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The UFT Plays Offense. Capital Tonight linked to this video put out by the United Federation of Teachers, highlighting some of Mayor Bloomberg’s education missteps in his ten years in office. To show how serious they are about education, they even used the scary announcer voice. 

Also in education news: Seven of the 33 schools slated for closure received As and Bs in the last evaluation. “Not all good grades go on the fridge,” writes the Post.

-KH

[Capital Tonight, New York Post, h/t @azipaybarah]

It’s really what public education should be. I now feel my kids have more than schools in the suburbs have, and they deserve it.

That’s Sana Nasser, the principal of Harry Truman High School in the Bronx. She’s equipped the 28-year-old school — which had been deteriorating for years when she took over — with amenities that would make any suburban high school jealous. There’s a renovated football team, a functioning TV studio, two (two!) high-tech kitchens run by chefs (chefs!), a pool, and a planetarium. Yes — a real, working planetarium! A large financial donation, pledged by alumnus and former Bronx borough president Adolfo Carrion, helped fund many of the specialty programs. And the fancy facilities are helping to improve the idea that kids in public schools, especially in the Bronx, can’t reach for the stars.

-KH

[Daily News, h/t @gothamschools]

Students go to NYU because it’s in New York City," Eisenhood says. "When I applied, they had a question on their application: ‘Other than living in New York, why do you want to attend NYU?’ And I was like, wow, that’s actually really hard. I forget what I said—’Great research opportunities,’ or something, but I didn’t really believe it.

The Village Voice tries to answer a question undoubtedly asked by current and former NYU students all the time: Is NYU really worth all the money? The student quoted above said what many people believe — it’s not the top-ranked programs that attracts students, it’s the location. And students end up paying a lot of money for that big-city feel. The average student owes $35,000 when they graduate, which is $11,000 higher than the national average. Any alums out there want to chime in?

-KH

[Village Voice

The school could, and should, work more on their academic programs. I mean, all we really focus on is violin and dance, as the name says.

That’s Einasia Smith, 14, a student at the High School for Violin and Dance in the Bronx, reacting to the recent high school progress reports released by the city. Despite receiving an A, her school has only a 77 percent graduation rate — and only 32 percent of students go on to college. These kids better be, like, Johann Sebastian Bach and Martha Graham.

-KH

[NY Daily News, NBC New York]

Back to School. The kids are back to school today, and Mayor Bloomberg is at Spruce Street Educational Campus to welcome students. He also took the time to say the recent New York Times poll, which found 34 percent of those polled felt he was doing a bad job with education, was crap. Gotham Schools quoted him saying that the parents think the schools are improving, although no information was immediately available on how he conducted the poll. Maybe he asked the psyched parents in this photo, tweeted by the Mayor’s Office.
-KH
[@GothamSchools, NYT, @NYCMayorsOffice]

Back to School. The kids are back to school today, and Mayor Bloomberg is at Spruce Street Educational Campus to welcome students. He also took the time to say the recent New York Times poll, which found 34 percent of those polled felt he was doing a bad job with education, was crap. Gotham Schools quoted him saying that the parents think the schools are improving, although no information was immediately available on how he conducted the poll. Maybe he asked the psyched parents in this photo, tweeted by the Mayor’s Office.

-KH

[@GothamSchools, NYT, @NYCMayorsOffice]

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Some Custodians Make More Than Teachers.  NBC New York’s Chris Glorioso reports that in some schools, custodial engineers make more than teachers.  

[NBCNewYork]

Teach for America Teachers Get Big Assist.  Some TFA teachers will be equipped with headsets to wear while teaching so professionals and teaching mentors can give them advice and pep talks.  Just like at a football game, only a little more serious since there are children’s educations involved.  I wish every time I blogged someone smart and funny was whispering encouragement and suggestions in my ear, but I don’t know if David Sedaris would always be available as much as I’d like.   

-KH

[FastCompany]