Teacher exodus growing

first_img The governor this year added $49 million in incentives for school districts to attract teachers into the lowest-performing schools, Bersin noted, and an agreement was made with the University of California system to train an additional 1,000 math and science teachers over the next five years. In the Los Angeles Unified School District, officials said they have been working hard to recruit new teachers and to reduce the number working with only temporary or emergency credentials. “We never stop recruiting. We are already two months into recruiting for next year,” said Deborah Ignagni, the LAUSD’s director of certificated recruitment. Most of the recruiting is done within California, with some nationwide and in Canada, she said. In the past, the district has also recruited in the Philippines, Spain and Mexico, and it might do so again this year. The district hired 2,376 teachers this year, bringing the total to 34,610, although the biggest need for new teachers is in math, science and special education. The district has also reduced the number of emergency credentialed teachers from 3,749 in 2002 to the current 249. The central administration does not assign teachers to specific schools but recruits them to the district and sets up interviews with principals and local school hiring committees. But some educators feel a school’s location makes a difference in the quality of its teachers. Frank Wells, who has been principal of Locke High School in South Los Angeles for the past two years and was previously assistant principal at Taft High School in Woodland Hills, sees a difference in the quality of teachers at the two schools, mostly because of community involvement. He feels that parents in affluent communities are more assertive, and so lower-performing teachers might be transferred to schools like Locke, where parents are less vocal. “Parents (at Taft) wouldn’t tolerate what we’re subjected to here,” Wells said. “That community doesn’t tolerate it. The squeaky wheel gets addressed.” His school has about 3,400 students, with 128 classroom teachers. Of those, 32 have only emergency credentials or are interns – a number he feels is too high. Some education officials feel the assignment of inexperienced teachers to lower-performing schools is a result of collective-bargaining agreements, in which teachers with seniority can transfer out of inner-city schools. But A.J. Duffy, president of United Teachers Los Angeles, said experience doesn’t always equate to quality. “It’s true that a lot of inexperienced teachers are in the inner city and hard-to-staff schools, but that doesn’t automatically mean that they’re not good teachers or not able to do the job,” Duffy said. And, he said, if the district improves a school’s resources such as staff development, safe campuses and higher salaries, “veteran teachers will be falling over themselves to get in there.” Harrison Sheppard, (916) 446-6723 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “There is a very narrow window of opportunity,” Gaston said. “So it really is incumbent upon the policy community to act now to mitigate this situation.” While struggling with short staffing, schools with the most students from minority and low-income families will also get unevenly large shares of the least-experienced teachers. California sends 85 percent of intern teachers to these schools, Gaston said. Schools that rated lowest in the Academic Performance Index were five times more likely to have underprepared teachers than higher-performing schools, according to the report. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has faced sharp criticism this year over education funding, plans to focus on the issue next year, according to his education secretary, Alan Bersin. “This is a huge and critical infrastructure need that the governor understands as we experience this generational shift,” Bersin said. SACRAMENTO – California will face a shortage of up to 100,000 teachers in the next decade as retirements crest even while schools cope with tougher federal requirements for student learning, according to a report released Wednesday. At the same time, enrollment has been dropping in teaching-preparation programs in the state – from 76,000 in 2002 to 67,500 in 2004, according to the report from the nonprofit Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning, based in Santa Cruz. Center director Margaret Gaston said the 2005-06 school year could be one of the last in a long time when the supply of teachers meets demand. California schools have about 306,000 teachers and hire about 22,000 a year just to cover normal attrition, Gaston said. But the baby boomers, about one-third of the current teachers, are expected to retire within 10 years – meaning the state is going to have to step up recruitment. last_img read more

