Teacher Data Released, Criticized; Nelson Mandela Hospitalized; Strong Winds Coming Through the City


Data rating 18,000 New York City teachers was released Friday, but not without strong caveats as both teachers and education leaders warned of flaws. Teachers are evaluated based on how much value they add as evidenced by change in student performance on standardized tests relative to measurement of how the student should perform when taking into account demographics. The margin of error is, however, wide: 53 percentage points for English teachers and 35 for math. “I think it’s extremely important that we not denigrate our teachers based on the reports. This, as I have indicated, is just one piece of information. It’s dated information, it’s two years old,” Chancellor Dennis Walcott said. News organizations had requested the information under the Freedom of Information Law. [NYT, NYDN, NY1]

Nelson Mandela was hospitalized Saturday due to what a statement from South African President Jacob Zuma’s office called “a long-standing abdominal complaint.” The statement said that “doctors feel it needs proper specialist medical attention.” [NYT]

Douglas Kennedy, the son of Robert F. Kennedy, was charged with “harassment and endangering the welfare of a child” after a conflict that ensued when he took his 2-day-old child out of the newborn unit of a Westchester hospital. [NBC New York]

Governor Andrew Cuomo, Mayor Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn are going to church today. They are expected to attend a “special prayer service” led by Cardinal Timothy Dolan at St. Patrick’s Cathedral today. Dolan became a cardinal last weekend in Rome. [NY1]

Dolan is being honored in red lights at 1 World Trade Center, but not before the Empire State Building caused some controversy by not paying glowing tribute to the cardinal in its famous illuminated peak. [NYDN]

It’s a Winnie the Pooh-style blustery day. The National Weather Service warns of high winds until 6 p.m. today, and predicts gusts up to 60 miles per hour. [NWS]