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.
WNYC looked at thousands of calls made from public schools between 2005 and 2010 for what 911 dispatchers call "emotionally disturbed persons." This data was obtained by Legal Services of New York. At the 20 buildings with the most calls, it appears 16 of them house District 75 schools, which are special education schools for kids with the most serious needs, those having autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disabilities, physical impairments or numerous other needs.
A WNYC investigation of 911 calls made from schools reveals that buildings with the highest rates of calls were likely to house District 75 schools, those with the mission of educating students with severe special education needs. There were thousands of calls during the six-year-period. Some of these schools -- where one might imagine people are trained to handle emotional outbursts and aggressive behavior -- sent troubled students to hospital emergency rooms at alarming rates. Hear what doctors and families have to say in this report.
The Department of Education announced Friday that it will discontinue its contract with CTB/McGraw-Hill for electronic scanning and scoring of Regents exams. The new system was tried out last June and came under fire after lengthy delays and other problems at the scoring centers.
The teachers union spent a lot of political capital by endorsing Bill Thompson's in the Democratic primary race for mayor. It hasn't endorsed a mayoral candidate since 2001. But with rival Bill de Blasio the clear winner of Tuesday's vote, the union is now in the awkward position of hoping for the next best thing: a runoff.
Despite concerns from the teachers union about late materials, education officials insisted Monday that the books teachers need to teach the new Common Core standards are either delivered or a day away.
Editor's note: This story has been corrected to reflect that the city released the growth scores after getting them from the state.
Even though fewer than 30 percent of the city's elementary and middle school students were proficient on their state math and reading tests, state data indicate that 89 percent of city teachers would have received good ratings if student growth alone was a factor in their evaluations.
After years of disagreements with City Hall over the NYPD's handling of schools safety, a coalition of children's advocates and the New York Civil Liberties Union called for the next mayor to scrap the current system and give educators a greater role over school discipline.
With six days to go before the start of school, Mayor Michael Bloomberg is launching one more effort to combat chronic absenteeism before leaving office at the end of the year.
A Department of Education investigation of the 2012 cheating scandal at Stuyvesant high school found the former principal showed "an extreme lack of judgment" in how he handled the case.
Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott is paving the way for the next mayor by setting up a transition team. As the Daily News reports, Walcott said Thursday that he had appointed Senior Deputy Chancellor Marc Sternberg to head up the prep work.
Writer Nicholson Baker asks a simple question in next month's issue of Harper's Magazine: “Why, if math is so great and timeless and beautiful, do millions of people hate it so much?”
On the same day that parents of New York city public school children can see how their child performed on this year's state math and reading tests, Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott gave this bit of advice to WNYC's Brian Lehrer show listeners about comparing this year's scores to last year's: "It's not a fair comparison because these scores represent a new higher, tougher standard.
A new study finds further evidence that students at the city's small high schools are more likely to graduate on time than students at more traditional large schools, affirming the Bloomberg administration's small schools initiative. The city created more than 200 small high schools since Mayor Michael Bloomberg took office while closing many low performing comprehensive high schools.
In 2002, mayoral candidate Bill Thompson was president of the BOE, and powerful players in the education world, including the teachers union, say they're supporting him now largely because of the political savvy he demonstrated
Citing 31 years of friendship, Brooklyn State Assemblyman Dov Hikind endorsed Bill Thompson’s mayoral campaign by praising his plans for education, even though many of Hikind’s Orthodox Jewish constituents rely on private religious schools.
Daniel Koretz teaches educational measurement at Harvard University's Graduate School of Education which means he knows a thing or two about standardized tests. He was also a member of a technical committee that led New York State to decide its old exams were too easy, and that the state needed to raise its standards. In an interview, excerpted here, he offered suggestions for how to interpret the results.