A day after New York City and its teachers union failed to reach an agreement on a new teacher evaluation system, State Education Commissioner John King said the two sides are still legally obligated to continue negotiations. He's nudging the Bloomberg administration and teachers' union back into talks by threatening to withhold more aid from New York City.
Beth Fertig, WNYC's education reporter and contributor to SchoolBook, and Yasmeen Khan, WNYC associate news producer covering education and politics, update us on the apparent failure of negotiations between the teachers' union and the DOE, resulting in the loss of hundreds of millions of dollars in state aid.
With thousands of school bus drivers on strike, families are making patchwork arrangements to get their children to and from school. SchoolBook tagged along with one mother and son who had to change up their routine.
Many New York City school bus routes were shuttered today as drivers went on strike. Schoolbook reporters Beth Fertig and Yasmeen Khan update the latest. Then, Nicole Gelinas, contributing editor of the Manhattan Institute's City Journal, discusses how the city should approach negotiations with the union and the bus companies.
A group of architects and educators presented their ideas on how to design schools that accommodate children with special needs. Hint: creating an environment for children with disabilities means it can be a space for all students.
A Radio Rookies story on sexual cyberbullying sparked a classroom discussion among students from the Academy for Young Writers who said they regularly encounter sexually explicit material online that involves their own classmates or friends.
By the end of the week, all but two schools displaced by storm Sandy will be back in their original locations. P.S. 288 on Coney Island welcomed back students Monday with great enthusiasm after two months making do at a host school.
WNYC's Yasmeen Khan caught up with Glenn Schicker, whose first grade daughter attends Sandy Hook Elementary. Her best friend and fellow first-grader was killed in the shooting.
As the city's public schools reopen today after the winter break, students and teachers from five schools return to their original buildings for the first time since Sandy and more will return next week. But two will have to wait longer.
In its final public meeting for 2012, the city's Panel for Educational Policy approved nine new charters schools and also approved a resolution to keep school lunches at the current price of $1.50, instead of $2.50 as proposed by the mayor.
Former New York City schools chancellor, Frank Macchiarola, died Tuesday at the age of 71. He led the city schools under Mayor Ed Koch, after the fiscal crisis caused steep cuts to education.
Students and teachers in New York City and around the country are back in their classrooms on Monday, and many will hold discussions on the school shooting on Friday in Newtown, Conn. SchoolBook wants to know how students and teachers are processing the information together.
Newtown, Connecticut, is a small town nestled in Fairfield County. It is home to roughly 27,000. Its main street, Churchill Road, winds through the town center past restaurants and shops and Colonial style homes draped in Christmas decorations.
Two experts weigh in on how to discuss Friday's mass school shooting with children. The primary concern, they said, is to emphasize to young people that they are safe.
A professor and a hip hop icon have teamed up to help high school students use popular music techniques like rhyme and keen observation to communicate science concepts. The idea is to let students be brilliant about a topic, and to express complex ideas in a way they enjoy. The project will culminate in a musical showdown this spring.
Schools on the city's "early engagement" list have finished up their meetings with education officials. They now wait to see which schools the Education Department will propose for phase-out. SchoolBook spent time at the Juan Morel Campos Secondary School which is facing possible closure for the second year in a row.
A report by the city comptroller's office shows that some consultants, hired by the Education Department to provide special education services to students, billed the city for services provided in the middle of the night or for 15-hour days. The report's findings of possible fraud have been turned over to the city's Special Commissioner of Investigation.
Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott said Wednesday that without a teacher evaluation agreement, which comes with an increase in state funding, there could be major cuts to New York City schools. But his laying out of grim consequences was met with a call to untie much needed education money from the deal, and politics, altogether.
Naoual Eljastimi is the kind of chemistry teacher who assigns homework every day and yet receives impromptu hugs from students at Leon M. Goldstein High School. She is one of seven city teachers to receive this year's Sloan Awards for Excellence in Science and Math.
With $300 million in state funds on the line, the January deadline for reaching a teacher evaluation agreement in New York City looms large. The United Federation of Teachers and education officials agreed to a framework long ago. Now it's down to the excruciating details of how to make it work.