Susan Ohanian questions the wisdom of firing everyone, including the lunch ladies, to turn around a “failing” school in response to a public radio story in Chicago. (For my part, that really makes me wonder if the “fire everybody!” turnaround strategy is about culture, or about making room for the new management to hire whoever they want, at whatever rates they want…). In New York City, School Chancellor Joel Klein decides not to invoke his “emergency powers” to force a charter school into a public school currently serving autistic students. (Why anyone thought that was a good idea to begin with, why Joel Klein has “emergency powers”…still mysteries to me. Seriously. Any enlightening info would be greatly appreciated.) Still in New York, Mr. Klein defends the “historic gains” students made during his administration, in light of the evidence that the scores were largely inflated. (The distinguished commenters on the story heartily disagree.)
Dr. Jesse Turner must be sick of the drama, because he’s leaving New York City and heading to New Jersey today! Last I spoke with him, he was resting his tired feet, but promises some video soon. I started a map for him here; we’ll be adding some events and updates to it soon.