesonline.blogspot.com); seems he picked it up from another blog called JD2718 (http://jd2718.wordpress.com ). It's not surprising, but it’s still truly a must read story for its explicit and detailed confirmation of what we all know is happening.
    My challenge to Cathie Black: THIS above is, by the "management system" you are inheriting from Joel Klein, the number-one-scoring (by inference, the best-achieving) high school in NYC. Although no one at Tweed will ever admit it, we all know that this sort of "playing the system" is rampant across the entire city system, and the report card system is worse than a joke, since some parents may actually believe it is legitimate.  Given your extensive management skills and experience and your superstar reputation, not to mention your newly acquired, in-depth knowledge of schools and public education, WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT THIS SCHOOL AND HOW ARE YOU GOING TO FIX THE UNDERLYING PROBLEMS CREATED BY YOUR PREDECESSOR'S FATALLY FLAWED "MANAGEMENT SYSTEM"? 

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Press Conferences Today and Thursday: Wear Red to School on Thursday to Protest Cathie Black

    Updated, Nov. 30, 3:00pm

    Check out the incredible testimonies given by parents and teachers at the No Waiver for Cathie Black Press Conference on Sunday, Nov 28 on the steps of Tweed. Lots of media coverage but they didn't share with the public most of what was said at the event.       

     Waiver for Cathie Black Press Conference- More of what the media did not want you to see!


    Join parents and educators as they challenge Steiner's approval of Cathleen Black as NYC Schools Chancellor:

    Tuesday:

    Who:  Deny Waiver Coalition
    What: Parents speak out against and announce challenge to Steiner's waiver decision
    Where: Steps of Tweed Courthouse, 52 Chambers St.
    When: Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 4 PM

    Thursday: 

    Who:  Parents, students and teachers, WEAR RED on Thursday in protest and join us at our rally to demand an chancellor who:
    1. HAS EDUCATION EXPERIENCE
    2. BELIEVES IN PUBLIC EDUCATION

    When: Thursday, December 2, 4:00PM

    Where:   Tweed, DOE Headquarters
      Trains – 4,5,6,N,R,J to City Hall
           2,3 to Park Place
           A,C,E to Chambers Street

    FOR MORE INFO:
    GO TO WWW.DENYWAIVER.COM
    Email:  info@denywaiver.com
    Call: Chris Owens, 718-514-4874
     Noah Gotbaum, 917-658-3213
                Mona Davids, 917-340-8987



    As widely reported, yesterday Commissioner Steiner approved a waiver for Cathie Black, a magazine executive, to become our next Chancellor, despite a total lack of educational background or qualifications.

    For more on this appointment, see our blog at http://nycpublicschoolparents.blogspot.com.  For more on the approval, including the fact that the mayor has consistently overstepped the law when it comes to our schools, see today’s Times.  What can we do?

    1-      Join the new Deny Waiver Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Deny-Waiver-Coalition/117396824992566 to keep up with the latest news and updates.

    2-      Join with parents across the city in the Deny Waiver Coalition on the steps of Tweed this Thursday, December 2, at 4 PM, and wear red to show your outrage.  Post this event on your Facebook page and invite your friends and colleagues.

    We’ve had eight long years with our schools run by a non-educator.  Class sizes have risen sharply, our children have lost art, music and science, test prep has replaced learning, and the results? 

    Black and Hispanic students have fallen even further behind their peers in other large cities, and we are the only city in the country where non-poor students actually score worse on the national tests than in 2003.

    It’s time to start fighting back. Join on Thursday, and spread the word!

    Thanks,

    Leonie Haimson
    Executive Director
    Class Size Matters


    Rise Up Red, New York!
    Thurs, Dec
    2

    ON THE STEPS OF TWEED COURTHOUSE, 4PM

    "Red Thursday" Rally to Protest Cathie Black Appointment

    You've signed the online petition, now make your voice heard as we gather to send a message to Mayor Bloomberg and NY State Education Commissioner David Steiner:

    "We want a qualified Chancellor! We don't want special deals and exemptions from the law for the Mayor's friends!"

    RSVP on Facebook (you don't need an account) ~> Facebook Event Page

    Come wearing red, and don't forget to join our Facebook and Twitter causes and share the event with fellow supporters!

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Press Conferences Today and Thursday: Wear Red to School on Thursday to Protest Cathie Black

    Updated, Nov. 30, 3:00pm

    Check out the incredible testimonies given by parents and teachers at the No Waiver for Cathie Black Press Conference on Sunday, Nov 28 on the steps of Tweed. Lots of media coverage but they didn't share with the public most of what was said at the event.       

     Waiver for Cathie Black Press Conference- More of what the media did not want you to see!


