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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Mayor-To-Be Bill De Blasio And Future Prospects For Public School Education in NYC: Who Will Be Chancellor?

Mayor-to-be Bill De Blasio


Trouble ahead:
De Blasio is going to be our Mayor. That's the good news.

What's not so good is that there is talk about his appointing two former members of the Bloomberg years as Chancellor: Andres Alonso, Kathleen Cashin. Alonso was Deputy under Carmen Farina, who resigned in shame. Mr. Alonso is on the Board of the Carnegie Foundation until 2015. Kathleen Cashin was appointed by Joel Klein to Region 5

Please pick someone new and outside of the previous regime, Bill!!!!!!

Betsy Combier

Andres Alonso

CAPITAL NY News Nov 6 2013

 GOOD NEWS FOR CUOMO — Casino referendum sails to passage, fueled by downstate voters — Capital's Jimmy Vielkind: More than any other item on the ballot, the casino question can be seen as a reflection on Cuomo. He proposed casinos as an engine of job creation, and negotiated with legislative leaders to set parameters that might make it happen: no licenses in areas where Indian tribes have existing facilities, no casinos south of Westchester County for seven years, and a competitive process that has drawn interest from operators of existing slot parlors as well as several investors hoping to revive former Borscht-belt resorts.
More good news for Cuomo: Gov. Andrew Cuomo might be able to pack the state's highest court after all. The apparent failure of a proposal to extend the mandatory age for judicial retirement means Cuomo would be able to appoint a majority of the state's highest court if he wins a second term. Cuomo will now get the politically valuable opportunity to make three new appointments that would have been postponed by the measure.
Lippman reacts: “I am disappointed,” Court of Appeals Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman said after the results came in. “We were unable to get a consistent message across that people should be judged on their ability to do the job and not on some outdated conceptions of age.”
County-by-county results: Map:
BAD NEWS FOR CUOMO — Republicans Astorino and Mangano victorious in Westchester and Nassau Counties — Capital's Jessica Bakeman: “With Republican victories in Westchester and Nassau counties Tuesday, the state G.O.P. will be better situated to make a bid for statewide posts next year, including for the governor's office, analysts said. Without these suburban strongholds, Republicans would lack the momentum and legitimacy to promote candidates who are taken seriously in 2014, especially when the party struggles even to field contenders in mayoral races for upstate cities.”
Republicans also held on to Rockland County, where Ed Day bested David Fried in an open race for county executive, and re-took the Erie County Legislature from Democrats and also held on to the countywide posts of sheriff and comptroller.
DE BLASIO’S GREAT EXPECTATIONS — Harold Ickes to WSJ’s Sophia Hollander: “"Bill [will be] the most liberal big-city mayor in America today and a lot of people are going to be watching it: Can he pull it off?”
Times’ Michael Barbaro and David Chen: De Blasisio’s victory “amounted to a forceful rejection of the hard-nosed, business-minded style of governance that reigned at City Hall for the past two decades and a sharp leftward turn for the nation’s largest metropolis.”
Scenes From a Pre-Victory Rally —Capital’s Azi Paybarah: “As his mother held [a young child], public advocate-to-be Letitia James tried to reassure the boy, saying of de Blasio, ‘He's Obama's friend.’”
Headline: “Bill De Blasio Is Going To Let Liberals Down” — Josh Robin in BuzzFeed: “Enjoy it now, liberals. Because, in the phrasing of former Gov. Mario Cuomo, de Blasio’s campaign poetry is about to transform into the considerably less inspiring prose of actual governance.”
Mending fences: De Blasio meets with Michael Bloomberg at 9:45 a.m.
INSIDE THE ADMINISTRATION — More Names Floated — News’ Jennifer Fermino: Staffers Emma Wolfe and Dominic Williams; NYPD: Bill Bratton or Phillip Banks; Education: Andres Alonoso or Kathleen Cashin.
RISE TO POWER — Rivals Missed de Blasio’s Surge — News’ Annie Karni: “As de Blasio began building his lead, none of his Democratic opponents ran an attack ad to halt his momentum, a move that stunned the de Blasio camp…
“I was surprised by how much early polls drove the narrative and people didn’t say, ‘This is going to be a wide-open race,’” [campaign manager Bill] Hyers said.”
“…It was decided that de Blasio would position himself as the candidate who most represented change, a space that Quinn could not occupy because of her support for waiving term limits so Bloomberg could serve a third term."
Capital’s Sally Goldenberg: “Hyers would later say that he was never worried about [former Rep. Anthony Weiner] because internal polls consistently showed him in fourth place. ‘I was a lot more calm," Hyers told Capital. ‘I didn't buy that the voters were voting for him.’
Bill Thompson’s campaign manager Jonathan Prince to Capital: “They did a very good job of articulating a progressive message with regard to income inequality by highlighting de Blasio's plan to tax the wealthy and that's important.”
JOE LHOTA CONCEDES — Capital’s Dana Rubinstein: “Lhota is not a good politician. Yes, he has worked for people who know their way around an election—as Rudy Giuliani’s budget director and second in command, as Governor Cuomo’s M.T.A. chairman. But he is at heart an administrator.”
