ADMINISTRATIVE FAILURE: New York State Advises That Struggling Yonkers Schools Made Some Academic Progress, But Much More Is Needed

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YONKERS, NY — November 10, 2019 — NEEDS IMPROVEMENT: Yonkers Public Schools’ struggling three schools made demonstrable progress in student achievement and other areas in 2018-19, but not as much as had been hoped, Albany officials announced Friday.  

DID NOT MAKE THE GRADE: The New York State Education Department listed the Yonkers Public Schools among 14 “receivership” schools statewide that showed at least minimal improvement during the past academic year.

STRUGGLING SCHOOLS:  Eight of those schools districts hit their expected targets fully, while six other school districts, including Yonkers, fell somewhat short. 

FAILING GRADE: As a result, none of the 14 schools risk being turned over to outside managers known as independent receivers. Instead, all will remain under the control of local district superintendents who, under state law, are authorized to see that the schools continue to progress. 

Dr. Edwin M. Quezada, Superintendent of the Yonkers Public School District.

This could create three new Charter Schools in Yonkers if the Superintendent Edwin Quezada doesn’t get much more improvements for Yonkers families.

Yonkers is the largest K-12 district in Westchester County, and is also one of the poorest in terms of family incomes. 

The state’s chief education policymaker, Board of Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa of the #Bronx, acknowledged improvements made in all 14 schools, but added in a prepared statement that, “we know that there is still much to be done to ensure that every child has equitable access to a high-quality education.” 

Yonkers Public Schools was  identified as needing extensive improvement in July 2015, under a new state receivership law. 

Some of Yonkers’ schools had been tagged as struggling many years before that, under a series of other state improvement efforts.

Yonkers was not the only district included on the state’s list of receivership schools whose status was updated Friday. 

The Yonkers struggling schools chools are…. 

Cross Hill Academy

MLK High Tech Computer Magnet 

Museum School 25  

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  1. I worked in yonkers public schools as a sub and it was horrible. Was let go because I reported a child with a gun to the police in Enrico Fermi. Quezada had the whole thing covered up as it would have made his drinking buddy Principal Del Monte look bad. Knife attack in MLK by an 8th grader on a 2nd grader covered up. Hallway clean up took 3 weeks. Quezada was a horrible principal and a horrible person. He is one of Spano’s lackeys. The entire school system is full of people who are friends and relatives of Quezada and Spano. Nepotism, the Yonkers way of running things. The Albany system should take over the city and run it right without influence from the mayor and his people. No surprise that the board of ed refuses to release lead levels in the drinking water for the last 15 years under Quezada’s orders as all but 1 school would fail. Same with the toxic mold tests. Dozens of lawsuits a year adding up to millions due to incompetence and nepotism. Channel 12 news won’t cover anything negative as it wouldn’t help the gentrification going on in the city.

  2. I have been assisting a family in what is best described as one of the “better” schools in the district.
    At best, I can only state that it is a total sh*t show.
    Everyone from those in district office to the incompetent principal should be ashamed of the treatment that this family has experienced.
    I feel most sorry for the young children subjected to the lack of professionalism that is being displayed.

  3. Now Quesada can advocate for a third charter school for Eddie and Sobeida to own and have Carmen to run since the Yonkers public schools are failing.

  4. Not sure I am reading this correctly – but as far as I can tell:

    1) We are talking about 3 of the district’s 39 schools,

    2) Those schools house about 1,500 to 1,600 kids out of a district of 26,750 students – less than 6% (not sure how accurate that is I only did a quick online search),

    3) All three of those schools are listed as making “demonstrable progress”,

    4) Museum 25 and MLK Jr are listed as “remove” in the NYSED receivership list (whatever that means), and

    5) On top of all that this happened in what the article notes as “…the largest K-12 district in Westchester County, and…also one of the poorest in terms of family incomes.”

    I’d say it could be much, much worse given the size and complexity of our district.

    And a quick note on teacher incomes since I always hear our teachers make too much. In challenging districts you need higher salaries to attract and retain good teachers. If salaries are too low anyone worth one’s salt will just go get a job somewhere else and you will be left with bottom of the barrel.

  5. In these Yonkers schools are we caring for the children emotionally in addition to academically? Are we checking that they are fed? That they are getting their proper amounts of sleep?

    Let’s stop placing blame on this one and that one and just think of the children’s well being. If they are thriving their scores will improve. It’s not just the district or the teachers or even the parents, it’s about everyone working together to put the children’s needs on top. Maybe it’s paycuts in the district to put more affordable brain healthy foods in the kids mouths. Maybe it’s taking time to talk about mental health for children, teachers, and parents. Maybe we need more after school programs to keep the children engaged. Or sitting down with them at home and going over what they learned that day – making sure they understand.

