Jim Liebman is NY school’s Chief Accountability Officer and creator of the system that grades NY schools. He fled a meeting last night as parents tried to present him with 7,000 signatures on a petition opposing the grading program.
The NY Times reported:
For three hours, council members sharply questioned the official who designed the system, James Liebman. His testimony was repeatedly interrupted by boos and hisses from dozens of parents in the packed room. Many of them held up fliers with the letter F printed in thick black ink, a sign of their displeasure that they aimed at the television cameras.
Councilman John C. Liu pressed Mr. Liebman about whether the grades were based primarily on a one-time test. Mr. Liebman emphasized that for elementary school students, there were two tests: one in math and one in reading. And he said that each test was drawn out over three days. But the lengthy explanation left Mr. Liu exasperated: “Is it or is it not one test?”
Without missing a beat, Mr. Liebman responded, “Life is one test!”
The room exploded with boos and hisses, while several council members tried to suppress their laughter.
And then he fled:
After Mr. Liebman finished speaking, several parents gathered outside of the council chambers with boxes filled with protest petitions containing nearly 7,000 signatures, hoping to present them to Mr. Liebman in front of the television cameras. But Mr. Liebman, whose title is chief accountability officer of the Education Department, ducked out a side door, leaving parents to chase him out the back of City Hall to behind the Education Department’s headquarters at Tweed Courthouse.
There, several education officials ran in circles for several minutes to avoid Jane Hirschmann, the director of Time Out From Testing, an advocacy group, as well as parents and reporters.