New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Monday he plans to change the city's policies for granting teacher tenure and request the repeal of "last-in, first-out" seniority laws. Bloomberg's plan will deny tenure to teachers -- offered after three years with the school system -- who receive "ineffective" or "developing" ratings under a new value-added evaluation system. Bloomberg will also seek to remove state seniority protections ahead of more layoffs that could be caused by a projected $700 million budget shortfall next year. Union officials are opposed to changes in seniority policy.
Eight New York City middle schools and one high school were identified as being in danger of being shuttered because of academic failure. These developments come two years after Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced $40 million in additional funding for the middle grades.
A provision in the No Child Left Behind law that is supposed to identify dangerous schools can be obviated by state guidelines that don't require the reporting of all crimes. Fewer than 100 of the country's more than 90,000 public schools have been given the label since 2002.
Elementary physical ed teacher Sandy Hopkins is using interactive PlayStation games to keep students fit, thanks to a $550 grant from the Brownsburg Education Foundation. Games like Dance Dance Revolution get children moving, she said.
New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg and the State Assembly reportedly are at odds over the mayor's plan to gain control of the city's schools. Specifically, lawmakers are said to be objecting to Bloomberg's demand to strip the 32 community school boards of their power to appoint superintendents.