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Sharon Otterman

Reporter for The New York Times

Sharon Otterman appears in the following:

Violence and Abuse in Insular Communities

Thursday, December 13, 2012

On Tuesday, a State Supreme Court jury in Brooklyn convicted 54-year-old Nechemya Weberman on 59 counts of sexual abuse. As an unlicensed therapist in the insular Satmar Hasidic community, Weberman worked with young, Orthodox women. Reporter Sharon Otterman has covered the case and its impact. Deborah Feldman was raised in the Satmar Hasidic community, and she describes her decision to leave the Orthodox world in her memoir, "Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots."

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Parent Complains of Bias in Sixth-Grade Lesson

Monday, November 21, 2011

Sixth graders in New York City regularly study the Middle East, but it is up to individual schools to craft the lessons. At Public School 101 School in the Gardens in Queens, a parent has filed a complaint about a lesson, written by a teacher, that told sixth graders the countries surrounding Israel “seek to destroy Israel and the Jewish people. They do not want peace.”

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Union Loses Appeal on Teacher Ratings

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The New York City teachers' union lost another round in its yearlong court battle to keep performance ratings of about 12,000 city teachers secret, with the Appellate Division of State Supreme Court in Manhattan ruling that it would not take up the case.

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Half a Century of Order and Discipline for a Junior High Principal

Sunday, November 06, 2011

As she nears retirement next year after 50 years, a principal still believes that "if rules are firm and consistent, children and adults will flourish and rise to meet expectations.''

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City Must Improve Its Services for English Learners

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

More than a year ago, the state informed the city that it would require it to create a plan to improve its performance in serving English language learners, and on Wednesday it released the city’s 31-page pledge. Among other things, the plan spells out the extent to which the city is in violation of state law with the services it does provide.

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Is Finding Extra Points on Regents Tests Cheating?

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

How long have state officials known that teachers sometimes find an extra point or two on their students' state Regents exams scores to help them pass? Evidence is growing that they were given repeated warnings about the practice, even as they expanded the stakes carried by the Regents exams.

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Technology Contractors Are Accused of Fraud

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Two technology company executives stole at least $6.5 million from the city, the special investigator for the New York City school system charged.

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Cuomo Vetoes Bus Driver Job Protection Bill

Monday, September 26, 2011

A years-long, city-backed effort to extend job protection to contracts that cover busing for preschool-aged students appears to be dead -- at least for now.

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A New Way to Rate Teachers? We Explain.

Friday, September 16, 2011

The news: The city is considering introducing a slew of new local tests beginning next year, as part of the developing teacher evaluation system, and officials said there will be some kind of new effectiveness ranking linked to those tests. The background: our primer on the evolving teacher evaluation system.

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Keeping 'Success' in a Success Academy School

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

What would the Upper West Success Academy Charter School be without "success?" Thanks to an eleventh-hour save, the latest addition to the Success Charter Network does not have to find out.

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Regents Vote for Independent Investigator

Monday, September 12, 2011

The Board of Regents took an early step towards following a new series of recommendations designed to more effectively prevent test tampering by teachers and administrators.

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Navigating New Boundaries in Shared Space

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Choir Academy of Harlem got a reprieve this week, when Promise Academy II, the charter school that shares its building, said it did not need to expand into classrooms on the third floor, as planned.

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Ka-Ching! $60 Million Coming to City Schools

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

The New York State Education Department announced on Wednesday that it had signed off on $60 million in federal grants that will be split among 44 of the city's lowest-performing schools.

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In Poll, Parents Give Teachers Extra Credit

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

New Yorkers’ opinions of teachers appears to have improved in the last seven years, a new New York Times poll shows. In 2004, 22 percent of poll respondents said that teachers were the best thing about their child’s public school. This year, 33 percent called teachers the best thing, and more parents answered teachers than anything else both times.

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