The Schools Chancellor stopped by the WNYC studios to talk about the double whammy educators are facing this year, with a new teacher evaluation system and brand new curricula tied to the Common Core standards. Teachers had lots of questions for him. Take a listen.
UPDATE: The lawyer for the family of Avonte Oquendo, the boy missing since he ran from his school on Oct. 4, said his special education learning plans from 2011 and 2012 warned educators that he could run away.
Exactly one week after Avonte Oquendo ran out of school unsupervised, his family gathered to pray for his return. Meanwhile, the city broadened its alerts to include public transit. Hear the latest, and get an insider's view on what it means to care for a mute autistic teenager.
How could a school created for special education students lose one of its own? Some special ed experts say the fact that most programs for special needs kids share space with other schools makes security a real challenge.
A lawyer for the family of the mute, 14-year-old boy with autism who has been missing since Friday, said a security guard may have allowed him to leave his school, and that the school didn't act quickly enough to find him.
The Special Commissioner of Investigation for the New York City public schools has opened an investigation into how a 14-year-old boy with autism managed to leave his school last Friday.
As police continue to search for a 14-year-old boy with autism who has been missing since Friday, some parents of children with special needs question how the vulnerable student could have left his school unattended.
Chief Academic Officer Shael Polakow-Suransky criticized his former boss at the Department of Education, saying former Chancellor Joel Klein and the previous head of the teachers union made a mistake by removing professional development time from the teachers contract.
Despite "tremendous strides" in raising high school graduation rates, two new reports published today find the New York City public schools still face huge challenges in getting all students ready for college.
With the Bloomberg administration moving full steam ahead in its last few months to place 43 more schools inside existing public school buildings, City Council members took one last opportunity to press Chancellor Dennis Walcott on this controversial practice of co-locating schools.
A popular children's program on the verge of closing said the city's Department of Education is to blame for its financial straits.
A new report by the Manhattan Institute and the Center on Reinventing Public Education finds city charter schools may have a smaller percentage of special education students than district schools because the students are less likely to apply, and more likely to be declassified once they enroll in charters.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been one of the nation’s foremost promoters of charter schools. The leading contender to replace him in City Hall has a very different view. Chief among the differences: Bill de Blasio wants many charter schools to pay rent for space in school buildings, albeit on a sliding scale.
For the first time in a decade, New York City is raising the price of its school lunches. Starting Monday, students will pay $1.75 instead of a $1.50. But, to offset the hike for some, the city will allow students who previously qualified for a reduced price meals to eat for free.
The Bloomberg administration is suing the teachers union for failing to comply with an agreement intended to expedite cases involving teachers accused of misconduct or incompetence. The city claims the union has failed to uphold its end of the deal to expand the number of hearing officers from 20 to 39, thwarting the goal of the 2010 agreement.
Parent empowerment has become a hot topic in this year's mayoral campaign, with both Democrat Bill de Blasio and Republican Joe Lhota promising parents they would have a bigger say in decisions surrounding the public schools. Specific plans? Not so much.
On WNYC's Brian Lehrer show, education historian Diane Ravitch came out swinging against the new Common Core learning standards, charter schools and what she called Mayor Michael Bloomberg's "academic apartheid." Listen to the full interview.
The city says it will appeal a judge's ruling that a teacher caught carrying heroin should be allowed to go back to work
It's a change that was supposed to be greeted with cheers: allowing kindergarten applications to be completed online, instead of having to show up in person at each school. But the plan is being met with skepticism and concerns about equity -- as well as some cheers.