MORE COUPLES LOOK LIKE THE DE BLASIOS — WSJ’s Michael Howard Saul: “The relationship between Bill de Blasio, who is white, and Chirlane McCray, who is black, was once a spectacle even on the multiethnic streets of New York City. Now, that relationship has helped propel Mr. de Blasio into City Hall…
“Roughly 15% of new marriages nationwide in 2010 were between spouses of different races or ethnicities, more than double the share in 1980…”
DE BLASIO’S COALITION — News’ Juan Gonzalez: “Letitia James, our new public advocate, is even more to the left politically than de Blasio. Controller-elect Scott Stringer instantly becomes the most conservative citywide office holder, and Stringer’s an old-fashioned clubhouse liberal.
"…Of 21 new Council members elected this week, more than half were backed by the Working Families Party…A Mayor de Blasio, in other words, won’t face the kind of legislative gridlock that has dogged President Obama in Congress.”
NEW CITY COMPTROLLER — Stringer Picks Up John Liu’s Work — Capital’s Dan Goldberg:“Asked whether he would make good on his pledge to audit the NYPD's intelligence division, Stringer said he would work with outgoing comptroller John Liu on any ongoing audits but declined to specify a timeline saying only he needed to see where things were in the pipeline.”
BITTER END TO BROOKLYN D.A. RACE — Ken Thompson Ousts Charles Hynes, won't take his call — Capital’s Gloria Pazmino and Eliza Shapiro: “'It's a substantial vote, it gives Ken Thompson a clear mandate, which he didn't have in the primary,’ said Hynes, who told supporters he had conveyed his concession to a Thompson aide, because Thompson was "was apparently very, very busy."
Hynes to reporters: “I could tell you I'm not going to kick up my heels and relax and read good books, I still have a lot to offer.’”
Thompson to supporters: "You had a very important choice to make: would the great people of Brooklyn give into fear-mongering and-race baiting?"
DRAWING BATTLE LINES FOR 2014 — The Republican State Committee e-mails: “If Republicans are winning in Erie and Westchester, Andrew Cuomo should start getting worried.”
A Democratic source counters: "There was one big statewide issue on the ballot this year. Ed Cox and the Conservative Party campaigned against it — and we won by 15. If Cox wants to start the 2014 campaign today, bring it on.”
WOMEN TAKE OVER — Rochester and Albany elect first female mayors, and Syracuse re-elects Stephanie Miner — Capital's Jessica Alaimo and Jessica Bakeman: Currently, eight mayors of New York's 62 cities are female, and about 15 percent of the state's 550 villages are led by women, according to local government groups. Additionally, five of the 17 county executives are women, and 11 of the 57 county boards or legislatures are chaired by women. The likely new mayors, like many other female politicians who came up through the local ranks, talk of having encountered bias in some form in the course of getting to where they are. One man slammed the door on incoming Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan while she was canvassing, saying that he would never vote for a woman because women had no business being mayor, she said.
OTHER PROPOSITIONS PASS — Capital's Scott Waldman: A proposition to swap a piece of protected Adirondack parkland for a much bigger chunk of private land was approved by voters on Tuesday. Voters also approved a measure that would end a century-old property dispute in the Adirondacks.
MEANWHILE, IN HALFMOON — Times Union's Brendan Lyons: Supreme Court Justice Robert Chauvin made copies of documents from his days as town attorney in this Albany suburb that may relate to a requested ethics probe of potential conflicts he had regarding various development projects.
Despite a swirling federal investigation, Republican held on to every town post.
MEDICAL SCHOOL HEAD UNDER FIRE — Head of SUNY Upstate placed on leave, knocked out of running for Penn State job — Times Union's James Odato: The president of the State University of New York's upstate medical campus ruined his chance to become the 18th president of Pennsylvania State University and has been placed on leave after SUNY leaders learned he has been padding his state pay without authorization, two state officials familiar with the matter said. SUNY headquarters is reviewing all sources of compensation for SUNY Upstate Medical University President David R. Smith and is threatening more severe measures, according to a letter obtained by the Times Union on Tuesday.
DREDGING UPDATE — Capital's Scott Waldman: A $2 billion cleanup of P.C.B.s in the Hudson River is ahead of schedule and could be completed in two years, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Tuesday.
PUBLIC PRAYER — Case from suburban Rochester climbs to Supreme Court — Times' Jesse McKinley: Two women argue that public moments of prayer before the Town Council meetings in Greece, N.Y. violate the prescribed separation of church and state.
#UpstateAmerica: A portrait of outgoing Albany mayor Jerry Jennings, in meatloaf.
FRONT PAGES: Times: “De Blasio Wins Mayor’s Race in Landslide; Christie Coasts to 2nd Term as Governor”; WSJ, below the fold: “New York City Takes Left Turn”; Post: “Big Bill!”; News: “Bill’s de Won!”; amNewYork: “Mayor Bill”; Metro: “New York City’s First Family”; Trentonian: “2 More Years; Edelstein: Christie biding time for White House Run”; SEE THEM:

