Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Carol Burris on grants for charters to share their "successful" practices

Carol Burris has been the principal of South Side High School in Rockville Centre, N.Y., for 12 years. South Side is ranked as one of the top high schools in the country by Newsweek every year, and in 2010, she was named the NYS Outstanding Educator by the School Administrators Association of New York.  She is one of the co-authors of the principals’ letter against evaluating teachers by test scores, which was signed by more than one third of all New York State principals, and more recently, a petition asking Governor Cuomo to end highstakes testing, which has received over 9500 signatures.  She has written many opeds in the Washington Post Answer Sheet, including Why “school reform” is a misnomer.
Today she received an email from the NY State Education Department charter school office, publicizing a $500,000 competitive grant program for charter schools to disseminate their “best practices” to public schools.
You can check out her reply below.
Sent: Wednesday, February 06, 2013 4:49 PM
Subject: 2013-2016 New York State Charter School Dissemination Program
Dear District School Leaders:
We are pleased to announce that the New York State Education Department has launched a competitive grant program called the 2013-2016 New York State Charter School Dissemination Program.  The purpose of this grant competition is to provide funds to support the dissemination of effective practices and programs that have proven successful in New York charter schools.  Up to $500,000 will be awarded to charter schools that are willing to partner with a district school or schools. While district schools are not eligible to apply as the lead applicant, they are able to apply in partnership with a charter school, and all funding must be used to directly support the district school.     
Information regarding the application process can be found here: A direct link to the application portal can be found here: An optional, but recommended, Letter of Intent is due February 22, 2013, and the full application is due March 15, 2013 at 3 p.m.
All questions about this RFP must be emailed to no later than February 27, 2013.  A questions and answers summary will be posted on February 15, 22, and March 1, 2013 to the following website: 

Sent: Wednesday, February 06, 2013 4:55 PM
Subject: RE: 2013-2016 New York State Charter School Dissemination Program
I am the principal of an outstanding public high school. I would be happy to share what I know with a charter. Does the grant go both ways, or do you assume that only charters have something to teach?


NYC Educator said...

I love the simplicity of the question.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Carol,I love your comment.Maybe some charter schools can tell you how they manage to avoid a large number of ELA and special ed students while eliminating children who may get low test scores or are behavior problems.