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Beth Fertig

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City Wins Lawsuit on Parent Council Elections

Thursday, May 30, 2013

The Department of Education won a lawsuit brought by parents who claimed the election process for Community Education Councils was unfair. The suit had prevented the city from announcing the names of the winners.

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Last Students at Phase-Out School Face Limited Choices

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.

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Weiner Tacks Right in Education Debate

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.

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Weiner Calls for Less Testing, Supports Space Sharing with Charters

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.

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Teachers Doing Their Homework Before Union Endorsement

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.

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Judge Allows G&T Testing Suit to Proceed

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.

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Thompson Proposes Mid-Course Correction to Bloomberg's School Policies

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

WNYC

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.

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Chances of Admission to a Charter School Improving

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

WNYC

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.

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Mayoral Candidates Promise Teachers a New Direction

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.

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Parent Council Elections to Proceed, For Now

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

WNYC

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.

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Teachers: What's it Like Scoring the State Tests?

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

WNYC

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.

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Cathie Black Emails Reveal City Hall's Damage Control

Friday, May 03, 2013

WNYC

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.

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Parent Candidates Sue to Halt Council Elections

Friday, May 03, 2013

WNYC

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.

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Bronx Students Take Stand Against Dangerous Texting

Thursday, May 02, 2013

WNYC

Teens from one Bronx high school are trying to get the message out that driving and texting don't mix.

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Weingarten Calls for Moratorium on Common Core Consequences

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.

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Autism Numbers Spike in Special Ed District

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.

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Parents Angered by G&T Scoring Errors

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.

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Report: Recent School Gains are Overblown

Thursday, April 18, 2013

WNYC

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."

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Stories from the Front Line of Testing

Thursday, April 18, 2013

WNYC

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.

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Fewer Students Get Top Scores on G&T Test

Monday, April 08, 2013

WNYC

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.

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