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Beth Fertig

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What Parents Need to Know About Possible School Bus Strike

Monday, January 07, 2013

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.

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War of Words Escalates over Eval Deal

Friday, January 04, 2013

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.

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Walcott Takes Aim at School Bus Drivers' Union

Thursday, January 03, 2013

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.

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Cuomo Warns Teacher Eval Deadline is Real

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

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.

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State Commission Proposes Broad Changes to Education

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

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.

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Arm the Schools? NYC Educators and Parents Respond to NRA's Proposal

Friday, December 21, 2012

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.

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Do Extra Security Measures Really Make Schools Safer?

Friday, December 21, 2012

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.

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A Charter Booster Says He's Helping Parents Find New Choices

Thursday, December 20, 2012

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.

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New Charter for Northern Brooklyn Fuels Debate Over Gentrification

Thursday, December 20, 2012

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.

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City Scraps Change to G&T Policy, and Other News of Note

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The city has scrapped a change in policy that would have taken away the sibling priority for children who test into gifted and talented programs. In other news, the Panel for Educational Policy is poised to approve seven more charter schools and the teachers union says it won't continue to negotiate the details of a new teacher evaluation deal unless the chancellor clarifies how it will roll out in the schools.

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Union-Run Charter School In Fight for Survival

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

A charter school run by the teachers union is at risk of being closed next year, because of poor test scores. The school's low report card puts it in an awkward situation, because it was opened five years ago to prove charters and unions can work together.

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A Moment of Silence and Safety Reviews in City Schools Post-Newtown

Monday, December 17, 2012

New York City schools are paying tribute to the victims killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in different ways. Some principals called for a moment of silence. At other schools, students wore green and white -- Sandy Hook's school colors.

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Middle School Principal Boosts Attendance with Incentives

Monday, December 17, 2012

A middle school principal improved attendance with a raffle program, by giving out tickets each morning to kids who showed up on time. Weigh in with your thoughts on incentives, financial or otherwise, to change student behavior.

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Brooklyn Charter Dials Back Discipline After Outcry

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

In our series on charter schools we’ve examined the role of discipline. Critics say charters with strict rules unfairly push out students or fail to communicate with families well. One school in Bedford Stuyvesant lost almost one of five of its students when parents thought its detention and disciplinary rules went too far. It has since toned down its approach.

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College STEM Students Offer Hands-On Mentoring

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

College students from the New York Institute of Technology volunteered at a Harlem elementary school this fall as a kind of in-house tech squad, and resident experts for science classes.

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'No-Excuses' Charters Grapple with Attrition

Sunday, December 09, 2012

Charter schools have become hugely popular in New York City because of their reputation for high test scores and strict discipline. But it’s a delicate balance. A school that’s too strict risks losing its students. But other families want a “no excuses” environment. We visited two charters that have struggled with how to handle kids who don’t meet their expectations.

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Ocean Hill-Brownsville Lifts School Zones

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Parent leaders in Ocean Hill-Brownsville have voted to eliminate zoning boundaries for kindergarten students next fall, allowing families to apply to all schools in the district regardless of where they live. The approach seems to be catching hold in disparate neighborhoods across the city. Read our interview with CEC 23 leader Erwin Charles.

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Ten Schools Where Graduation Rates Don't Equal "College Ready"

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Now that the city is measuring how well high schools prepare their students for college, the data reveals some schools post high graduation rates but very low college readiness rates. SchoolBook charted the 10 schools with the biggest gaps and found the difference between a graduation rate and a college readiness rate could be larger than 70 percentage points. But officials insist that doesn't mean the schools aren't serving their students.

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Scores Rise Slightly on High School Progress Reports

Monday, November 26, 2012

More city high schools got A's and B's on their annual report cards, and fewer got failing grades. These progress reports looked at student performance and school environment but this year they also looked at how well each school prepared its students for college and career, based on the courses they took and their test scores.

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High School Progress Reports Due Monday

Sunday, November 25, 2012

When the city releases the 2012 high school progress reports Monday, high schools will be rated partly on how many of their graduates are considered ready for college and careers.

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