    Bottom line, the kids need help and they deserve the best education we can provide.

  6. Extremely overpaid workers failing to meet even basic standards or targets – that’s Yonkers in a nutshell and proof positive that throwing money at a problem isn’t always the best solution. Quezada makes almost $300,000 each year, but his tenure has been mired in failure and sexual harassment accusations (remember those?).

    Public workers in this city should have to demonstrate to us, the people who pay their salaries, a) why they make so much money, b) what they’ve done each year to deserve so much money, and c) how their salaries compare to similar municipalities.

    If teachers and/or administrators earn $100,000+ but their students/districts are failing, then the teachers/administrators are failing to do their jobs adequately. Taxpayers are not getting their money’s worth. Salaries should be reduced until the underperforming teachers/administrators either improve or are removed and replaced by more qualified, better performing teachers/administrators who are capable of delivering yearly targets.

    No one making six figures a year should be given a free ride for subpar results.

      1. And yet they do. The average median *household* income in Yonkers is $61,000. Plenty of households live on much less. Individual YPS teachers making $100,000+, especially in underperforming schools/districts, is nothing short of theft of public money.

      2. They don’t live in yonkers. They own property here. The people working in our school systems should actually live here. When i was working in the school system i was told “At the end of the day I go home and they’re not my problem anymore. Just pass them and you won’t have problems. Play ball or get off the field.” I reported things, failed kids who did no work, asked for the kids to actually get the help they were supposedly getting, and was let go.

  7. I wonder what one and done Khader will do to fix the failing schools instead of yelling at the bored of Ed maybe he should come up with some good ideas

  8. I love this city. I am a product of the many adults who raised me in this city. #WeRBetter2gether
    I often hear that parents aren’t engaged. When I speak to parents the issue is they don’t have the information. I also hear schools don’t care about students. When I speak to educators there is a disconnect of community concerns.
    In January, I plan to launch an organization that will help bridge the gap. What if we all did one thing to help improve our schools?

    1. While any malign the teachers, it is up to the superintendent to find the curriculum that is best suited for our student population.The teachers can only work with what they get to work with. Queadoisoftenreferreedtoas a god but the truth is he is an ineffective superintendent. The Yonkers Tribue warned that he was a dud before he garnered his most recent contract. 65 percent of the student population in Yonkers Public Schools are not proficient in reading or math. —- Kindly, Hezi

  9. Maybe Quezada can take a pay cut since he makes $279, 354/year. And while we’re at it – why not have YPS teachers give a little back to the system instead of taking from it. I can’t even begin to tell you how many of them make $100+/year salaries.

    What a disgrace.

    1. Why dont you go back to school and obtain 2 master degrees (7 years as long as a doctor), pay your student debt to the age of 42 and you too can make 100k a year .

      1. Based on your writing, it looks like you could use a refresher class in remedial writing (and God help us if you’re a YPS teacher). Two “master degrees” or not – dumb is forever. By the way, for those of us keeping score at home, Quezada has an “online doctorate” from Walden University, an online “university.”

        Ah, the great lie that well-paid people deserve their pay. Teaching might be a thankless job, but let’s call a spade, a spade. Yonkers public workers are overpaid and their selfish salaries and pensions are bankrupting the city. Your tax dollars at work, folks, and just one of the many reasons why Yonkers is failing.

      2. But remember it is a 10 month a year job, with lots of days off.

        Bottom line they are overpaid for a poor district. You won’t convince me otherwise.

        1. Lol. Go teach. You work 9 hour days. The school tries to force extracurriculars on every teacher. Then you Go home to write multiple lesson plans. 3 per class for each day of the week. 6 if you have a dual language classroom. You need lesson plans for each kid with an IEP. 150 students is normal, in yonkers about 5 per classroom have an IEP. You have to Write up classroom reports for every incident occured on a daily basis. Write up referrals for any extra services a kid might need. You need to make calls to CPS, social services, homeless shelters, etc. You need to write reports about those calls. The school psychologists want reports too. Then you have to actually grade things. Yeah it’s 11 months where you have no life except the school. Teachers have to break down and set up the classroom as well as do conferences at the end of the school year and before it starts.

  10. Parents play the biggest role in turning this situation around! Teachers are to add on to the child’s learning process and aid them when their stuck. I am a parent of 2 younger children and honestly these teachers are only going to do what their salary requires of them. US the PARENTS cannot send the child to school uneducated expecting the human teacher to accommodate each child’s needs and concerns and realistically that wont happen.

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