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Fernanda Santos

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19 Firefighters Killed in Arizona Wildfire

Monday, July 01, 2013

Arizona resident and officials are reeling from the biggest loss of life due to a wildfire in 30 years. At least 19 firefighters died this weekend battling a wildfire in the Central Arizona town of Yarnell, located about 80 miles northwest of Phoenix. The fire started on Friday and spread rapidly amid high heat, low humidity and strong winds. Fernanda Santos, reporter for our partner The New York Times, has the latest developments.

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Educators Tell City Council Why Millions Goes Unclaimed From Medicaid

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Education officials tried to explain to City Council members at a hearing why they failed to collect tens of millions in reimbursements from services for special-needs students in recent years.

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City Pushes Ahead on Plan to Close, Then Reopen 33 Schools

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The New York City Education Department has set in motion its plan to restore federal grants to 33 struggling schools. On Tuesday, it released proposals to close eight of those schools, replace half of their staff, then reopen them under new names, all in a bid to bypass a required teacher evaluation system, which should have been in place by Dec. 31.

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City Teacher Data Reports Are Released

Friday, February 24, 2012

UPDATED | After a long legal battle and amid much anguish by teachers and other educators, the city Department of Education released individual performance rankings of 18,000 New York City public school teachers to the public on Friday. The rankings are now available on SchoolBook, listed by school.

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A Last-Minute Deal on Teacher Evaluations

Thursday, February 16, 2012

UPDATED | After an all-night negotiating session in Albany, New York State education officials and the state teachers union reached an agreement on a new teacher evaluation system on Thursday, just hours before a deadline imposed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, who had threatened to break the impasse by imposing his own way to judge the quality of a teacher's work.

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In Last-Minute Reprieve, 2 Failing Schools Are Spared

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

After three exhaustive weeks of public hearings and protests, the Department of Education has reversed course on two of the 25 schools it had proposed to close or shrink. Wadleigh Secondary School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Harlem, will retain its middle grades. Knowledge and Power Preparatory Academy VII in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, will be spared from closing. The vote on the closings is Thursday.

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Principals' Union Condemns Plan for 33 Struggling Schools

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Of the unions representing teachers and principals in New York City, the principals’ union had played a passive role in the charged and increasingly divisive dispute over an evaluation system to gauge the performance of teachers and principals in 33 struggling schools receiving federal grants to help improve their results. No longer. On Wednesday, the principals’ union president, Ernest A. Logan, sent a strongly worded letter to the state’s education commissioner, John B. King Jr., saying the city's plan for those 33 schools was simply a ploy to shut out the unions.

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SUNY Trustees Support Tuition Aid for Illegal Immigrants

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

State University of New York trustees unanimously approved on Wednesday a resolution supporting a plan to offer state-sponsored tuition assistance, grants and scholarships to college-bound illegal immigrants who want to enroll in state schools.

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Regents and Cuomo Split on School Performance Grants

Monday, January 23, 2012

Testifying in Albany about Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's proposed executive budget, Education Commissioner John B. King Jr. said the Regents would put $200 million of the $250 million the governor set aside for performance grants toward helping poor districts instead.

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Inching Closer to Agreement on Evaluations for Teachers

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

In the long-simmering debate over how to judge the quality of New York State school employees, there is one thing all sides agree on: a system should be in place. The sticking point has been agreeing about how to do it.

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Mayor Bloomberg's Promises for Education: An Annotated Scorecard

Friday, January 13, 2012

An assessment of education plans and pledges in Mayor Bloomberg's State of the City addresses through the years.

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Bloomberg Unveils Ambitious Proposals for Schools

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's State of the City address includes proposals to attract, reward and evaluate teachers; open 100 new schools, including 50 charters; increase partnerships and efforts to connect students to college and careers; and help students obtain financial aid.

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Cuomo Urges Districts and Unions to Compromise on Evaluations

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The stalemate over a new teacher evaluation system continues, and on Tuesday Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo issued a blistering statement, saying "the forces that protect this bureaucracy have stymied reform at every turn." He urged both sides to "expedite their negotiations." Meanwhile the city schools chancellor, Dennis M. Walcott, repeated his declaration that he will not let money dictate school policy, and the teachers union published its own account of the negotiations.

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At Regents Meeting, a Protest Over School Improvement Grants

Monday, January 09, 2012

While the Board of Regents met inside the state’s Education Department headquarters on Monday, representatives from the state’s teachers’ union and several of the districts that lost their funding protested outside, decrying the decision by the commissioner, John B. King Jr., to suspend payments on what are known as school improvement grants.

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Legislator Calls for Hearing on State Aid Suspension

Thursday, January 05, 2012

State Assemblyman Felix W. Ortiz of Brooklyn is calling for a public hearing on the state education commissioner’s decision to suspend payments on federal grants that are meant to help boost results in struggling schools in New York City and nine other New York school districts.

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Despite Budget Squeeze, Arts Are Still Robust, Ed Department Says

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Spending in arts education increased by nearly 2 percent in the past school year, despite the many challenges posed by several consecutive years of budget cuts to city schools, according to a report released by the Department of Education. While the picture is better in elementary schools than in middle and high schools, students also benefited from their schools' involvement with arts organizations, the report says.

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State Puts a Precise Cost on Helping Illegal Immigrant Students

Thursday, December 08, 2011

The cost to New York state for its version of a Dream Act was put at $627,428, a number so low when compared with other expenses the state has that the bill’s chief supporters -- the education commissioner, John B. King Jr., and the Board of Regents chancellor, Merryl H. Tisch -- hope it will help mollify some of the opposition the bill is bound to face.

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Former Schools Official Is Fined for Ethics Violation

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

The former chief financial officer for the Department of Education has agreed to pay a $6,500 fine to the city’s Conflict of Interest Board for using his public e-mail account to promote a personal business and plot his exit into a private-sector job.

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Mayor Warns of Potential School Bus Strike

Friday, November 18, 2011

The bus drivers' union, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1181, has told the city it will order a strike if the city does not include provisions in the bid guaranteeing seniority-based job protections for their members in case the companies that employ them are not awarded new city contracts. The mayor called the threat "outrageous."

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Support Workers' Union Will Sue City Over Layoffs

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Hoping to reverse last month's layoffs of 672 school support workers, the union representing them plans to sue the city. The union, District Council 37, is claiming the layoffs were unnecessary and discriminatory because of their disproportionate impact on schools that serve poor students.

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