New York City has purchased its first storm-damaged house through a buy-back program to aid victims of Sandy, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Thursday.
With a friend like Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the charter sector has greatly expanded over the last decade, from 17 charter schools when Bloomberg took office to 183 now. But future growth under a new mayor is uncertain — especially if that new mayor is Bill de Blasio.
Thousands of advocates and students plan to rally in defense of charter schools with a march across the Brooklyn Bridge on Tuesday morning. After a decade of significant expansion under Mayor Michael Bloomberg -- there were 17 charter schools when Bloomberg took office and now there are 183 -- charter schools face the imminent prospect of a new mayor that’s less friendly to charter growth.
Standardized tests and the rollout of the Common Core learning standards got a moment -- well, a brief 40 minutes -- in the spotlight Monday morning, when Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott and Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, staked out positions in this ongoing national debate.
Providers of early intervention services to infants and toddlers with special needs say the state's new billing requirements are overly burdensome and have stalled their payments since April, when a change to the billing process took effect.
The Department of Education said it plans to rotate assistant principals who do not have permanent positions among schools on a monthly basis, against the wishes of the union that represents them.
As New York City schools grapple with the requirements of a new evaluation system, school staff remain skeptical of the portion of the evaluation that holds teachers accountable for their students’ progress.
Government watchdog groups are questioning why a political action committee run by the United Federation of Teachers gave money to a consulting firm that does not seem to exist, during a mayor's race in which the union aimed to play a kingmaker role.
The Department of Education said Thursday that it has identified 252 buildings with a type of fluorescent light fixture that may contain PCBs. This comes after a settlement in which the D.O.E. agreed to expedite the removal of other lighting fixtures which included toxic PCB's from hundreds of schools.
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During the Bloomberg years, many parents felt cut out of the education system, from decisions around school closings to the rise of testing. Will the next mayor's DOE be different? WNYC associate producer covering education Yasmeen Khan, and Beth Fertig, contributing editor for education at WNYC and Schoolbook.org, discuss the differences between the mayoral candidates when it comes to parental involvement in public schools in NYC.
Come October, a fresh batch of proposals for opening new schools and fitting others into existing school buildings will come up for a vote at two meetings of the Panel for Educational Policy. These proposals are the last group of new schools and co-locations being proposed under Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Members of a state commission on public corruption delved into the extent of the problem they are tasked with investigating by listening to testimony on the issue Tuesday night. The commission held its first public hearing at Pace University, where Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, testified that government corruption "appears rampant."
Members of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration spread out across the city Monday to congratulate nearly two dozen schools that placed among the top scorers on new state tests administered to students in April. The mayor said that New York City was home to 22 out of the state's 25 top schools.
African-American Democratic leaders marching in Sunday's annual parade in Harlem are preparing for one of two realities in the very near future: a runoff to be held on Oct. 1 or rallying behind a single candidate, Bill de Blasio.
The first week of public school in New York City has come to a close and, considering school actually started on a Monday (when was the last time that happened?), it's been a meaty week.
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When the 2014-15 application period opens for kindergarten, New York City parents will have the option to apply online or by phone rather than personally visiting every school on their list and filling out multiple applications by hand. It may sound modest but Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott called the new system "a major game changer."
Bill Thompson's campaign chairwoman publicly strayed from the campaign script on Wednesday, saying rival Bill de Blasio had a "convincing" victory and that she thinks de Blasio "will ultimately emerge as the nominee of the Democratic party." Merryl Tisch's early endorsement had provided a big boost for Thompson's credibility. But now she's backing away.
A Department of Education program gives students with disabilities the skills to walk the streets of New York safely and take public transportation on their own. For one high school senior in Queens, the training has meant she can commute to school this year without an adult escort for the first time in her life.
New York City public schools sprung back to life on Monday, the first day of classes for more than one million students. WNYC embedded a reporter at at an elementary school for an inside view of the launch of the 2013-14 school year.
School staff have been back at work, readying classrooms, finalizing class lists and delving into professional development workshops before their students stream through school doors on Monday. WNYC captured "the week before" at an elementary school in in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.