Getting blow-back from their constituents and teachers unions, state lawmakers are calling for a moratorium on any high-stakes decisions based on the new Common Core learning standards.
The mayor said he's shifting funding at the Dept. of Education to reflect his priorities, namely pre-k seats and smaller class sizes. "We're not spending the $200 million-plus on charter expansion," he told WNYC's Brian Lehrer.
In a shift in priorities from the Bloomberg years, Chancellor Carmen Fariña wants to use funds that previously went to help charter schools for expanding pre-k seats and for reducing class sizes. The funds were included as part of the chancellor's revisions to the Department of Education's next five-year capital plan.
The de Blasio administration asked for more time to consider whether charter schools approved in the waning days of the Bloomberg should be allowed to open, a move that sent a collective shiver down the spines of both sides of the charter debate.
Many students at West Brooklyn High School take the Regents exams multiple times. And there are more than a few who come to school solely to prep for the tests. The higher score requirement increases the pressure on students already facing an uphill battle to graduate.
How many children need to miss school before officials decide to add a holiday to the school calendar? This is not a riddle. It's a conundrum coming to a head around Chinese New Year and other holidays celebrated by so many New Yorkers.
In yet another break from the previous administration's education policies, Chancellor Carmen Fariña announced that those aspiring to become city principals will need at least seven years of experience. Previously, under Michael Bloomberg's administration, some educators with just three years' experience could fast-track their way to principal.
Hundreds of New Yorkers came to pay their final respects to Avonte Oquendo, the missing autistic boy, whose funeral was held on Saturday just over a week after his remains were discovered in the East River.
The death of Avonte Oquendo, an autistic teen who ran out of his school unsupervised, has sparked a wider conversation: what's the role of the wider community when it comes to caring for kids with severe disabilities? The topic generated lively conversation on Friday's Brian Lehrer Show.
A last-minute flurry of appointments allowed the citywide education panel to meet on Wednesday although members mostly used the time to introduce themselves, and get acquainted.
The 14-year-old boy disappeared from a public school in October and his remains were positively identified Tuesday, after being discovered last week in the East River. To those with children like Avonte, some say his death is like losing a family member.
The governor outlined his plan to expand pre-k programs in every New York school district that seeks state funding. And he did it without raising taxes, a direct challenge to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio who said he would keep lobbying Albany to fund a citywide pre-k expansion with a tax hike.
Weeks after the city got a new schools chancellor, the number two at the Department of Education is leaving for academia. Chief Academic Officer Shael Polakow-Suransky has been named president of Bank Street College of Education. He insists he was not forced out.
Education issues were hot topics in Albany on Monday as lawmakers sparred over the pre-K funding proposal for New York City and the state teachers' union pushed ahead with its effort to slow the implementation of the more demanding Common Core learning standards.
The new schools chancellor invited WNYC for a ride along as she visited schools. On the way, she answered wide-ranging questions about the nation's largest school system and joined a class discussion about leadership. Turns out she is a fan of Machiavelli.
The city's new chancellor is tackling the job like she's the educators' educator, spotlighting best practices throughout the system and urging principals and teachers to learn from each other.
Much of Mayor Bill de Blasio's campaign for a tax increase has focused on his plan to expand access to pre-kindergarten. In shifting gears to talk about middle school students, he appears to be broadening his approach.
Students who enroll in charter schools for kindergarten are more likely to stay through third grade than students at traditional New York City public schools, according to the Independent Budget Office, with one exception: special education pupils.
The governor offered a list of education-related initiatives in his State of the State speech, including possible high-tech upgrades to school buildings. But about the proposal of his friend, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, to fund universal pre-K with a city tax, he was mum.
Parents who want their kids to attend one of the 41 schools approved to open in September are asking politicians to back off and drop their legal challenge to the schools. But with some critics in positions of newly won power, the mayor included, the fight is far from over.