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Anna Phillips

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At One-Year Mark, Walcott Sees Improvement in Education Debate's Tone

Thursday, April 05, 2012

Reflecting on his first year as chancellor of the city's schools, one marked by protests over school closings and the public release of teacher rankings, Dennis M. Walcott said that, in some ways, the tone of the citywide education debate has improved under his leadership.

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StudentsFirstNY Announces Itself

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

StudentsFirstNY, the new political group formed by leaders of the education reform movement like Joel I. Klein and Michelle Rhee, officially announced its arrival on Wednesday morning.

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City Revokes Williamsburg High School's Charter

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

City officials announced on Tuesday that they will revoke the charter for a Williamsburg high school that opened in 2004 and has suffered from governance and financial problems.

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City Withdraws Plans to Close Seven Schools

Monday, April 02, 2012

New York City's Department of Education withdrew its plans on Monday to close seven schools and reopen them this summer, but officials said they would proceed with plans to close 26 others. The proposed closings have been strongly opposed by the schools, various elected officials and the city's teachers' union.

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Tweet, Tweet, Go the Kindergartners

Monday, April 02, 2012

Three days a week, as the school day draws to a close, Jennifer Aaron's kindergarten class at P.S. 150 in Manhattan sits down to compose a message about what they have been doing all day. Then they send it out to their parents and relatives through Twitter, the stomping grounds of celebrities and politicians, where few kindergartners have been known to venture.

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Budget Analysis: Charter Spending Squeezing Education Budget

Thursday, March 29, 2012

New York City's Education Department will spend $51 million to open 26 new charter schools next year, according to a report released on Thursday by the Independent Budget Office. The analysis of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's preliminary budget also found that the city had slightly overestimated how much the Department of Education's budget would increase next year, while minimizing the amount by which general education spending may have to be cut to cover rising costs in other areas.

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City Submits Plans to Close and Reopen 33 Schools

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

With only three months left until the end of the school year, city education officials are proceeding with plans to close and reopen 33 schools this summer. On Tuesday, officials sent their proposals to the State Education Department, kicking off a review process that could take months and wind up in court.

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Schools Will Be Protected From Cuts Next Year, Walcott Says

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

After years of painful cuts and threats of teacher layoffs, city officials on Tuesday laid out a decidedly more optimistic portrait of financing for city schools next year, saying they expected that principals would have enough money in their budgets to retain most of their teachers and other school employees.

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Elementary Students in Large Classes Tripled, Report Shows

Monday, March 26, 2012

The number of elementary school students in classes of 30 or more has tripled in the last three years as a result of teacher attrition and budget cuts to public schools, according to a report by City Councilman Brad Lander. Although the report warned of more class size growth, city officials said they do not expect to make further cuts to schools' budgets.

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Union Calls on Speaker Silver to Save the Teacher Centers

Saturday, March 24, 2012

New York City's teachers' union is calling on state lawmakers to restore money for teacher centers, which function as the training and development arm of some city schools. Although the program received $20.4 million last year, discussion of its future has been absent from this spring's budget negotiations.

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After a False Start, a Progressive School Gets Ready to Open

Thursday, March 22, 2012

A year after city education officials made the controversial decision to take the space allotted to a planned progressive elementary school and hand it to a KIPP charter school instead, the jilted school has found a home. The Bridge Castle School will open next year in Washington Heights with a plan to attract English- and Spanish-speaking children, as well as those with incarcerated family members.

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Closing of Far Rockaway Charter School Will Go to Court

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Peninsula Preparatory Charter School, an elementary school in Far Rockaway, Queens, was granted a temporary restraining order on Wednesday, putting the city's plans to close the school on pause.

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Stringer Calls for Immediate Removal of 'Pink Slime' Products

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The Manhattan borough president, Scott M. Stringer, on Wednesday demanded that the city immediately remove any products in school lunches containing a low-cost meat filler known to its critics as "pink slime." City officials said they plan to phase out those lunch products, which include meatballs and beef paddies, by September.

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Doubts About High-Stakes Tests and Their Effect on Teachers

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

At a panel discussion on high-stakes testing Monday night, the chief academic officer of New York City's public schools said that principals were not alone in being concerned about the state's new teacher evaluation system. He also has qualms.

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Mulgrew to Walcott: Use Loan Forgiveness to Retain Teachers

Monday, March 19, 2012

In a letter on Monday to Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott, Michael Mulgrew, the president of the teachers' union, reminded city officials that any loan forgiveness program for teachers must be negotiated. But Mr. Mulgrew offered conditional support for the mayoral proposal, with the recommendation that it be used to keep experienced teachers in the system and discourage the kind of turnover that robs pupils of teachers with proven abilities.

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Pay to the Order of Public School X ...

Monday, March 19, 2012

Just how expensive is a public school education? SchoolBook and WNYC are turning to readers this week to get a better understanding of the fiscal state of New York City's public schools and how much and how often parents dig into their pockets for supplies, fund-raising auctions and uniforms. As they say in fund-raising speak, your contributions will make a major difference.

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City Removes John Dewey High School Principal

Friday, March 16, 2012

New York City's Department of Education removed the principal of a Brooklyn high school from his position on Friday, a decision that caught school staff by surprise and fueled complaints that the city was trying to quash protests against Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's education policies.

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State Will Overhaul Its Handling of Test-Tampering Complaints

Friday, March 16, 2012

The state Education Department announced on Thursday that it would hire a team of investigators and lawyers to overhaul and modernize the state's handling of test tampering complaints. Among the recommendations: create a new test security unit made up of investigators and lawyers, take over investigations of serious claims of test tampering, increase penalties for school staff members who are found cheating and mandate that any person who learns of test tampering report it to the state.

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Legislators Agree to Turn Teacher Evaluation System Into Law

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Legislative leaders agreed Thursday to turn a new teacher evaluation system into law, bringing New York a step closer to ensuring that the state will hold on to $700 million in federal education aid. After two years of battles with the teachers' unions, legislative leaders and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo had struck a deal to put the system in place -- a condition to receive federal Race to the Top money.

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Deal Reached to Buy a Greenwich Village Building for a City School

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Nearly four years after overcrowding in Greenwich Village led parents and elected officials to demand a new school, the city has agreed to buy 75 Morton St., a seven-story state-owned building.

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