After reading this weekend how the "reformers" tried to do an end run and grab control of Waterfront and East High I heard some pretty worthwhile points to ponder from people better read than I am on these topics. For openers this didn't just spring up out of the ground or from James Williams' armpit, this little attempted coup has been in the works since I believe December someone said the papers had to have been filed. And are we to believe that NONE of our Board members had any inkling of this end run ? They huffed and puffed in a fairly convincing fashion for the Buffalo News but c'mon. It's no secret there are a few members who are very much enamored of the charters. It's been quite a while since anyone has heard much from the big thinkers over at DeformED's thinktank or braintrust or whatever it is. A peep from their policy scribe but I suspect it was just a rehash of what he read at the Board meeting. And where has the delightful Mr. Radford been lately ? Subterranean would be too mild a word. The guy has not been seen or heard from is a peculiarly long interval for him. So which of the Board members are in collusion with this? Don't know but from what I've seen if the way they threw themselves on the floor in supplication to Constance Moss when she unveiled her charter school for girls plan you can pretty much guess.
Finally, I think it's da first of the month
Do all the districts in New York State have their teacher evaluation plans submitted like they were told to? O.k. I just clicked until my hand went numb on the state's tracker which is linked on my bloglist. I counted a whopping 7 districts who've submitted a plan. None are approved. No districts in Erie Cattaraugus, Orleans or Niagara Counties have submitted anything. Is King still trying to hold Buffalo hostage with his Race to the Bottom money and if so when is the referendum on his sorry leadership attempts?