Andres Alonso

 September 2009 NYC DOE :

NYC Leadership Team Roster

New York City Department of Education


Honorable Joel I. Klein
New York City Department of Education

Deputy Chancellor

Andres Alonso
Deputy Chancellor
Division of Teaching and Learning
New York City Department of Education

ECLIPSE Contact Person

Linda Curtis-Bey, Director
Department of Mathematics & Science
New York City Department of Education
Leadership Team
Jennifer Adams
American Museum of Natural History 

Nadya Awadallah
Regional Instructional Specialist
Region 2 Learning Support Center
New York City Department of Education 

Gina Battista
Assistant Principal
Tottenville High School
New York City Department of Education

Benjy Blatman
PS 125M
New York City Department of Education

Susan Brady
Director of Education
New York Academy of Sciences 

Greg Borman
Science Coordinator
The Henry Street School for International Studies

JC Brizard
Regional Superintendent
Region 6
New York City Department of Education

Don Cook
Tiorati Workshop for Environmental Learning
Bank Street College

Peter Corr
Vice President

Linda Curtis-Bey, Director
Department of Mathematics & Science
New York City Department of Education

Derresa Davis
Region Instructional Specialist
Region 8
New York City Department of Education

Tom D’Emic
Francis Carter School
New York City Department of Education

Joanne Demizio
Assistant Superintendent
Math and Science
Archdiocese of New York

George Foley
IS 93
New York City Department of Education

Pam Fraser-Abder
Science Education
New York University

Roy Harris
Science Instructional Specialist - Elementary
New York City Department of Education

Bracha Kaplan
Special Education Initiatives
New York City Department of Education

Christine Kola
New York City Department of Education

Mary J. Leou
Wallerstein Collaborative for Urban Environmental Education
New York University

Olga Livanis
New Explorations into Science, Technology, and Math
New York City Department of Education
v Michael McCauley
Community Affairs

Faye Melas
John Bowne High School
New York City Department of Education

David Micklos
Executive Director
Dolan DNA Lab
Dolan DNA Learning Center

Jenene Pearson
IS 171K
New York City Department of Education

Linda Pensabene
PS 269
New York City Department of Education

Maria Santos
Senior Instructional Manager
Office of English Language Learners
New York City Department of Education

