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Beth Fertig

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Charter Leader Denies Insider's Advantage

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Success Academy C.E.O. Eva Moskowitz isn’t making any apologies. And the outspoken CEO of the charter school network denied having any special advantages over other school leaders.

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Walcott Admits Charter School Rollout Could've Been Better

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Departing Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott stands by Bloomberg's education reforms, with one exception. He says that if the city had handled the rollout of charter schools better, perhaps the debate today would not be so divided. 

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Teachers Hopeful About Contract Deal with De Blasio

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

It was billed as a "National Day of Action to Reclaim the Promise of Public Education," but teachers at the event in New York City Monday were thinking more locally: their top issue was a new contract.

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Who'll Be the Next Schools Chancellor?

Monday, December 09, 2013

Unlike Mayor Michael Bloomberg, de Blasio has said he wants an experienced educator to lead the system of more than one million students.

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School Bus Company Says it Will Shut Down After Union Rejects Contract

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

One of the city's largest school bus companies is running out of gas. Atlantic Express said its going out of business at the end of the month, after failing to reach a contract agreement with its union. Some 1600 school bus routes in New York City are affected.

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De Blasio Rounds Up Pre-K Planning Posse

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Seizing upon his main campaign promise, Bill de Blasio stumped for his plan to provide pre-kindergarten classes for all city students, by naming five experts who will help persuade Albany that it's worth raising taxes on the city's wealthiest residents. He also promised no surprises in his search for a new chancellor.

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Confident de Blasio Predicts Albany Will Support Pre-K Tax

Monday, December 02, 2013

Mayor-in-waiting Bill De Blasio said education is more important to the future of the economy "than it's ever been in the history of humanity" after a meeting with state lawmakers where he sought support for his proposal to raise taxes on the wealthiest New Yorkers to fund pre-kindergarten and after-school programs.

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For Some Students, Just Showing Up = Success

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Educators at one Brooklyn high school focus on getting their at-risk students across the threshold of the building. Sounds simple, right? Think again. In the first of a series called Educating on the Edge, we see that tracking attendance here involves a lot more than roll call.            

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Friendly Jousting Over Bloomberg's Legacy on Testing

Monday, November 25, 2013

City Council members and the schools chancellor put down their swords during their final encounter Monday, amicably agreeing to disagree on the role of testing in the city schools. 

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Six Things the New Mayor Should Do for NYC's Schools

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Education leaders and funders outlined what they see as the top priorities facing the next mayor and schools chancellor, including literacy help, more support with college planning and using a wider range of performance measures than test scores. 

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De Blasio Transition Team Includes Many Names in Education, Child Advocacy

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio announced the appointment of his 60-member transition committee, and it includes 10 individuals with experience in education and children's issues.

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In Era of High School Choice, One District Retains Elite Status

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been a champion of school choice, opening hundreds of new schools throughout the city. But some of the most desirable high schools remain reserved for students in just one school district: District Two which includes the Upper East Side and lower Manhattan.

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Walcott Refines Safety Procedures After Child's Disappearance

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott announced several changes to safety protocols, in the Department of Education's most explicit acknowledgment that changes are needed following the disappearance of 14-year-old Avonte Oquendo last month from his Long Island City school.

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Only in NYC: High School Selection Scramble

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Beth Fertig, contributing editor for education at WNYC and Schoolbook.org discusses the school evaluation reports released yesterday.

Then, Clara Hemphill, senior editor at Insideschools.org at The New School, offers guidance for students and parents deep in the public high school admissions process, with the deadline just after the holiday.

 

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How Did the City Grade Your School?

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Make sure to check out our map to find whether your school's grade went up, down or remained flat. Dive in. And let us know what you're finding.

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Principals Debate Utility of School Grades

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Principals across the city said they were eager to see how a new mayor would approach grading schools and supporting those that are struggling.

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City Defends School Measures, With or Without Letter Grades

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

More than 60 percent of the city's public schools received A's or B's on their annual progress reports, the last batch to be released by Mayor Michael Bloomberg. City officials defended the annual data as the incoming mayor said he would scrap at least the letter grade portion of the progress reports. 

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For Missing Boy's Family, a Sad but Familiar Cycle

Thursday, November 07, 2013

There are fewer volunteers showing up at the family's command center, and the announcements made by the MTA about Avonte Oquendo are fewer and farther between. More than a month after the autistic boy disappeared from Riverview School in Long Island City, his family has entered a new phase in their anguishing search.

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Officials Insist New Teacher Rating System Does Not Mean More Testing

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Two top state education officials talk to SchoolBook about the misunderstandings around testing and whether the new teacher evaluation system will add to what already feels like a testing overload to many educators. Listen to the Q&A for some clarity.

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At Hearing, Regents Chancellor Defends Pace of Ed Reforms

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch defended the state's commitment to raising standards, despite what she called "a lot of upheaval" as parents and teachers get used to tougher exams and a new curriculum. But in a rare show of unity, the city's Chief Academic Officer and the president of the teachers union took issue with giving "bubble tests" to children as young as kindergarten in order to evaluate teachers.

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