BROOKLYN EDUCATION APPOINTEE ABSTAINS ON 5TH GRADE SOCIAL PROMOTION
Guerrier, sole abstainer, on Panel for Educational Policy 12-0 vote
On Monday, September 27, Brooklyn’s Panel for
Educational Policy Appointee Martine Guerrier abstained from voting
on Mayor Bloomberg’s fifth grade social promotion policy.
The plan passed by a vote of 12 to 0. Guerrier, who was appointed
by Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, had proposed an amended
resolution, which lost 10 to 3.
support the work done and the process followed for the resolution,”
Guerrier said. “I abstained from voting because I felt that
the policy did not take into account that poor test scores are often
the result of poor instruction. The policy didn’t have a strong
enough commitment to improve schools with persistently high rates
of students performing below grade level, and at the same time,
set the bar too low on evaluating students for an appeal in June.
In a balancing act between acknowledging the hard work put into
the final resolution and the need to recognize the additional concerns
not addressed, I chose to abstain.”
were four main differences between the amended resolution and the
final policy passed Monday. Guerrier’s plan:
-Called for targeted investment in resources and operational support
for schools where 50 percent or more students perform below grade
· -Outlined higher standards for reviewing student portfolios.
· -Included identification of 4th and 5th graders who are
likely to receive Letters of Promotion in Doubt.
· -Recognized the need to notify parents of promotion decisions
in their native language, in a timely manner
of Guerrier’s proposed amendments did make it in to the final
draft of the resolution, including provisions for increased parent
involvement such as parent workshops and parent notification of
promotion decisions, as well as identification of students who may
need additional help within the first two months of the school year.