|Where are all her supporters?|
“Everyone knows the charter schools don’t take special needs kids.”
- Black students were more likely to see their schools turned over to charters, potentially abrogating the rights of their families.
- Black staff members were far more likely to have to reapply for their jobs under One Newark than white staff members.
- Largely, this is because black teachers are far more likely to teach black students.
- Black teachers also take on the ‘boughest’ assignments, as measured by the state’s own classifications (remember, Newark’s schools have been under state control for 19 years). But, on average, their students show comparable rates of growth to the students of white teachers.
- There is a history of discrimination against teachers of color in ‘choice’ plans, and NPS, if it goes through with One Newark, may be susceptible to a legal challenge under civil rights laws.
- Each school has a ‘hub’ of 2.5 miles. But if a family lives within 2.5 miles of several schools, they could have children attending all of them!
- First priority for enrollment will be given to children whose siblings already attend a school.
- Second priority goes to free and reduced lunch students.
- Third priority goes to other neighborhood children.
- They are looking to fill charter schools first.
"They are looking to fill charter schools first."
- If you like your school, can you stay?
- What about new kindergarten enrollees who come in late in the summer?
- What about any student who enrolls after September?
- What about new, non-English speaking immigrants who want to enroll their children?
- Where will special education teachers and child study team members be assigned and when will they know?
- What happens if you don’t like the school you’re assigned to? They have no transfer process in place.
"What happens if you don’t like the school you’re assigned to? They have no transfer process in place."
- A kindergartener asked why there are bugs (cockroaches) at his school. (Why in God’s name should a kindergartener—or any student—have to ask that question?)
- East Side High School is dirty and smelly. There are rats and cockroaches in the classrooms. They only have part time custodians and they are not provided with the appropriate cleaning supplies. NSU President Kristin Towkaniuk said that’s why students cut class. (Can you blame them?)
- Why do we always have to go to court to get things that are basic civil rights like clean, working toilets in a school?
- Oliver Street School is indeed being rebuilt—into a charter school!
"Why do we always have to go to court to get things that are basic civil rights like clean, working toilets in a school?"
- Why don’t they allow teachers to teach, and not have someone who has never taught tell me what to do?
- Why don’t they have open electives at the high schools again?
- We are testing about 1/3 of the year.
- Kristin Towkaniuk on the pilot PARCC test: It was 3 days. The server went down. When you make the tests unnecessarily harder it pushes kids out of school… I opted out of it. I didn’t answer any of the questions, and in the narrative section I wrote why the PARCC is bad.
- Why aren’t there enough courses in the trades offered?
- On the closings of libraries: They are robbing our kids of the resources they need!
- Instruments sit in closets in our district because they are cutting the arts in our schools. They are hiring consultants to come in to ‘teach’ the arts. So, when you get free tickets for all these wonderful performances [at outside venues], realize it’s coming at the expense of band, chorus and performance clubs and classes.
- Arts High School (an arts magnet school) is no longer holding auditions because Cami says magnet schools segregate. (Yes, you read that right, folks! I’m not making this up—just reporting what I heard.)
- Creativity and imagination are being taken out of our children’s minds.
- East Side HS classes have exploded to 30+ in a class. Students have to talk to teachers after class or school to get any kind of one-on-one instruction.
- Anything that’s successful in this district will be destroyed by Cami Anderson.
"When you make the tests unnecessarily harder it pushes kids out of school."
|"We control Newark schools, not them."|