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.
The bus strike presents a challenge in a mayoral election year. Democrats, who are closely aligned with labor, can't afford to look unsympathetic to families whose children are stranded by the strike. Here's a round-up of what the presumed and declared Democratic and Republican candidates are saying.
About half of the city's 7,700 yellow bus routes were not operating on this wet Wednesday morning, as bus drivers and escorts took to the picket lines. The union called on City Hall to ensure job security for its members but the mayor said the issue is not open for negotiation.
Progress stalled in talks between the teachers' union and the city on a teacher evaluation system, with both sides pointing fingers.
As school bus drivers and escorts prepare to strike, we look at what drove the two sides apart. The union claims the city is reneging on a promise to include employee protections in future contracts that guarantee wages and seniority rights. But the city claims a 2011 court ruling nullified those protections.
Education officials are spreading the word via the media and old-fashioned letters in the backpack to inform families of the city's protocol for an expected school bus strike. Even with the information blast, there are many open questions about which routes will be affected and how long the strike may last.
With time running out, the Bloomberg administration and the teachers union have cleared their schedules to continue negotiations on getting a teacher evaluation deal in place by the state's deadline of next Thursday.
In his annual State of the State address, Gov. Cuomo called for higher standards for teachers, longer school days and more early childhood programs.
A national study of teachers in six districts, including New York City, finds student test scores can be used to measure teacher effectiveness. As the city and the teachers union continue wrangling over a new teacher evaluation system, both sides found fuel for their arguments in the new report.
Public school parents are worrying a yellow bus strike could occur at any time. We can't predict the future but we do have answers to some commonly asked questions, including why this is even an issue.
The teachers union is ratcheting up its dispute with the mayor over teacher evaluations, by airing a new television spot that accuses Bloomberg of being the obstacle. The two sides must reach a deal in less than two weeks, or the city will lose $250 million in state aid.
Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott accused the union representing school bus drivers of trying to scare parents, and said the city remains prepared if the union strikes over new bids and the lack of job protection for some bus drivers.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state's deadline for a teacher evaluation deal in two weeks is a "hard deadline," squashing any hopes for a state extension if the city and the teachers union can't reach an agreement.
Governor Andrew Cuomo's education commission released its first recommendations on Wednesday, but the governor expressed immediate concern that a longer school day and more pre-K programs would be too expensive to implement.
The NRA's proposal to put armed security guards or police officers in every public schools was mostly met with outrage by parents, teachers and educators in New York City. We have a roundup of views plus one Staten Island parent's call for using retired police officers to bolster school security.
Schools across the country have been reviewing their safety plans since the deadly shooting in Newton, Connecticut. New York City has 5000 school safety agents who are trained by the N.Y.P.D. They guard the entrances of every public school, and there are 88 schools with metal detectors. But is this enough? WNYC's Beth Fertig spoke with WNYC's Marc Garber about the psychology of school safety.
A controversial charter school planned for Northern Brooklyn got a big boost from a local supporter of charters. We sat down with Eric Grannis, of the Tapestry Project, to ask why he thought the community needed a new charter. He said he met with parents to hear what they wanted, and then picked a school that fit that description. But he insists the drive to approve the school at tonight's Panel for Educational Policy meeting came from the families, not him.
Charter schools typically open in low income and minority neighborhoods where parents say they’re desperate for better schools. But a few charters are now opening in whiter, wealthier areas where residents like their local schools. The Panel for Educational Policy will vote tonight on a new charter in the Williamsburg-Greenpoint area. The charter says it's trying to get a more diverse range of families. But not everyone trusts its motives.