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August 30, 2017
Suspensions, evaluations and the Absent Teacher Reserve: What a new union boss has on his mind
This September, Mark Cannizzaro will become president of the Council of School Supervisors and Administrators.
June 8, 2017
Longtime principals union president Ernest Logan announces his retirement
Logan has served as president of the Council of School Supervisors and Administrators for nearly 11 years.
it's a deal
December 6, 2014
Principals to see raises, backpay and career-ladder positions in new contract
The nine-year, $891 million deal for principals and assistant principals would increase pay by 18 percent by 2019 through raises paid out in seven increments.
less is more
September 9, 2014
Last-minute change to evaluations reduces classroom observations
Teachers who have been rated “effective” now have the option to be observed four times, down from six last year, with each visit lasting as little as 15 minutes — an option similar to what’s being offered to “highly effective” teachers this year. The agreement means that many administrators will be required to spend less time in classrooms next year.
September 5, 2014
Amid contract strife, principals chief says he’s made a deal to reduce observations
Ernest Logan told principals in an email he had “forged an agreement” with Chancellor Carmen Fariña to reduce the number of classroom observations that principals and assistant principals have to conduct this year.
November 22, 2013
Fearing change, principals lobby de Blasio to protect networks
Facing an incoming mayor who wants to shake up the city school system, a coalition of principals is lobbying to hold on to one Bloomberg policy they say is crucial to running their schools. A group of 120 school leaders say they're concerned with Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio's campaign pledge to restructure the city's support networks, which manages school operations around professional development, curriculum and budgeting. De Blasio has said he wants some decision-making authority restored to district superintendents, who oversaw support before Mayor Bloomberg won control of the school system. The principals said they felt compelled to respond publicly to a chorus of criticism that the networks have received recently. "Our feeling is that there has been a lot of talk, that people are dissatisfied with networks and the new mayor should eliminate them," said P.S. 321 Principal Liz Phillips, who is leading the coalition. "But we felt that the voice of a lot of principals who are very satisfied haven't been heard."
November 15, 2013
In award speech, Bloomberg calls principals "unsung heroes"
Though they haven't always seen eye to eye on education issues, Mayor Bloomberg's relationship with Council of School Supervisors and Administrators President Ernie Logan is still in good shape as his third term comes to a close. Bloomberg's affection for principals and their union boss was on display this week during a speech at a gala event hosted by New Visions for New Public Schools. The education organization, which partnered with the Department of Education to create 100 small high schools and charter schools during Bloomberg's tenure, awarded him with its "Visionary Award." "He's going to be embarrassed when I tell you this," Bloomberg said. "But Ernie Logan, who is the president of the principals union, and his members have made an enormous difference." The remarks start about 2 minutes and 40 seconds into the video.
June 18, 2013
Principals union endorses Thompson, despite disagreements
A day before the teachers union is set to endorse a mayoral candidate, New York City's principals union has backed former Board of Education president Bill Thompson while acknowledging that they don't agree on all policy issues. "I don't know if we'll always agree on what's best," said Ernest Logan, president of the Council of School Supervisors and Administrators. "But that's the difference here — having someone talk to you and be collaborative and listen to you." He added about Thompson, "He respects school leaders ... and we're not getting that" under Bloomberg. Logan signaled that the union's executive board was not at all unanimous in its decision. Thompson had twice as many votes as the next closest candidate, Logan said, but he won just 40 percent of the board's vote.
June 18, 2013
City principals union endorses Bill Thompson
Just in from the Council of School Supervisors and Administrators: The Council of School Supervisors and Administrators, Local 1: AFSA, AFL-CIO, Endorses William C. Thompson, Jr. for Mayor NEW YORK, June 18, 2013 – The members of the Executive Board and the Advisory Committee for the Council of School Supervisors and Administrators (CSA), the union representing nearly 16,000 NYC public school principals, assistant principals, educational administrators, directors and assistant directors of city-funded day care, and members of the union’s Retiree Chapter have voted to endorse William C. Thompson, Jr. for mayor of NYC.
May 9, 2013
IBO: City could save money by eliminating principal bonus pay
The Independent Budget Office's latest suggestion for how to cut costs at the Department of Education is to cut a performance pay program for school administrators that the Bloomberg administration convinced the principals union to accept. Since 2007, the department has distributed about $6 million a year to principals and assistant principals on the basis of their schools' progress report scores. Last year, 275 administrators — including some who were under investigation at the time — took home $5.7 million, with individual rewards as high as $25,000, for principals at the top 1 percent of schools. Department officials said today that this year's bonuses, based on 2011-2012 progress reports, are in the process of being paid out now. In its annual "Options" report listing ways for the city to save funds and raise revenue, the IBO argues that the performance pay might be better off conserved. The annual report is meant to inform city government officials as they head into their final negotiations before adopting a budget for the 2014 fiscal year. The education department, which takes up about a quarter of the city's planned spending, was listed in 14 of the 80 suggestions this year. For each cost-cutting idea, the IBO lists arguments that supporters and opponents might make. For the performance pay idea, the report notes, "Proponents might argue that the more weight that is placed on the Progress Reports, the more incentive there is for administrators and teachers to 'teach to the test' and even to manipulate data. Moreover, the remaining measurement problems in the Progress Reports might imply that the basis for awarding the bonuses is flawed."
