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The Times Reporting on the New Regents President Fair and Objective…

March 21, 2016

Earlier today I posted about the op ed article that appeared in today’s NYTPost full of misrepresentations, flawed assumptions, and fully conclusions about Betty Rosa, the newly elected Chancellor of the NY Regents. I was pleasantly surprised to read the NYTimes analysis of the appointment, fully expecting to read a more muted article with the same conclusion: the reformers lost and the “union” won… but to my surprise Times writer Kate Taylor wrote a fair and balanced description of the qualities of the newly elected Chancellor and a fair and balanced description of the factors that led to her election. Instead of linking Ms. Rosa’s ascension to unions, the Times accurately captured the reasons Ms. Tisch needed to be replaced:

Dr. Rosa’s election is an indication of how much both politicians and the public have turned against the policies promoted by Dr. Tisch, including the evaluation of teachers on the basis of state test scores. In December, the Regents placed a four-year moratorium on including the scores as a factor in teacher evaluations. Dr. Rosa has said she would like to make that change permanent.

Instead of portraying Ms. Rosa as a tool of the unions, the Times offered a summary of her background as a teacher, building level administrator, and District Superintendent in NYC public schools. And instead of prorating Ms. Rosa as someone who would lower standards and reduce accountability, they captured her educational ideology as follows:

Dr. Rosa said in an interview earlier this month that she believed in high standards, but that she thought there should be more recognition of the challenges that schools serving poor students face in meeting them.

“It’s not that you’re using poverty as an excuse — it’s recognizing that it does have an impact,” she said. “I think that we really have to get to a place where we can have these honest conversations.”

Here’s hoping the editorial page and the Times’ stable of columnists will take note that abandoning standardized testing does not mean abandoning standards or high expectations… and the recognizing the effect of poverty is NOT the same as “using poverty as an excuse”… but their unending praise for the likes of Eva Moskovitz and their suspicion of leaders like Dr. Farina who came up through the ranks makes me think it will take time for Dr. Rosa to turn their thinking around.

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