November 13, 2007

Grade 'Em All

Merryl H. Tisch, vice-chancellor of the New York State Board of Regents, wrote an editorial published in today's New York Post about New York City's new school-report-card initiative, which assigns A-to-F grades to all public schools. Tisch calls for the inclusion of charter schools in the grading initiative in order to "validate the importance and integrity of charters."

Tisch continues, "As the new school-report cards debuted last week, I was among a group of seasoned educators in Queens. Sitting between two principals, whose schools had gotten an A and a B, I listened as they spoke of the grading system and made plans to visit with each other and share their experiences. This is what the report cards were intended to produce: sharing of ideas, leading to enhanced learning environments. Why leave charter schools out of this exchange? Why work to further the distance between charter schools and their totally public counterparts?"

Read more here.