    Join parents and educators as they challenge Steiner's approval of Cathleen Black as NYC Schools Chancellor:

    Tuesday:

    Who:  Deny Waiver Coalition
    What: Parents speak out against and announce challenge to Steiner's waiver decision
    Where: Steps of Tweed Courthouse, 52 Chambers St.
    When: Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 4 PM

    Thursday: 

    Who:  Parents, students and teachers, WEAR RED on Thursday in protest and join us at our rally to demand an chancellor who:
    1. HAS EDUCATION EXPERIENCE
    2. BELIEVES IN PUBLIC EDUCATION

    When: Thursday, December 2, 4:00PM

    Where:   Tweed, DOE Headquarters
      Trains – 4,5,6,N,R,J to City Hall
           2,3 to Park Place
           A,C,E to Chambers Street

    FOR MORE INFO:
    GO TO WWW.DENYWAIVER.COM
    Email:  info@denywaiver.com
    Call: Chris Owens, 718-514-4874
     Noah Gotbaum, 917-658-3213
                Mona Davids, 917-340-8987



    As widely reported, yesterday Commissioner Steiner approved a waiver for Cathie Black, a magazine executive, to become our next Chancellor, despite a total lack of educational background or qualifications.

    For more on this appointment, see our blog at http://nycpublicschoolparents.blogspot.com.  For more on the approval, including the fact that the mayor has consistently overstepped the law when it comes to our schools, see today’s Times.  What can we do?

    1-      Join the new Deny Waiver Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Deny-Waiver-Coalition/117396824992566 to keep up with the latest news and updates.

    2-      Join with parents across the city in the Deny Waiver Coalition on the steps of Tweed this Thursday, December 2, at 4 PM, and wear red to show your outrage.  Post this event on your Facebook page and invite your friends and colleagues.

    We’ve had eight long years with our schools run by a non-educator.  Class sizes have risen sharply, our children have lost art, music and science, test prep has replaced learning, and the results? 

    Black and Hispanic students have fallen even further behind their peers in other large cities, and we are the only city in the country where non-poor students actually score worse on the national tests than in 2003.

    It’s time to start fighting back. Join on Thursday, and spread the word!

    Thanks,

    Leonie Haimson
    Executive Director
    Class Size Matters


    Rise Up Red, New York!
    Thurs, Dec
    2

    ON THE STEPS OF TWEED COURTHOUSE, 4PM

    "Red Thursday" Rally to Protest Cathie Black Appointment

    You've signed the online petition, now make your voice heard as we gather to send a message to Mayor Bloomberg and NY State Education Commissioner David Steiner:

    "We want a qualified Chancellor! We don't want special deals and exemptions from the law for the Mayor's friends!"

    RSVP on Facebook (you don't need an account) ~> Facebook Event Page

    Come wearing red, and don't forget to join our Facebook and Twitter causes and share the event with fellow supporters!

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DOE Warns Courtney Ross at Ross Gobal Charter: The Real Reformers are Coming, The Real Reformers are Coming

    Courtney Sales Ross' Robocall Warning of Anti-Charter School Attendees at Meeting. Ross' charter school was tossed out of Tweed and many consider it in the running for one of the worst schools in NYC with countless principals and other problems. There are stories that Ross is a pal of Joel Klein's wife. He authorized the opening of the school and it has been protected despite the poor results.

    Ross is the widow of deceased Time-Warner head Steve Ross, whose bio I read and was a fascinating figure (grew up around Newkirk Ave in Brooklyn- look what his inheritance has unleashed on the world.)

    Read Lisa Donlan's account of the meeting as it scrolls over Ross' call to parents to come out. 

    Here is the you tube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2CJTnWjv_cc

    Also see at Norms Notes 

    Council for District One On Ross Global Academy charter school DoE authorized charter renewal hearing 11/22/20120



    Here is what Lisa wrote that is scrolling:
    The unconscionably unfair and undemocratic manner in which last night's public hearing on the Ross Global Academy Charter School charter renewal was conducted, has left grave doubts about the integrity of the DoE's charter renewal process. We have material evidence and 5 eye witness accounts that demonstrate the hearing protocol was not respected and that RGACS commandeered the public hearing to turn it into a pep rally and spectacle, rather than the somber review of the school's merit and progress that a charter renewal hearing is intended to be.

    The DoE hearing notice (below) made clear that speaker sign up was from 6:00- 6:30 pm, and the hearing would begin at 6:30pm.

     Yet the RGACS entrance was covered in signs that declared that the hearing doors opened at 4:30.

     Stationed at the entrance, RGA staff in "I Heart RGA" T-Shirts insisted that attendees sign in with them, and give over their personal contact information to RGACS staff.
     I refused to do so, stating that I would only sign in with the DoE as a speaker but the school principal harassed me until I signed in with RGACS.
     Thereafter, the RGACS staff began addressing me by name, and shadowing my movements, in an attempt to intimidate and dissuade me and other parents from participating in the public hearing.

     Most troubling was RGACS's bold act of overtly lining up their own speakers as early as 4:30 pm, such that by 5:30 pm there were more than 50 speakers, and by 5:45 there were well over 65 speakers in "line."

     RGACS staff also wrongly offered to collect written comments from speakers on their index cards. They told attendees that entering the auditorium would nullify their chance to speak, and that only lining up behind the 50 or so parents- to whom snacks, juice boxes and T-shirts had been provided- would allow an attendee an opportunity to speak.
     Furthermore, those of us who waited in the auditorium for DoE's arrival with the real sign up sheet were pushed aside by a gentleman from RGACS with a walkie talkie who blocked all access to the sign up sheet except for his group of 60 odd RGA supporters.

