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Beth Fertig

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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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Debate of Single-Test Admissions Policy Divides on Access and Race

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."

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Around Sunset Park, Tutoring is Key to Top High Schools

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

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.

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City Takes a Role in Planning Four New Charters

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

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.

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School Safety Agents Claim Pay Discrimination

Monday, March 04, 2013

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.

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City Picks New Common Core Materials

Thursday, February 28, 2013

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.

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IBO: Phase-Out Schools Enroll More Struggling Students

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

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.

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Teacher Union's Charter Wins Two-Year Reprieve

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

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.

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Teachers Union's Own Charter School Gets Scathing Report

Monday, February 25, 2013

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.

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Judge Blocks State from Withholding School Aid

Thursday, February 21, 2013

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.

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Second Stanford Report Finds Gains for NYC Charters

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

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.

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What Did the Democrats Really Promise the Bus Workers Union?

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

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.

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Union Suspends School Bus Strike

Friday, February 15, 2013

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.

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Yellow Bus Bids Include Dozens of New Companies

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

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.

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School Bus Companies Sue City

Monday, February 11, 2013

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.

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The High, Low and Lowest Points Between a Mayor and a Union

Sunday, February 03, 2013

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.

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