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Thursday, May 30, 2013
One of Mayor Bloomberg’s signature policies in education was to replace large, low-performing high schools with small new schools. The schools slated to close usually phase out over time, leaving their students with a shrinking menu of course offerings and programs. Listen to this story from Columbus High School which is straining to carry its last two grades over the finish line.
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Anthony Weiner appeared in his first debate since joining the race for mayor last week. The topic was education and the former congressman staked out a position slightly to the right of his fellow Democrats.
Thursday, May 23, 2013
In his first broadcast interview since joining the mayor's race, Anthony Weiner outlines his emerging education agenda. The newly-minted Democratic candidate tells WNYC that Mayor Bloomberg made a few "crucial mistakes." but overall made progress with the city schools.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
City teachers are considering the candidates before their union makes an endorsement in the mayoral race next month. At a delegates meeting, several said they hope the union backs someone who strongly supports labor, and gives teachers more respect than they feel they get from the current administration.
Saturday, May 18, 2013
A lawsuit brought by four families argues that the city's methodology is flawed when it comes to determining which children are eligible for gifted and talented programs.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Former Comptroller Bill Thompson, one of the Democrats running for mayor, said mayoral control could be in jeopardy when it comes up for renewal if there are not "tweaks" made to Mayor Bloomberg's education reforms.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
City students who apply to a charter school now have a 27 percent chance of getting in, as more of the privately managed public schools take root. But there's still a waiting list of more than 50,000 students.
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Six of the candidates running for mayor addressed hundreds of teachers at a union-organized forum on Saturday. They all criticized aspects of Mayor Bloomberg's record, and said they would give more respect to teachers and families.
Wednesday, May 08, 2013
Elections for the city's parent councils may continue. A group of candidates unsuccessfully tried to persuade a judge to halt the process because they felt they weren't given a full opportunity to campaign before voting began on May 1.
Tuesday, May 07, 2013
For all the anxiety about testing and test results, the middle step of actually scoring the New York State tests, given to students in April, is getting scant attention. Yet city teachers are spending work hours grading the state tests, with a varying degree of training. One teacher said there's a "very complicated and lengthy rubric we were given to help us score" and another described debates among scorers about how to assess student writing.
Friday, May 03, 2013
Emails between City Hall and Cathie Black, who Mayor Bloomberg nominated to replace Joel Klein as schools chancellor, show a mad scramble to rally celebrities to support the embattled nominee. A court ruling on Thursday forced the administration to release the emails to the public.
Friday, May 03, 2013
Eight parents who are running to sit on local Community Education Councils are suing to stop the elections. They argue the process has not allowed them a fair chance to reach the select parents with the authority to vote for them.
Thursday, May 02, 2013
Teens from one Bronx high school are trying to get the message out that driving and texting don't mix.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
The president of the American Federation of Teachers came back home to New York to call for putting "a brake on the stakes." She criticized using new state test results before teachers are fully trained in standards called the Common Core, and curriculum is widely available.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
The number of children with autism increased by 10 percent this year in District 75, the city's program for children with the most serious needs, according to preliminary data obtained by Schoolbook.
Monday, April 22, 2013
News that even more children are eligible for gifted and talented seats was a relief to some parents, but many were angry at the testing company Pearson. And they worried that they're still won't be enough seats to meet the demand. join the conversation.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
A new report criticizes what it calls "market-oriented education reforms" in New York City, Chicago and Washington, DC. The authors claim gains were overstated while some successful strategies were not replicated often enough. The D.O.E. dismissed the study, saying "never before in New York City history have families had access to so many great schools."
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Ask and ye shall get. In response to Schoolbook's question about the new state tests, parents and teachers shared comments about longer reading passages and kids running out of time to answer questions. Some creative teachers came up with a new song about the exams. And we got a very interesting question.
Monday, April 08, 2013
The percentage of students who scored at the highest levels fell after the city changed part of the test for the gifted and talented programs. Just 921 test-takers scored at the 99th percentile compared to 1607 last year.
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
In just a few days, New York City’s eighth graders will find out which high schools they got into. When it comes to the specialized high schools, chances are good that the students accepted will not reflect the overall student population. "It's the test prep that helps them get in," said a critic of the single-test admissions rule. "Not what they're learning in school."