"You're not invited anymore," were union president Michael Mulgrew's words on his decision to uninvite city education officials from joint evaluation training sessions for teachers and unions. The union booted the city after Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's State of the City address last week, which he used to single out the teachers union as an impediment to education reform.
In a joint hearing of the higher education and K-12 education committees, City Council members asked Department of Education officials how it was possible to assign meaning to an increasing graduation rate if a majority of students remain unprepared for college.
In a robo-call placed to teachers on Tuesday night, their union's president, Michael Mulgrew, urged them to attend the monthly meeting of the Panel for Educational Policy at Brooklyn Technical High School in Fort Greene on Wednesday night. "We’re going to express our opinion," Mr. Mulgrew said about his plans for the evening.
Community organizations and church groups packed a Williamsburg, Brooklyn, middle school on Tuesday night to protest the planned arrival of a Success Academy charter school, which they maintained is aimed at wealthy, white families, not Latinos.
UPDATED | Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's executive budget has quite a bit to say about education in New York. Along with a four percent spending increase -- contingent on school districts adopting new teacher evaluations -- the budget includes changes to student busing and special education spending. Read the reactions.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is at his peak of popularity, but only a slim majority of voters in New York believe that he will fulfill his declaration to be a lobbyist for students, a new poll by the Siena College Research Institute found.
A day after Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said he would circumvent the teachers union to create his own teacher evaluation process, the union is trying to force the city back to the negotiation table.
As rain and wind battered the Morris high school campus on Thursday morning, students said they were excited to have a prominent guest in Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, who has chosen the school's auditorium as the delivery point for his State of the City address.
Three charter schools in Williamsburg, operated by the Believe Network, are slated to be closed after suffering management and financial woes for years. Shutting them down could affect more than 1,500 students, the largest impact of any charter school closings in the city.
New York City's Department of Education announced plans on Monday to close two long-troubled charter schools in Brooklyn and Queens at the end of this school year: Williamsburg Charter High School in Brooklyn, which will see its charter revoked mid-term, and Peninsula Preparatory Charter School in Far Rockaway, which will not have its contract renewed.
Three days ago Education Department officials told principals at the city's struggling schools to proceed as usual, despite the state's suspension of nearly $60 million in federal grant money they had been promised. But with the city-state dispute still unresolved, the Education Department is now advising principals to hold up on spending those federal dollars,
About two dozen current students and recent alumni gathered on the field across from the entrance to the Bronx High School of Science to protest the school's high rate of teacher turnover and what they perceive as a marked shift in the quality of classroom instruction.
Dr. Nancy Carlsson-Paige wrote a letter on behalf of herself and her actor son, Matt Damon, to the National Education Association, saying she no longer would accept the union's Friend of Education award. The reason: the union's president had collaborated with the founder of Teach for America on an opinion article.
In a speech that only touched on educational matters -- and when it did was very short on details -- Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo did not say whom he would appoint to a new bipartisan education commission, or whether he would look to outside education groups rather than state agencies. But he did say that commission members would be jointly appointed by himself and the Legislature.
Now that the state has suspended payments for improvements to the city's struggling schools, principals are wondering: What happens to the SmartBoards, teachers and programs they have purchased, with the expectation the money to pay for them was forthcoming?
A state Supreme Court judge has rejected a request by parents and advocacy organizations for an immediate order to require New York City to charge charter schools rent for the space they occupy inside public school buildings. He did not, however, address the legality of the city's free-rent practice.
The Math for America program, which attracts and trains math teachers, is shifting its focus away from new recruits to teachers who are already in the classroom, and plans to more than double its presence in New York City in the next several years.
UPDATED | One of the many overcrowding battles in Manhattan came to an unhappy conclusion for a group of Murray Hill parents after city officials rejected their proposals to open a new school a year ahead of schedule.
UPDATED | In what has become a common refrain in the closing schools debate, students, teachers and parents at Washington Irving High in Manhattan blamed the city for sending them some of the toughest students and looking away as the school staggered under their weight. But Marc Sternberg, the deputy chancellor for portfolio planning, responds: "Our obligation is to our students, and we are not going to set them up for failure by pretending a school will suddenly make progress after years of failing its kids."