Cecily Selby
Member of Board of Directors
New York Hall of Science

Joseph Selch
Associate in Science Education
New York State Education Department

Sam Silverstein
College of Physicians and Surgeons
Columbia University

Brenda Steele
Curriculum and Special Development
New York City Department of Education

James Whaley
Vice President
Community Affairs

James Wynne
Program Manager
Local Education Outreach

Marion Zachowski
Science Instructional Specialist - Secondary
New York City Department of Education
Kathleen Cashin
Alonso wants to close one school, interventions at four others
Schools chief announces reorganization plans for failing schools
November 16, 2010|By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun
One chronically underperforming city high school would close at the end of the next school year, and four other schools would be restructured under a reorganization plan announced Tuesday by Baltimore schools CEO Andrés Alonso.
For Alonso, the recommendation to close just a single school in Baltimore stands in marked contrast to the sweeping changes he orchestrated during his first two years as schools chief. Alonso said the more limited proposal is a reflection of students' growth on standardized tests and the improving climate of the district over the past three years.

There's no blueprint for how to address failing schools, according to Alonso, who says his approach is "a changing art form."
"How we make changes has to be reflective of what's going on in the field," he said.
In his first year as CEO, during the 2008-2009 school year, Alonso orchestrated the closing of seven failing schools over a two-year period, with the relocation of five schools to other facilities that would allow for expansion and use existing space better. Last year, he closed five schools, replacing two of them and merging a third with an expanding school.
"This is so remarkably different than 2008," said Neil Duke, president of the city's school board. "We would like to accept this superficially as evidence of school improvement But whether it's 12 schools or one school, each year presents its own challenges."
This year, Alonso is suggesting just a single closure: the Institute for Business and Entrepreneurship High School. The school in West Baltimore was originally recommended for closure last year, but was granted another year to improve its graduation numbers.
Instead, the school's graduation rate declined along with its enrollment numbers. The school has seen a drop of 30 percentage points in the number of students graduating in the past three years; its students' test scores remain low; and only a few dozen students ranked it as their first choice when selecting a high school, which is not enough to fill a ninth-grade class, school officials said.
The school's leadership has also been at the source of controversy. In March, a Baltimore Sun investigation revealed that the principal at IBE, Janice Williams, was accused of recruiting Filipino teachers to buy and sell thousands of dollars of Mary Kay cosmetic products for her. Williams, an independent sales director for Mary Kay, stood to gain financially from each transaction and was the subject of an internal school system investigation last year.
A new principal was appointed to the school in September.
Alonso said that linking the scandal and the decision to close the school "has no merit."
"If IBE's dropout rate had improved — as the rest of the district's has — I might not have approved the recommendation," he said. "It's about outcomes for kids."
Tisha Edwards, Alonso's chief of staff, told the board that IBE's ninth- and 10th-graders would be transferred next year, but its current 11th-graders would be allowed to finish their senior year at the school. The class was relocated from the Walbrook campus just last year, she said, and has been through enough instability.
Edwards said that a lawsuit lodged by a student who was enrolled in a Baltimore high school that was closed brought to light the fact that students in their senior year have opportunities such as college scholarships at stake.         
"This is a school that has gone through several transitions throughout the year," Edwards told board members. "We feel pretty strongly to allow the students to keep their school intact. We want them to have an authentic senior experience."
Few members from the public attended the hearing, and board members did not take public testimony. Two public meetings will be held in December, and the school board will make a final decision about the recommendations in January.
Alonso is also recommending that four schools undergo restructuring internally or with the help of outside operators.
Patterson High School, a popular school in Southeast Baltimore, would undergo an internal overhaul to better serve its growing foreign population. The school system is proposing the changes because of declining performance on the High School Assessments among graduating seniors who were first-time test takers.
Patterson High has been in school improvement status, meaning its test scores have not met state standards, for 16 years and needs to strengthen its English for Speakers of Other Languages program, school officials said.
Moravia Park Elementary/Middle School would also place more focus on its growing international population, Edwards said. The school has struggled with the Maryland State Assessments, scoring about 60 percent and 49 percent proficiency in reading and math, respectively.
Edwards said that the changes proposed for the two schools are "critical" for the entire school system to learn how to better serve its foreign populations.