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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Teens from one Bronx high school are trying to get the message out that driving and texting don't mix.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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."
This week eighth graders will find out if they were accepted to the city’s most competitive high schools. Judging from past admissions data, most students will come from middle to upper class neighborhoods. But there's also a low-income section of Brooklyn where families have figured out what it takes to get in.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg said his private foundation has "nothing to do with" four new charter schools that are being designed with help from the Department of Education. The schools are part of a city program aimed at helping to increase the graduation rates of young black and Latino men, though they will be open to both males and females.
School safety agents filed a class action lawsuit, claiming they're paid less to perform the same duties as the special officers who work at hospitals and homeless shelters.
Educators now can choose from a city-approved list when buying materials that adhere to the Common Core standards in math and English. Schools won't get the new materials until September though, months after students take the first Common Core-aligned exams.