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Posted by madfloridian in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Fri Mar 05th 2010, 02:36 PM
I find this equally as bad as firing all the teachers in schools. It assumes the very worst of teachers, and it is not a good business model to encourage improvement. It doesn't make good sense business-wise, and it shows contempt for educators.

Dramatic shake-up planned at 12 Boston public schools

Staff at 6 must reapply; 5 principals to be removed

Boston school officials announced yesterday that staff at six schools will have to reapply for their jobs and five principals will be replaced after the schools were listed among nearly three dozen statewide that will probably be declared “underperforming’’ and subject to drastic change.

Overall, 12 Boston schools face being listed as underperforming, slightly more than a third of the 35 schools statewide. The list includes the Jeremiah E. Burke High School in Dorchester, long considered a barometer of Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s effectiveness in improving the city’s schools over the past 16 years. The state’s action was the first under a two-month-old law requiring dramatic changes to overhaul the state’s lowest-performing schools. Superintendents will have three years to turn around these schools or face a state takeover.

In announcing the shake-up, Superintendent Carol R. Johnson said the schools must have top-notch staffs to successfully turn them around. She emphasized that staff members are not being fired and that employees not rehired could find work at other district schools.

Sounds like Democratic Governor Deval Patrick is on board with this move. Sounds like the teachers' unions will fight it.

I hate to tell this to the unions, but I fear they are fighting a losing battle with our major Democratic leaders on board...including the president.

Johnson’s swift move drew the immediate ire of the teachers union, which accused her of trying to “evict’’ hard-working teachers and said it is exploring legal action.

But with the fate of 17,000 students at risk in the 35 targeted schools, state education officials said yesterday that radical change is imperative and needs to come swiftly. The students are overwhelmingly poor and of disadvantaged ethnic and racial groups.

“I’m worried about the kids,’’ Governor Deval Patrick said. “I’m worried about the kids being left behind. I’m worried about the kids getting the resources they need.’’

My personal note to the teachers who reapply and don't get rehired....please do not take it personally.

You are not being fired. Please remember that. You simply did not get the job you used to have. For whatever reason.

I doubt a sarcasm tag is needed.

Interestingly enough, the Academic Superintendent of that area was in February of this year selected to participate in the 2010 Broad Superintendents Academy.

Boston Public Schools (BPS) High School Academic Superintendent Irvin Scott has been selected to participate in the 2010 Broad Superintendents Academy

The Broad (rhymes with “road”) Superintendents Academy is a 10-month executive management training program run by The Broad Center to prepare prominent leaders from education, military, business, nonprofit and government sectors to lead urban public school systems. Mr. Scott was among 14 individuals from across the country selected for the 2010 cohort.

“This is an incredible opportunity for Mr. Scott and we congratulate him on his acceptance to this highly competitive program,” said Superintendent Carol R. Johnson. “Mr. Scott’s leadership over the past few years has been critical to the district’s efforts to increase rigor and support at the high school level, including expanding credit recovery programs, increasing Advanced Placement (AP) opportunities, offering online SAT preparation programs, and strengthening work with partner organizations to help ensure that all students gradate Boston Public Schools prepared for success in college and beyond.”

Mr. Scott currently oversees nearly 30 high schools and alternative schools in Boston Public Schools. He also co-chairs Harvard University’s Urban School Leaders’ Summer Institute. Earlier in his career, as a high school principal in Lancaster, Penn., Mr. Scott led a team of teachers and administrators to reform a 3,200 student high school into eight small learning communities and to develop a core curriculum for all students.

That is the program begun by Eli Broad (rhymes with "toad"). Here is more about it.

The Broad Residency. Control school districts by leadership programs..

"In school districts, Broad Residents report directly to the superintendent or a top cabinet member. In CMOs, Residents report directly to the CEO or chief operating officer. Residents are often tasked with leading major projects like opening new schools, leading budgeting processes, increasing operational efficiencies or improving human resources. Residents earn starting annual salaries of $85,000 to $95,000 and participate in a series of professional development sessions over the course of two years. At the conclusion of the two-year program, The Broad Residency expects that school districts and CMOs will hire Residents permanently in their current positions or promote them into more senior leadership posts.

Now in its eighth year, The Broad Residency has placed more than 173 Residents in more than 50 urban school districts and CMOs nationwide. Ninety-three percent of Broad Residency alumni still work in education and continue to positively impact student achievement as leaders in the education industry."

A reminder to the teachers in the 6 schools in Boston. You are not being "fired".
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