Sunday, December 13, 2020


 From parent activist Leonie Haimson:

2. Tonight, Sunday Dec. 13 at 8 PM, I along with others will be speaking about the history of Mayoral control and how it needs to be changed, at an online forum called Reimagining Education, hosted by Teachers of New York City. You can register here: On Thursday, Dec. 17, I will also be testifying at Assembly hearings on Mayoral control that begin at 10 AM, livestreamed here. The state law that renewed Mayoral control lapses in June 2022, and it’s time to start thinking seriously about how checks and balances and more parent and community input should be added, to strengthen what is now a basically autocratic system.

3. There seems to be more energy and focus on improving the school governance system now than in years past, in part because of widespread dissatisfaction with the erratic way Mayor de Blasio has handled planning for school shutdowns and reopenings during the Covid pandemic.


Anonymous said...

Good luck with that vaccine just to go back to schools. I'll just stay home and resihgn when they force me to return. Four Pfizer vaccine volunteers develop Bell's palsy...

Bell's palsy is a condition that causes a weakness or paralysis of the muscles in the face...

The condition causes one side of your face to droop or become stiff.

Anonymous said...

Avoid indoor dining, except in school lunchrooms/classrooms.

Indoor gathering limit: 10 people...class sizes in a lot less sq ft, 15+.

Anonymous said...

Snow day Wednesday and Thursday.

Anonymous said...

Received a call that I was in close contact with someone positive for covid. Class and I are quarantined thru 12/23. To the openschools fools-were the 10 school days worth it? Thx 4 putting my entire family @ risk for xmas.Hope you’re happy.

Anonymous said...

9:57: All that means is full remote for all schools.

Anonymous said...

Gov live streaming first vaccine shot now.

Joe said...

Mayor just said one of our bright spots has been our schools, moving to 5 days, safe and kids are learning. Wow, was anything accurate about that statement?

Anonymous said...


But schools are open.

Keep paying dues.
Keep being suckers.

Anonymous said...

Dear Families,    

What an exciting week this has been, reopening our school buildings for in-person instruction after this recent brief closure. I want to thank our students and families, our teachers, principals, and school staff for a safe and smooth reopening. I know it hasn’t been easy, but public education is critical to our city’s, and nation’s, future, and it is why we continue to do everything in our power to keep our school communities thriving.

With support from all corners of New York City, we have been able to bring students in 3-K through fifth grade, and students in all grade levels in District 75 schools, back into classrooms. This is an important step in fulfilling our pledge to you: to provide a safe, secure environment in which your children can learn and grow. And a quick reminder: for blended learning to work best for everyone, we need your child to show up to school on their scheduled in-person days. Blended learning students in grades 6 through 12 in district 1–32 schools, including those participating in District 75 Inclusion Programs, will continue to learn remotely at this time.

Unfortunately, COVID-19 is still very much with us. Given the ongoing fight against a citywide resurgence, please note that we have changed our in-school testing protocol. In order to keep our buildings open, we now require mandatory, weekly in-school testing for COVID-19 for a randomly selected portion of staff and students in grades 1 and higher.

And this is critical: If your child returns to school for in-person instruction without a consent form on file, principals and school staff will contact you to obtain consent. After that, students without consent forms on file, who do not have an approved or pending medical or disability-based exemption, must be moved to fully remote instruction.

In this Update for Families, you will find information on:

· What you need to know about mandatory, in-school testing

· How to submit consent for in-school random testing

· What to do if your child has recently traveled

· What you need to know about exemptions from in-school testing

· How to apply for kindergarten for the 2021–2022 school year

· How to learn more about elementary admissions

· How to participate in Parent University, a new platform offering families on-demand courses and resources on a host of subjects.

Because so much uncertainty comes with this pandemic, we remain committed to our time-honored traditions, which remind us that we are a community. One of those is our annual Big Apple Awards, recognizing outstanding teachers and college and career counselors. This year, it feels especially important to honor the teachers or counselors who have made a difference in your child’s life. Nominate an educator by January 10, 2021 by visiting the Big Apple Awards website at   

As always, I am grateful for your flexibility and patience as we continue our journey together through this unprecedented year. There is no doubt that Covid-19 has affected our children—academically, socially, and emotionally, and we are already looking ahead to the next school year. This week, the Mayor and I introduced the 2021 Student Achievement Plan to bring our schools back stronger than ever next fall. Working with our

educators and all of you, we will create a roadmap rooted in healing and learning. I’ll be sharing more on this in the months to come.

