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