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If we set the bar higher, we would be a failing school.

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by YankeeFan, Aug 3, 2015.

  1. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    Didn't come to class, turn in your homework, or take the final? That's ok, here's your diploma:

    William Cullen Bryant High School instructor Andrea McHale copped to the move the same day that The Post published a front-page essay by guilt-ridden teen Melissa Mejia lamenting how she received a passing grade in the teacher’s government class — even though she rarely showed up, didn’t turn in homework, and missed the final.

    A minimum passing grade of 65 allowed her to graduate.

    “It was not an ideal situation,” McHale acknowledged to The Post at her Queens home. “If we don’t meet our academic goals, we are deemed failures as teachers. There is a tremendous amount of pressure on us as teachers.”

    “I thought it was in her best interest and the school’s best interest to pass her.”

    Teacher on why she passed student who ‘begged’ to fail | New York Post
  2. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Maybe she's too big to fail?
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  3. Alma

    Alma Well-Known Member

    You know what? I agree with the teacher. At least in the case of this girl.

    The girl in question was a time-waster and an attention-seeker, as her "letter" makes clear. Who misses two finals, but gladly appears for summer school?

    I'd think, in the name of reducing government waste, our esteemed money managers would approve of this decision.
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  4. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Pass 'em all and let Harvard sort 'em out.
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  5. Vombatus

    Vombatus Well-Known Member

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  6. MisterCreosote

    MisterCreosote Well-Known Member

  7. cranberry

    cranberry Well-Known Member

    I think Christie is still kind of sore about the complete failure of his charter school program in Newark and wasting so much of Mark Zuckerberg's money.
  8. The Big Ragu

    The Big Ragu Moderator Staff Member

    Hardly any of the $100 million Zuckerberg ponied up went into a charter school program in Newark. Less than $5 million. That $100 million never stood a chance with all of the entrenched corruption and waste that plagues that sewer system of a municipality.

    The vast majority of the money ACTUALLY went toward a contract with the teacher's union, for what it is worth -- about $50 million, including $31 million that went to retroactive pay that was back owed.

    That money never made it near anything productive in Newark because of the corrupt political system in which money gets slung around and wasted. ... and all of the vultures who pounce whenever a little public money becomes available. That money was mostly gone within 2 years -- with not much to show for it. $100 million doesn't even make a dent in the gladhanding, special interest world you seem to otherwise love.
  9. cranberry

    cranberry Well-Known Member

    I agree, Ragu. Exactly what happened...

    Schooled - The New Yorker
    Last edited: Aug 4, 2015
  10. JC

    JC Well-Known Member

    Those damn non productive teachers and their back pay.
  11. The Big Ragu

    The Big Ragu Moderator Staff Member

    Explainer: What's Become of Zuckerberg’s $100M Gift to Newark Schools - NJ Spotlight

    Where the money has gone
    Following is a breakdown of major contributions of $1 million or more, so far, according to FNF.

    • $48 million: NTU teachers contract, including $31 million in retroactive pay to teachers and the balance for new performance bonuses to “highly effective” teachers and those working in high-needs schools.

    • $5 million: Newark Charter School Fund, a fund aimed to support and leverage charter school growth in the city

    • $4 million: Newark Public Schools technical assistance grant, distributed to the district in Anderson’s first two years to help build human resources and other administrative capacity

    • $3.5 million: New rewards administered by the Newark Education Trust for principals working in high-needs schools and showing highest achievement growth.

    • $2.8 million: NPS Diagnostic and Transition Phase, for audit and other diagnostic studies of the district in Anderson’s first months.

    • $2 million: PENewark, a public relations campaign in 2010 that surveyed residents and held community forums on educational reform and improvement.

    • $1.2 million: My Very Own Library, an ongoing program that allows students in select schools to choose 10 books for their home “libraries.”

    • $1 million: Teach for America, the national teacher placement program, for recruitment and support of teachers in the first two years of the gift.

    • The balance of the money spent went to smaller programs and schools, some for start-up and others to help support ongoing work. These ranged from $15,000 to NJ After 3, the after-school program, to $550,000 for the new all-boys school in the district. The foundation also continues to pay $10,000 grants to individual teachers or teams of teachers proposing innovative and promising strategies.
  12. cranberry

    cranberry Well-Known Member

    Venture Philanthropy at its very best!

    Christie shouldn't get all of the credit, though. Corey Booker was a huge part of the problem, too.
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