January 31, 2013
Fault lines emerge in mayoral hopefuls' consensus on schools
Mayoral candidates mingle after discussing education at an event Wednesday hosted by the principals union. If education policy discussions among mayoral candidates were a song, the second verse would be the same as the first. With two recent entrants to the Republican race absent, the lineup for Wednesday evening's discussion, hosted by the Council of School Supervisors and Administrators, was identical to the first education debate held in November, and the conversation was similar, too. The four Democratic candidates — Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, Comptroller John Liu, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, and former comptroller Bill Thompson — and the single Republican, Manhattan Media publisher Tom Allon, rehashed now-familiar positions on school closures (most want a moratorium), educator as chancellor (almost all are committed to that), and community schools (after a visit to Cincinnati, they are all on board with the model). But CSA President Ernest Logan told GothamSchools that he thought sharper distinctions would emerge in the coming months, particularly about which elements of the Bloomberg administration's school policies each candidate would maintain. "I think [the candidates] are trying to come into their own," he said. "If you dig down deep, I think you can find some disagreement."
May 15, 2012
DOE's argument for lawsuit focuses on potential hiring delays
City lawyers have filed their response to a union lawsuit that seeks to derail plans to move forward on 24 school closures. Both sides are due in court tomorrow to argue their case about whether a temporary restraining order on the closures should be extended. The lawsuit seeks to prevent the Department of Education from following through on its decision last month to "turn around" 24 schools at the end of the school year. The plans include the replacement of up to 50 percent of the teaching staffs at the schools. Lawyers for the principals and teachers unions filed the lawsuit last week, and the DOE agreed to halt all hiring until Wednesday's hearing as part of the restraining order. As we reported last week – and as the city's response below argues – one problem the city has with the motion is that further delay to its plans could "cause disruption" to the hiring process.
March 7, 2012
Teacher group: Principal evals should count attrition, discipline
Principals are already evaluated on test scores, parent and teacher surveys, and their compliance with an array of policies. But their performance should also be assessed on new measures, including teacher retention and the number of students suspensions under their watch. Those are key recommendations being published today in a new paper by the teacher advocacy group Educators 4 Excellence. A policy team of 18 public and charter school teachers reviewed research, examined current policies, and surveyed 197 colleagues to reach their conclusions, which will be discussed tonight at a panel on principal evaluations. The paper, called “Principals Matter: Principal Evaluations from a Teacher's Perspective,” seeks to emphasize the teacher’s point of view on the issue. That includes the proposal that principals “be given credit” when effective teachers stay at their schools. In a city where half of all teachers leave the profession after five years, the paper concludes that “effective teacher retention data can illustrate a principal’s ability to support teachers and should be one component of a principal evaluation system." The paper also recommends that student suspensions should be considered when measuring a principal's success at developing a safe and culturally responsive environment.
February 1, 2012
Principals union chief urges state to reject city's turnaround bid
The city's bid to "turn around" 33 struggling schools is politically motivated and should be quashed, according to the head of the city's principals union. The city is days away from submitting a formal request for State Education Commissioner John King to release millions of dollars in federal funding for the 33 schools even though the city has not yet negotiated new evaluations with the teachers union. Ernest Logan, president of the Council of School Supervisors and Administrators, sent a letter to King Tuesday urging him to reject the city's request. Logan charges that the city's announcement last month that it would abandon two in-process school improvement strategies, "transformation" and "restart," was meant only to sidestep a requirement that the city negotiate with CSA and the United Federation of Teachers. Without an agreement, King froze federal funds to the schools last month. "Simply stated, if the Turnaround model were the most educationally sound plan of intervention for the 33 schools, it would have been selected for any or all of them in 2010 and 2011," Logan writes. "It was not. It is being proposed now only as a means of evading the ... evaluation requirements." The city is required to negotiate new evaluations in order to receive federal funds and, in a plan Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced last month, additional state school aid. But Cuomo also said he would push changes to the state's 2010 evaluation law if districts do not adopt new evaluations by mid-month. City officials are lobbying legislators to take that route, even though a statewide teachers union, NYSUT, has said it is on the verge of agreement for nearly all districts other than New York City.
February 1, 2012
Diane Ravitch exhorts city principals to join evaluations protest
Principals union president Ernest Logan with Diane Ravitch after Ravitch's speech to union members on Tuesday City principals should overcome their fear and join with more than a thousand of their colleagues from across the state who oppose New York's teacher evaluation rules, Diane Ravitch urged during a speech to the principals union Tuesday. A group of Long Island principals launched a petition in November arguing that the state’s evaluation regulations — which require a portion of teachers’ ratings to be based on their students’ test scores — are unsupported by research, prone to errors, and too expensive at a time of budget cuts. The petition has attracted nearly 1,300 principals from across the state, but relatively few — just over 100 — work in New York City, in a trend that has persisted since the petition's earliest days. Sean Feeney, a Nassau County principal who drafted the petition, said in November that city principals seemed to be more afraid of jeopardizing their jobs by speaking out. Ravitch, a frequent and outspoken critic of the Bloomberg administration's education policies, took aim at those concerns during the kickoff event in the union's 50th anniversary celebration. She concluded her speech by exhorting city principals to sign on to the evaluations petition. "There is strength in numbers," she said to the roughly 150 current and retired principals in the audience. "The DOE can't fire you all."
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