    Attendees that arrived at hte hearing shortly before 6 pm were thus placed in the mid to high 60th place on the speaker list, due to this subversion of the sign up process by RGACS.

    The DoE Charter School Office staff was duly informed of these antics and agreed they were unacceptable.
     However, the DoE employees refused to do anything to correct their own inability to manage the process, effectively handing over the hearing to the RGACS staff.

    At that point 6 of the non RGACS parents and electeds who had come to testify deemed the hearing a farce, and we chose to leave, rather than participate in a tainted hearing.

    It is interesting to note that the founder of RGACS, Ms. Courtney Sales Ross was allowed to speak first, and at length. while all other speakers were alloted 2 minutes apiece. Had we deemed to stay through the hearing, those of us with numbers in the high  60's would have had to wait another 2  1/2 hours or more, past 9 or 9:30 pm, in order to speak at a hearing we'd arrived at at 5:30 pm.
    I attach here the testimony I would have delivered on behalf of the CEC for District One, and am counting on all those copied here to please ensure that it is registered and duly recorded.

     I look forward to hearing back from all of you exactly the remedies and consequences you will prescribe to ensure that a democratic and safe hearing for this and all charter sitings, revisions and renewals will be the rule, as called for by law.
    Without your oversight and correction, the charter hearing process, and thus the results, are a mere sham.

    Lisa Donlan
     CEC One
    President




    Lisa Donlan also has done some research:

    Comparisons of RGACS performance as measured by NYS assessment with peer group schools
















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    It has been widely documented that high needs students do not have access to  charter schools in the same proportions as public schools, especially special education and English Language Learners, so it is important to compare schools with similar demographics, as you will recall from our emails re: Girls Prep achievement/peer group/demographics.

    Below I looked at a few schools picked randomly from the DoE progress report " peer group" that RGA is compared with.
    Most have many more poor students, especially more "free lunch" eligible students, and none appeared to be clear matches in terms of the same ethnic mix, in my quick and dirty survey.

    Please check my work- I just took quick averages, and there could be mistakes in my recording/calculations!
    This is a job that could be done thoroughly in a few hours, though.


    2006-07

     32 students at RGA had IEPs ( of which 15 received only SETTS), so 32/190 or 17% of students had IEPs but  17/190 or  
    9% = Special education students

    Only  1 RGA student/190 classified as ELL= 0.5%

    You'd need to compare w/ NYC and District One for benchmarks, for these groups,
    ie: District One= 10% LEP in  2006-07

    There is no RGA progress report to find comparable peers, but I am sure comparison w/ the schools repeated on the peer lists would show the same patterns below- DEMOGRAPHICS DO MATTER, and RGA is not out performing like schools, only schools with MUCH higher rates of poverty, ELL students and special education students.

    NYC                                                             RGA                                               
    51% reached levels 3 or 4 in ELA                  60% reached levels 3 or 4 in ELA             
    65% reached levels 3 or 4 in Math                76% reached levels 3 or 4 in Math                                      


    2007-08

    In 2007-08, only 5 RGA students, or less than  3%, were classified as LEP
    while in District One for example 12% of students were LEP

    32/268 RGA  students had IEPs, or 11%, but how many were just receiving SETTS?

     in  NYC 14.2% of students were Special Ed students in 2007-08


    NYC                                                              RGA                                           Manhattan School for Children
    58% reached levels 3 or 4 in ELA                  73% reached levels 3 or 4 in ELA       84% reached levels 3 or 4 in ELA  
    75% reached levels 3 or 4 in Math                 83% reached levels 3 or 4 in ELA      88% reached levels 3 or 4 in ELA  


     PS 126 Jacob RIIS                                       PS 122 Mamie Fay                      PS/IS 217  Roosevelt Island
    85% reached levels 3 or 4 in ELA                  79% reached levels 3 or 4 in ELA       67% reached levels 3 or 4 in ELA  
    85% reached levels 3 or 4 in Math                 96% reached levels 3 or 4 in ELA      84% reached levels 3 or 4 in ELA  
                                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                    
    2008-09


    In 2008-09, 40/399 RGA students had IEPs or 10%, 
    and 10 students were classified as ELL’s or 2.5% 

    District One 12% = ELL 
     In NYC 14.2% =  ELL

    NYC                                                                      RGA                                            Manhattan School for Children
    70% reached levels 3 or 4 in ELA                  73% reached levels 3 or 4 in ELA             86% reached levels 3 or 4 in ELA  
     82% reached levels 3 or 4 in Math                88% reached levels 3 or 4 in ELA             77% reached levels 3 or 4 in ELA  



    Harbor Science/Art CS                                              Ballet Tech                                PS 184 Shuang Wen
    73% reached levels 3 or 4 in ELA                  89% reached levels 3 or 4 in ELA             95% reached levels 3 or 4 in ELA  
     96% reached levels 3 or 4 in Math                99.6% reached levels 3 or 4 in ELA          100% reached levels 3 or 4 in ELA  




    The same comparison could be done for 2009-10 when the NYS school report cards are made public.

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