School accountability is a two way street and should be.
From the NY Times:
A school year that began with a choreographed show of harmony between New York City’s schools chancellor, Joel I. Klein, and the president of its teachers’ union, Randi Weingarten, ended on Thursday in discord, with the release of a survey in which thousands of the city’s teachers voiced strong disapproval of Mr. Klein’s leadership.
Of more than 61,000 members of the union, the United Federation of Teachers, who responded to the survey, 85 percent disagreed with the statement that the chancellor’s emphasis on testing had improved education in their schools, while 82 percent said they believed Mr. Klein lacked “confidence in the expertise of his educators.”
And NY school’s blogger and union activist JD2718 is compiling a list of schools he calls, “career enders.”
This blog has a new feature: a Do Not Apply list of NYC public schools. I will expand this list regularly.
Some schools are great. Some are good. Some are ok. Mediocre. Fair. Poor. All of this matters, but in some places the choice is not wide.
But there’s one category of school you need to know about: Career Enders.
New teachers, be careful not to end up in one of those places.