I know that if we all do our part, we can ensure a strong, supportive education for every child every day—no matter where they are learning.


Richard A. Carranza Chancellor

New York City Department of Education

Anonymous said...

Carranza is a moron

Anonymous said...

Is this mayoral control? My school just added 3 classes to a remote student program. So he will get 3 full credits for showing up or being on a roster for 5 weeks. What a scam.

Anonymous said...

Maybe having Nick Kristof of the ny times calling teachers murderers for wanting school to be mostly or all remote during a fucking pandemic isn't a selling point for the career?

27% of teachers are considering quitting because of Covid, survey finds

MmC said...

Well well...seems like everyone gets the concern...what do students need...what do parents want...what do admins demand...and the teacher's needs and wants and dare we to demand..?? tell me this one more time...maybe the next time around I will be brain dead enough to agree that while the COVID19 pandemic is raging at an infection rate out of control we are opening schools up EVEN MORE...uh huh...and so you are going to randomly test 20% of those coming into the building...did I get that right? the other 80%...that you do NOT test may not get tested for another week...or maybe two...or maybe three...or maybe four....until it is THEIR turn again..???..gee what are the chances that someone notbin that first 20% yested could be walking through those doors COVID19 positive and spends the next week...or two..or three or four weeks before they get tested?...oh...thought and question never came up..??...that proticol is not about being is about what makes it easier and less time cannot assure anyone who comes in the building that they will be are betting the know teachers are pretty smart...and we were hired because we were smart...don't ask us to play oppossum now..

Anonymous said...

It does make sense. It really does make sense.

Teachers can't wrap their minds around the ideology of the DOE.
Teachers are needlessly in a constant state of cognitive dissonance.

But, it all makes sense. All of the malevolence and harm by the DOE administration is intentional. The DOE, the mayors and their patrons want the privatization of the public schools. All in due time. It is all part of their long term strategy to privatize.

So, their is no accountability to help improve the public schools because the goal is to harm them. So, class size does not matter, the health and safety of employees does not matter; the students and their families are pawns in their long term strategy.

They do not want public schools to survive. Wrap your minds around that!

Anonymous said...

A student was upset about his grade, sent me a message. Said he "seened" his grade. Guess what his grade in English was...93. Fraud anybody? But I am the problem because my grades are honest.

Anonymous said...

With DeBlasio telling reporters that NYC should expect a full shutdown in the very near future—schools might go to full remote by Monday, December 21. However, the politicians along with the passive Mulgrew—continue to take a huge health gamble with the lives of all school staff, students and all of their families by having on-sites venues open. Once again, why have The Charter Schools of Eva Moskowitz been allowed to go full remote since September and at least through April?

Anonymous said...

For sure, only after another 75 teachers and administrators are dead.

Needless to say, De Blasio learned how to effectively kill to teachers last March
and April. He is doubling down on his great success.

Anonymous said...

The 2021 student achievement plant includes us working two more hours in the day with no pay. Every other weekend we will be required to work. Give me a break. These students before this were not doing the work now you think we are going to catch up. Last year it was about blaming the white people for societys problems now hes saying we are looking forward to next year. Well asshole lets hope we all survive this year and not worry about next year. Besides next year dumboo and you are out of office.

Anonymous said...


2024 National Democratic Primary:

Michelle Obama 29%
Harris 25%
Ocasio-Cortez 7%
Buttigieg 5%
Cuomo 5%
Booker 3%
Hickenlooper 3%
Klobuchar 2%
Kaine 2%
Patrick 1%
Gillibrand 1%
Omar 1%

Anonymous said...

During 2003, and the NYS Education debacle , I read articles by Charlotte Iserbyt. It was eye opening. The Deliberate Dumbing Down of American Education. It has been in the works for years. No words.