“New York City Teachers’ Union Is Closing Portion of Its Brooklyn Charter School”—NY Times.
“The New York City teachers’ union announced on Friday that it was closing the kindergarten-to-eighth-grade portion of a charter school because of students’ low scores on state tests, ending an experiment intended to prove that such schools could thrive even with strict labor rules.”
“…When the U.F.T. Charter School opened in 2005, Mr. Mulgrew’s predecessor, Randi Weingarten, who is now the president of the American Federation of Teachers, pledged that it would “show real, quantifiable student achievement and with those results, finally dispel the misguided and simplistic notion that the union contract is an impediment to success.”
The only “good” news here is that hopefully this will help people (both inside and outside the profession) to understand that designing, and running a public school is a very difficult task. And it is even more difficult to make that school academically successful. At some point the communities that provide the children who are fed into these negative assortment of badly conceived experiments, would demand an end to these practices. The children of the poor and disenfranchised, need what all children who gain, rather than lose from their public school experience. A positive, safe and productive environment in which to learn; a singular focus on providing a good future possibility for the child, and not employment rights and privileges for adults; continuous access and exposure to high quality instructional, and school leadership practices; the ability to be engaged with the best resources, supplies, equipment and time to ensure a positive learning outcome; a school building where the adults love them, and then translate that love into acts of active, conscience and collective practices of efficacy.
Every time an “ill-fated”, adult orientated educational experiment starts, performs badly and then stops; it is the children who suffer the most. I would be extremely shocked if every one of those 50 “excessed” teachers are not comfortably placed somewhere in the system! The annual tragic and failed experimentation with “certain designated” children in our public school systems, should stop; but who is going to stop it?