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Council Members Vow to Oppose Bloomberg School Budget Cuts

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

More than 20 council members say they will oppose the Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposed budget if he does not restore more than $400 million in school cuts.

At yet another large rally at City Hall, elected officials came together with education activists and parents to protest the cuts. Brooklyn Councilman Bill ...

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Klein Faces Tough Budget Questions

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Schools Chancellor Joel Klein was grilled over proposed school budget cuts at a fractious City Council hearing, where at one point dozens of audience members were escorted out for interrupting the meeting.

Many of the council members criticized Klein for lobbying Albany to change the law to lift restrictions that regulates ...

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Silver Criticizes Bloomberg's School Fuding Plan

Friday, May 23, 2008

How state education funding should be spent has pitted state officials and education advocates against the Bloomberg administration. WNYC's Elaine Rivera reports.

REPORTER: A brawl has broken out over the $620 million that the state is due to give the city this year as part of an education equity lawsuit.

The city ...

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Schools Chancellor Asks Albany for Help

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Schools Chancellor Joel Klein says he's going to ask Albany to change the law that restricts how state education money is distributed in New York. He wants to equally implement a 1.4% cut to all schools in stead of providing mandated money to lower performing schools.

REPORTER: Klein says the Department ...

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Quinn Sidesteps Questions on Mayoral Run

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

At a Midtown breakfast, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn was grilled about the discretionary fund scandal and whether it would hurt any future mayoral bid on her part.

Quinn sidestepped any questions whether she will seek to run for mayor saying she's focusing on being speaker and working on overhauling how ...

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State Unions May Not Get Extra Cash

Friday, May 16, 2008

Though he's a longtime friend of labor, Gov. David Paterson says he cannot accommodate the unions' requests to increase their pensions and ensure benefits.

The governor says unions have to face the reality of a looming $21 billion deficit.

PATERSON: I understand that there are entities that go on and on ...

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New Playground Opens in The Bronx, Part of Mayor's Initiative

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

City officials had a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new playground at the Bronx's P.S. 138. It's part of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's goal to ensure that all New Yorkers live within a ten-minute walk to a park or a playground.

The city plans to invest $111 million to convert 290 school yards ...

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School Groups Call for Targeted Funding

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Educational activists are calling on Schools Chancellor Joel Klein to target $360 million in state funding for specific programs.

Representatives for six educational groups contend that money was won in the Campaign for Fiscal Equity lawsuit last year. It dictates that the money should go for priorities like middle school reform, ...

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Budget Snapshot: Education

Friday, May 02, 2008

WNYC reporter Elaine Rivera unpacks what's in store for 2009 on the educational front.

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Activists Protest Cuts to School Funding

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

A group of education activists, parents and elected officials rallied at City Hall to say they will fight the the city's plan to cut $500 million from school funding.

REPORTER: Helen Rosenthal, chairwoman of Manhattan's Community Board 7, says groups around the city are organizing to stop the cuts.

ROSENTHAL: From community ...

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City Spends Millions on Unassigned Teachers

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

The city is spending more than $80 million dollars over two years on unassigned teachers. A new report by an educational group is recommending new rules for those teachers who've lost jobs to school closings but remain on the payroll.

REPORTER: The union contract now assigns out-of-work teachers to be available ...

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Group Angry Over Lack of Change to Class Size

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

The group says a study commissioned by the teachers union backs their claim. City Comptroller Bill Thompson says he'll review how the Education Department spent state funds.

WNYC's Elaine Rivera reports.

Of the 390 public schools that received funding to reduce class size, less than half managed to create classrooms of 25 ...

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Bronx Nuns Donate Hosts for Pope's Yankee Stadium Mass

Friday, April 18, 2008

Sixty thousand communion wafers will be dispensed at the Pope's Mass at Yankee Stadium Sunday. The wafers are a donation from the Corpus Christi Monastery in the South Bronx. WNYC's Elaine Rivera reports:

REPORTER: A magnolia tree is in full bloom in front of the 119-year-old stone monastery located on seven ...

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Manhattan Housing Boom Strains City Classrooms

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

As the housing boom explodes in Manhattan, parents, educators and elected officials say the city is not doing enough to build more public schools in the borough.

A report released by the Manhattan borough president's office shows that elementary and middle schools already face a shortage of 3,900 seats. The Department ...

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Teachers' Union Head Blasts Bloomberg Administration

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Randi Weingarten, the head of the city's United Federation of Teachers, is blasting the Bloomberg administration for what she calls scurrilous attacks on the union.

REPORTER: Speaking at the New York State United Teachers' annual conference in midtown Friday, she said the mayor and Schools Chancellor Joel Klein were wrong to ...

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Parents Fight Daycare Closures

Friday, April 11, 2008

The city wants to shutdown what it says are under-utilized daycare centers, but parents, daycare workers and elected officials gathered at City Hall yesterday to say they're going to fight the plan.

City officials say they are wasting $40 million on 3,000 vacant slots at various daycare centers around the ...

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Victory for Teachers in Tenure Battle

Thursday, April 10, 2008

The city's public schools and teachers were big winners in the budget, approved by New York's legislature yesterday.

Gov. David Paterson and the legislature restored $644 million in additional school funding. The city now has a record $8.3 billion education budget.

Geri Palast, of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity, which won ...

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Paterson Warns of Tough Times Ahead for the State

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Gov. David Paterson says the state is facing tough economic times ahead and officials need to act now. WNYC's Elaine Rivera reports:

In one of his first major speeches as governor, Paterson told a crowd of business and civic leaders during a Midtown breakfast that legislators need to tighten their belts. ...

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CUNY Reaches Out to War Veterans

Monday, April 07, 2008

In the next four years, 10,000 armed service members who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan are expected to come back to the New York region.

There is a growing understanding that returning veterans are going to need special attention.

WNYC’s Elaine Rivera has been following a new program, designed to aid ...

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50 Percent of Students Get Top Pick

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Half of New York City students will get into their first choice high school next year.

According to the Department of Education's admission process report, 86 percent of students were admitted to one of their top five choices.

A DOE spokesman says the number of students successfully enrolling in their 1st ...

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