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Rise & Shine: City's algorithm gives low score to prized teacher

News from New York City:

  • A prized teacher’s low “value-added” score raises questions about the city’s complex algorithm. (Times)
  • Ongoing debate over the city’s teacher evaluation system suggests going statewide could be hard. (Post)
  • Mayor Bloomberg said the city might change plans to take back half of schools’ savings. (Daily News)
  • The city had 135 fewer arts teachers last year than before, and layoffs could cost 356 more. (Daily News)
  • The city said it wants to close two more schools, both transfer schools. (NY1, Brooklyn Daily Eagle)
  • City teachers colleges are adapting as they continue to enroll students even as jobs evaporate. (NY1)
  • In many ways, New York City was ahead of the curve in the move to healthier school lunches. (Times)
  • Applications to city private schools rose by 10 percent this year. (WSJ)
  • City parents and principals are worrying about the class size implications of this year’s budget cuts. (AP)

On layoffs:

  • Mayor Bloomberg and Gov. Cuomo’s fight over teacher layoffs reflects their battle over power. (Times)
  • Behind their grappling is a widespread assumption that Bloomberg is bluffing on layoffs. (WNYC)
  • Bloomberg repeated his claim that the city has no choice but to lay off thousands of teachers. (Post)
  • Parents, teachers, and elected officials protested Friday against the mayor’s layoff plan. (NY1)
  • Just three state senators from New York City voted to end “last in, first” out layoff rules. (Post)
  • The many junior teachers at a Staten Island school are facing deep layoffs. (Post)
  • Pictures and profiles of teachers facing layoffs at the Academy for Language and Technology. (Times)
  • Public Advocate Bill deBlasio: The city should use its consultants budget to pay teachers. (Daily News)
  • Joel Klein and some of his allies have written to Cuomo to ask him to end “last in, first out” rules. (Post)
  • A suit that protects needy schools could make Los Angeles the first place to end seniority layoffs. (Times)

Elsewhere:

  • Statistical anomalies in test scores nationally suggests widespread test improprieties. (USA Today)
  • A coalition of educators and business leaders has formed to promote a national curriculum. (Times)
  • Class sizes are rising in many cities and states as school budgets are repeatedly cut. (Times)
  • Increased class time is still seen as a boon to students, but longer days are hard to fund. (L.A. Times)
  • Angry about state control, Newark parents railed against N.J. schools chief Chris Cerf. (N.J. Spotlight)
  • Kaya Henderson will soon be named Michelle Rhee’s permanent replacement in D.C. (Washington Post)
  • A study of Rhee’s reforms finds test scores don’t support school improvement claims. (Washington Post)
  • Suburban Syosset’s schools chief makes more than $500,000 a year including benefits. (Post)
  • The Washington Post praises Arne Duncan’s promise that ESEA will focus on early childhood education.

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