A new report finds higher concentrations of students in poverty and special needs at the 26 schools the city has targeted for closure, but it doesn't draw any conclusions about whether the schools received enough funds to prevent them from going downhill academically.
A troubled charter school run by the teachers union is getting two more years to improve. Trustees of the State University of New York approved the short-term renewal after deciding that the school's elementary grades had done well enough to keep it going.
A K-12 charter school run by the teachers' union will find out Tuesday if all or some of it can remain open. The latest review cited numerous problems including low student achievement, poor fiscal health and a few cases of corporal punishment.
A judge blocked the state from taking away $250 million in education aid from New York City after the mayor and the United Federation of Teachers failed to agree on a new teacher evaluation system by last month's deadline.
Three years after releasing a report finding students at New York City charters schools perform better than their peers at traditional schools, a research center at Stanford University reached the same conclusions and gave high marks, especially, to gains made in mathematics.
Part of the reason school bus service in New York City will be restored Wednesday is the support offered the union by the five main Democrats running for mayor. What exactly did they promise? Not much, it seems.
The month-long school bus strike that affected tens of thousands of New York City children ended Friday, after union leaders were assured by prospective mayoral candidates that their concerns would be heard after this year's election.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg has argued that removing employee protections from school bus contracts will save money. On Tuesday, the education department got its first look at the evidence when it opened bids from 67 companies, almost half of which are new to the city and don't have union workers.
The school bus dispute is heading to court. Three of the bus companies are seeking to immediately do away with the union's employee protections in all bus contracts, not just the batch currently open for bids.
Mayor Bloomberg’s relationship with the teachers' union hit an all-time low last month when the two sides couldn’t agree on a new way to evaluate city teachers. And that's saying something, considering the rocky relationship this mayor has had with the union. An audio look-back recalls some choice moments from the last decade.
As the school bus strike goes into its third week, the union is calling on Mayor Bloomberg to agree to a "cooling off" period so drivers and escorts can go back to work while all sides meet to look for savings.
With no deal on teacher evaluations, Mayor Michael Bloomberg presented a new budget that eliminates 2500 teaching positions, after school programs, books and other classroom supplies.
As the school bus strike heads into its third week, a meeting is scheduled Monday at Gracie Mansion between the union representing striking school bus workers and the bus companies. Although Mayor Michael Bloomberg called for the meeting, he insists it's not his place to get involved in negotiations.
Despite the city's efforts to help families of disabled students during the school bus strike, some parents say the process is complicated and they are struggling with the disruption.
There were small glimmers Wednesday of an eventual return to the negotiating table, as the schools chancellor and teachers union president moved their rhetoric past the blame game over last week's failure to agree on a teacher evaluation plan.
While the city’s education department proposed to close or shrink 26 more public schools this year it’s noteworthy that there were no charters on the list. Some critics of the Bloomberg administration claim charter schools are hard to close because the mayor is so heavily invested in their success; others argue that legal obstacles and confusing criteria create a double standard when it comes to closing low-performing charter schools.
The regional head of the National Labor Relations Board said he expects to issue a ruling on the bus companies' request to stop the strike this week, or next week at the latest.
The war between City Hall and union representing school bus workers has been a long time coming. For decades, the industry has been tarnished by scandals and by concerns about runaway costs.
Attendance rose slightly on the second day of the bus strike, but it was still just about 62 percent at schools for students with severe disabilities who rely most heavily on yellow buses.
The first school bus strike in more than 30 years has caused attendance to fall at schools serving the neediest special education students, because their pupils rely on yellow buses. Parents are using mass transit and driving their children to school. Meanwhile, Mayor Bloomberg and the union representing drivers and bus escorts continue to disagree about whether the city can drop long-time employee protections from bus contracts that are now going out for bid.