Steve Quester

Tuesday march across the Brooklyn Bridge to stop teacher layoffs!

Dear Children’s School families, Children’s School staff and parents signed postcards and called the City Council on Friday morning for Fight Back Friday. Staff, families, and students then headed up to Grand Army Plaza after school for Council Member Lander’s rally against education cuts. The next step: all out to the Brooklyn Bridge on Tuesday!…

What you can do NOW to stop teacher layoffs!

Dear Children’s School families, 1.  Friday June 10 is Fight Back Friday at The Children’s School and at schools all over New York City.  See http://fightbackfridays.blogspot.com/ .  Please check in with our school’s UFT members outside our Carroll Street and First Street entrances that morning to sign a postcard to your City Council member AND…

PS 372 at May 12th Demonstration

On Thursday, May 12, a contingent of 26 staff, parents, and students from the Children’s School joined 20,000 New Yorkers on Wall Street to say NO! to Mayor Bloomberg’s agenda of tax breaks for millionaires and big banks at the expense of our city’s public services.  The outcry against the mayor’s proposal to lay off…

PS372 LETTER WRITING CAMPAIGN AGAINST LAYOFFS

Dear Children’s School families, It’s time to launch a massive Children’s School letter-writing campaign against the mayor’s terrible teacher layoff plan. Layoffs will hurt the students in every school in New York; we need to let our elected officials know the specifics of what our own school is facing.  The staff are writing letters too.…

Problems with the Use of Student Test Scores to Evaluate Teachers

Valued-Added Measures (VAMs) are the newest craze in economists’ and politicians’ attempts to create a “scientific” way to measure teacher effectiveness. VAM takes a student’s achievement level upon entering a teacher’s class–as measured by standardized tests–and compares it to the student’s achievement level after a year with that teacher. The difference purports to be that…