Rangers Wipe Out Hurricanes, 4-1

first_imgNEW YORK — Henrik Lundqvist took a puck to the throat and was scared and in pain. His New York Rangers felt every bit of both as they watched him writhing on the ice.Lundqvist was struck by a shot from Carolina’s Brad Malone in the second period after teammate Ryan McDonagh’s stick pushed up his goalie mask.Lundqvist shook that off, stopped 31 shots overall, and backstopped the Rangers’ slump-busting 4-1 win over the Hurricanes on Jan. 31.“I was getting ready for the shot, and I could feel a stick under my chin pull up my helmet, so I lost vision of the puck,” Lundqvist said. “I had a bad feeling about it because I could kind of see the puck coming, but then I lost track of it.“When I got hit, it was obviously extremely painful and it was hard to breathe for a couple of minutes.”That pain subsided, but Lundqvist still felt headaches and light-headedness that the medical staff attributed to a lack of oxygen after being struck. By the time the Rangers stretched their lead to 4-1 in the third, he was feeling much better.The Rangers had lost two straight since the All-Star break, mustering only one goal in the process, but Rick Nash and Dominic Moore scored in the first period, and Chris Kreider and Dan Boyle added insurance tallies 21 seconds apart in the third.That was enough to get Lundqvist his 24th win.“You’re nervous for him, and your stomach drops a bit,” said Rangers defenseman Marc Staal, who faced brothers Eric and Jordan — Hurricanes forwards. “Anytime a guy is kind of rolling around and kicking his legs, you know it’s not good.”Malone had the lone goal for the Hurricanes, who went 7-3-2 in January — their first winning month this season. Cam Ward stopped 33 shots in Carolina’s first game of four-game trip that will continue out West.“I thought we controlled a lot of the play, just a few breakdowns,” Jordan Staal said. “That’s a good team that will make you pay quick. We have to rebound.”The Rangers have taken the first four meetings from the Hurricanes this season and have won 15-of-16 overall against Carolina, including nine straight at home.Lundqvist has been a big reason why. He also has experience with getting hit in the throat. He said he and his brother got into many fights because of his wayward high slap shot.“My brother was an expert at that, actually, in practice,” Lundqvist said. “He hit me on the throat a lot of times, but not like this where my helmet kind of came off and I lost track of the puck.“It could have been a lot worse. I feel lucky.”After being treated for about 5 minutes, Lundqvist gathered himself as chants of “Hen-rik, Hen-rik!” filled Madison Square Garden.“It was just unfortunate timing by me,” McDonagh said. “I’m trying to box a guy out, and my stick kind of gets his mask up.“I was a little nervous, but knowing the guy that he is, I thought for sure he would battle through.”Lundqvist’s best save came just over a minute into the second when he got his skate on the puck to prevent Andrej Nestrasil from scoring into an open right side.Malone brought Carolina within a goal at 2-1 at 5:38 when he deflected in a pass from defenseman Ryan Murphy for his fourth of the season and third in five games.“We’ve played better, had the puck more,” Hurricanes coach Bill Peters said. “Our starts have been better. Have to crack the riddle (of) scoring goals.”The Rangers spent much of the first period pinned in their zone. They were outshot 15-8 and relied on Lundqvist to bail them out multiple times — including in the closing seconds when he rolled onto his back to keep the puck from getting past him — and yet carried a 2-0 lead into the intermission.“The first half of the game, we might have been up 2-0 but that was mostly because of Hank’s play,” said Rangers coach Alain Vigneault, who shuffled up his forward lines multiple times. “We were up 2-0 but they had been the better team.”Nash got New York’s slumping offense rolling 6:30 in on the Rangers’ second shot. He intercepted Andrej Sekera’s clearing pass in the neutral zone and brought the puck into the Carolina end.He snapped a shot from above the left circle and beat Ward for Nash’s 29th goal — tying the NHL lead — and first in four games.(IRA PODELL, AP Hockey Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Minister Falconer to Participate in Seminar for Information Ministers of Developing Countries

first_imgStory Highlights The intensive programme from October 18 to 27 will cover a range of issues pertaining to radio, film and television development strategy, new media developments, operations, and innovation The Information Ministers Seminar and Workshop will bring together senior level participants from 20 developing countries The Minister without Portfolio with Responsibility for Information, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer left the island on Tuesday, October 15, for China where she will participate in a seminar/workshop for Information Ministers from developing countries. The seminar which will be held in Beijing is organized by the Government of China.The Information Ministers Seminar and Workshop will bring together senior level participants from 20 developing countries, including the Philippines, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar, Pakistan, Lesotho, South Africa, Sudan, Mali, Chile, Antigua & Barbuda, Cuba, Grenada, Papua New Guinea and Fiji.The intensive programme from October 18 to 27 will cover a range of issues pertaining to radio, film and television development strategy, new media developments, operations and innovation of broadcasting organisation and exchange and co-operation between China media and broadcasting organisation and foreign partners. The participants will also be engaged in a study tour to Shanghai.While in China, Minister Falconer will also hold direct talk with officials of the Chinese State Council Information Office, State Administrators of Radio, Film and Television as well as the Chinese National News Agency.Minister Falconer’s trip is funded by the Chinese Government with support from the Economic and Commercial Office of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Jamaica. She will return to the island on October 29, 2013. Minister Falconer will return to the island on October 29, 2013.last_img read more

New Canadian Stage season features collaborations between homegrown artists

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The production — which explores the legacy of non-Caucasian men in the First World War — will have only four shows in Toronto as part of a North American tour. Advertisement Facebook Revisor, from Betroffenheit creators Crystal Pite and Jonathon Young, “uses the language of farce to speak of a world riddled with corruption.” (CANADIAN STAGE) Advertisement Advertisement New works from notable Canadian artists are the highlight of the new Canadian Stage season announced Wednesday.Many of those involve partnerships, often between artists from different disciplines.“Collaboration is at the heart of our artistic endeavour and it’s written into the bedrock of the past decade of Canadian Stage’s history,” artistic and general director Matthew Jocelyn said in a news release. Jocelyn leaves the company this June but has programmed 17 works for the 2018/19 season.The season opens at the Bluma Appel Theatre in October with Xenos, the final solo performance by British dancer and choreographer Akram Khan, with a text written by rising Canadian playwright Jordan Tannahill. Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

