N.Y. Post Praises Children's Aid Society Community School M.S. 324's Performance

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The March 12 New York Post gave kudos to M.S. 324 in Washington Heights and its above-average test performance, which has led to $3,000 bonuses for all teachers and staff through an experimental merit-pay program. (President Obama supports merit pay for teachers!)

What the paper didn't say, however, is that M.S. 324 is a Children's Aid Society community school, led by principal Janet Heller and community school director Marinieves Alba.

So here's the info: the school has extensive after-school programming and additional caring adults present via Children's Aid; medical services for students are right in the school and dental services are provided across the street at P.S. 8, another Children's Aid community school. Social workers and other qualified adults within the school help ensure that the school's students are coping with stress and any other problems they may have and are in their classrooms ready to learn.

The Post's article, by Carl Campanile, pictured teacher and union rep Benjamin Lev along with principal Heller. The article didn't point out that Lev is also educational coordinator for Children's Aid's after-school program at M.S. 324, so he is a supporter of the Department of Education - Children's Aid partnership.

Photo: GRIN & MERIT: Teacher Benjamin Lev and Principal Janet Heller are at the forefront of MS 324's educational achievements, which earned teacher bonuses.