Alarmed by reports of declining numbers of black and Latino students in the city's elite high schools, two groups began offering free tutoring. One of them, the Science Schools Initiative, had 28 of its 64 students receive an acceptance letter.
The Success Academy charter school network has been green-lighted to open three new schools in Brooklyn next fall, but that has not led to acceptance in neighborhoods like Cobble Hill, where some parents and teachers are still protesting.
The two sides met on Tuesday, hours after the union asked the state’s labor review board to intervene. There was no progress and Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott criticized union leader Michael Mulgrew for not attending.
Tony Fisher, 47, the acting principal, was named to permanently replace Eileen Coppola, who in 2010 became the third principal to resign in five years.
Like their peers across the country, black and Hispanic public school students in New York City have been disciplined more harshly than other students, and they are less likely to be exposed to high-level curriculums or experienced teachers, according to new federal data.
Black students, and boys in particular, are more likely to be harshly disciplined in school than other students, according to new data from the U.S. Department of Education. The new information, from the department's Civil Rights Data Collection’s 2009-10 statistics, shows that while black students make up a fraction of the enrollment at schools surveyed -- 18 percent -- they account for 35 percent of first-time suspensions and 46 percent of second-time suspensions.
Schools and teachers are still reeling from the release and publication of their performance ratings -- particularly at two Brooklyn schools, where teachers received low ratings despite the schools' otherwise excellent reputations. Also, how Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's proposed budget could affect child care and after-school programs.
Nearly one in ten students who applied in the first round of the city's high school admissions process did not receive a match. But there are still options for parents and students, including new public and charter high schools opening this fall.
The Panel for Education Policy voted to allow a Success Academy charter school's opening in the fall inside of a Williamsburg middle school; parents in the Bronx are worried about overcrowding; and the mayor and schools chancellor are speaking this morning on a panel about education reform.
Teachers have found many errors in their data reports, and city education officials acknowledge that the rankings are imprecise. Still, the records will probably remain as they were reported a week ago, as a permanent assessment of teacher performance.
On Wednesday the city said that more black and Latino students were accepted into the city's elite public high school in the admissions process. On Thursday, more eighth graders will learn which schools admitted them -- from letters distributed at their schools or sent home.
Black History Month is coming to a close and 217 charter school teachers get their turn under the microscope as their rankings are made public.
The city fulfilled a court order on Tuesday to make teacher evaluation data public by releasing its last batch of performance ratings, this time for 217 city school teachers and 50 special education teachers. The city has warned about using the ratings to draw conclusions about individual teachers. The ratings are grouped by school on SchoolBook.
As students and teachers returned to school on Monday after the publication of 18,000 teachers' performance rankings, many parents said they were looking at their children's teachers' reports and giving them serious thought. Yet there was an equal measure of skepticism from parents who doubted that test scores bore any relationship to classroom competence.
Outside the doors of the Tweed Courthouse, the headquarters of the city's Education Department, there were few champions on Friday of the release of individual performance rankings of 18,000 public school teachers.
In a guide sent to public school principals on Friday, city officials suggested that they respond to upset teachers' concerns by telling them that the Department of Education "did not support the release of this data; we were required to do so by the courts." But it was the Education Department that stoked the media's interest in pursuing publication of the teacher reports.
The City Education Department has called for investigations into nine high schools for irregularities in the way the schools scored examinations or awarded credits, and has identified hundreds of students in the city who were allowed to graduate without meeting basic requirements.
New figures on police activity in city schools show that in the fall, safety agents and officers arrested about five students a day. On Wednesday, advocates used this statistic to criticize the city for giving the Police Department too much control over discipline in schools.
After three school employees were charged with sexually molesting children in the last two weeks, the city's Education Department announced on Friday that it will tell principals if job applicants have records of misconduct.
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said on Thursday that his administration will continue to push for the closing of 33 struggling schools, although the original reason given for this intervention has disappeared. His argument: time is of the essence. And under the new system, it will still be two years before teachers can receive two ineffective ratings, positioning them for dismissal