NFL Week 13 Playoff Implications Be Thankful For Meaningful Games This Thanksgiving

UPDATE (Nov. 29, 3:52 p.m.): The interactive tables above have been updated to include the results of Thursday’s match-ups, and those games has been removed (the text of the article has not been updated).Turkey and football is an annual tradition. Turkey and meaningful football is a treat. So be thankful this year: When ranked by total playoff “swing” — a measure of how much each game affects the playoff picture1As measured by the cumulative amount of playoff probability at stake — three of the top four Week 13 games will take place on Thanksgiving.When the Chicago Bears visit the Detroit Lions in the first Thanksgiving Day game, the stakes are straightforward. The Bears are largely out of playoff contention, so all affected teams do better with a Lions loss — excluding the Lions, of course.You don’t need a complicated statistical model to tell you that the next game, between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys, will have huge implications for the NFC East title race. Going into the game, the Eagles have a slight edge on the Cowboys, with a 55 percent chance to win the division. A win in Dallas would increase its division title chances to 82 percent; a loss would drop it to 36 percent. Outside of the NFC East, the Green Bay Packers would prefer an Eagles victory, and the 49ers would prefer a Cowboys victory.2The Packers own the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Eagles, and the 49ers own the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Cowboys.Thursday night’s game between the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers will have significant playoff implications, but probably not in the way envisioned when the schedule was drawn up. The NFC West title isn’t at stake; the Arizona Cardinals have crashed the divisional party this year. Arizona holds a two-game lead over both Seattle and San Francisco. The Lions, Cowboys and Eagles will all be rooting for a San Francisco loss. And though Arizona’s playoff chances are better with a 49ers loss, its division title chances are better with a Seattle loss.We’ll let the charts do the talking for the rest of Week 13’s games. The most meaningful non-Turkey Day game is between the New Orleans Saints and the Pittsburgh Steelers, with more than 90 percentage points of playoff probability on the line. But, to close out this column, we thought we’d highlight some of the more interesting (or infuriating, depending upon your perspective) playoff scenarios that emerged from the 50,000 simulations that form the basis for this weekly feature. You can try your own hand at this with ESPN’s excellent Playoff Machine tool. But the scenarios below at least have a veneer of statistical plausibility.In last week’s column, we mentioned there were five simulations in which a five-win team won the NFC South. With losses from both the Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans last week, there are now 107 simulations in which a five-win team wins the NFC South, amounting to an 0.2 percent probability.3Of those 107 simulations, 89 resulted in a Carolina Panthers division title, and 18 resulted in a title for Atlanta.There were 2,029 instances (4 percent probability) in which an 11-win team did not make the playoffs. The Cowboys and the Eagles are the two teams most likely to suffer that fate.There were seven simulations in which a five-win team made the playoffs and an 11-win team did not.There were two simulations in which all four AFC North teams finished with 11 wins.A five-win division winner hosting a 12-win wild card team? That happened nine times in our simulations. read more

Delhis date with asardar sardars

first_imgSunday evening, it was west Delhi’s turn to hog the limelight. The highlight of the day? A stand-up act called  A’Sardar, which was a comedy gig presented by two most funniest sardars — Maheep Singh and Vikramjit Singh.The performance was a part of the ongoing Atelier ACT Festival which is a workshop of communication enthusiasts who have been organising creative educational programmes and devising socially relevant plays. It has conducted various workshops on creative teaching and creative learning. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting”We are continuously devising and designing specific learning enhancement programmes for special educators and are incorporating creative drama and theatre-in-education techniques,’ said a member of the group.’A’sardar, the word itself has a dual connotation. It refers to asardar (catalyst to change) sardars. Dedicated to the ones who are performing and the ones who are witnessing it. We are sardars but not the usual typical ones,’ said Maheep.His act mostly took a dig at regular mishaps in a Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflixsardar’s life. Like how a sardar is always greeted by specific terms like balle balle or paaji instead of his regular name or how he gets served sarso ka saag and makke ki roti even in an Italian restaurant and how he is much scarier than a scarecrow (toy) to horrify little children to manage them,’ laughed Maheep.Vikramjit’s act on the other hand started with a disclaimer note claiming — the jokes today are offensive but you need not worry since they are in English. He tickled the funny bone with his uncanny yet humourous remarks on fitness freaks seen at gyms, how shopping is not a natural thing (unlike what women call it) which should be solely replaced by lots of sex and food (much natural and pleasurable) and the advertisements on TV.Vikramjit has been doing stand up for over an year now, and says that he derives his punches from the daily problems he deals with in life.’Instead of ruminating over them, I make a joke out of them. Just like how batting comes to Sachin,’ Vikramjit said.’Comedy for me is being in the moment and suit according to the scene. I am a big believer in laughing at oneself. Then only you can succeed in bringing a few laughs,’ Maheep signed off.last_img read more