On his daily talk show, WNYC's Brian Lehrer asks why established labor unions are now joining the Occupy Wall Street movement, and if the protesters even have a unified message. "The message is clear, the country's headed in the wrong direction," responds United Federation of Teachers president Michael Mulgrew.
The city is taking a hard look at 20 low-performing schools that got D’s and F’s on their latest annual report cards. But one elementary school in the South Bronx, P.S. 277, does not see itself as a failure, despite getting an F.
A Bronx evangelical church and its supporters have petitioned the United States Supreme Court to hear a case on whether New York City can bar religious services in its public schools. Backers of the church claim the city is violating a 2001 ruling by the court. New York City claims its rule against religious worship in schools is constitutional.
The slate is clean: City students under the age of 18 can now return their overdue library books without any penalties through Oct. 31.
Today's "The Brian Lehrer Show" featured Beth Fertig in a conversation about the latest school reform efforts, including in middle schools; the debate over teachers, and character education.
Between the economy and the national political environment, these are hard times to be a labor leader. As Michael Mulgrew enters his third year as president of the United Federation of Teachers, his 74,000 active members have been without a contract since fall 2009. And teachers are in the spotlight as never before. But Mr. Mulgrew sees the climate turning in his members' favor: 'You’re seeing people get angrier and angrier, and the issue really is the unfairness.'
The education and publishing company Pearson is expanding its presence in New York City by adding 600 jobs to a consolidated new office in western SoHo by the summer of 2014.
Principals at city public schools also said they are cutting back on some of their classroom displays because of enforcement of fire codes by the city Fire Department. Gone are some hallway displays. And teachers have taken down the clotheslines, common in city elementary schools, that were used to hang instructions at students' eye level
Staten Island parents are still fuming over the cancellation of yellow school buses for seventh and eighth grade students last year, and are likely to make an uninvited appearance at tonight's Panel for Educational Policy meeting at The Michael J. Petrides School. Staten Island politicians are pushing for state legislation called Aniya's Law, named for a 13-year-old girl who was killed in June while crossing an intersection to catch a city bus after school. If approved it would restore bus service for middle school students.
New York City parents interested in private schools often pay for consultants to help them navigate the complicated admissions process. But while the city’s public schools are free and open to all, that doesn’t mean they are any easier to understand. For a price, that's where Joyce Szuflita and Robin Aronow come in.
Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott said he wants to improve communication this year with parents, and has even pledged to send his top aides out in the field to take the heat and make sure his message is heard. Yesterday students told him they, too, would like to hear more from him.
Dennis M. Walcott ended his five borough, first-day-of-school chancellor marathon at Susan E. Wagner High School on Staten Island. Along the way, in response to questions from students, he sprinkled details of his life: what he likes to read, the jobs he held, his days of touch football. He heard from parents with environmental concerns and student government leaders, who inspired a new idea that ended his day.
There’s a big difference in how public schools in middle class and wealthy districts, and those where a majority of children are poor enough to qualify for free lunch, can weather budget cuts. In wealthy districts, parents can raise their own money to support staff and services. And in some schools parents are even being prodded to give a "suggested" amount.
Juhyung Harold Lee thought his teaching career was over last year, with the city's plan to lay off hundreds of young teachers. He made plans to go to law school. Instead, he spent August getting ready to return to P.S. 124 in Chinatown, this time as a fifth grade teacher. But already he is thinking about next year.