Tired of waiting for Mayor Bloomberg and the teachers' union to agree on teacher evaluations, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he'd propose a back-up plan for New York City in the form of a budget amendment which would give the state authority to implement its own plan for New York's largest school district.
On the first night of school closure hearings, Deputy Chancellor Marc Sternberg will at least be able to tell angry crowds that more students can now transfer out of their closing schools. He said the expanded transfer plan was part of the city's strategy to expand school choice.
To avoid losing hundreds of millions of dollars in federal education money, School Chancellor Dennis Walcott released details on how the city will prepare teachers and school leaders for a new evaluation system in time for the 2013-14 school year.
At a hearing on the cost of transporting students to school, City Council members pleaded with Chancellor Dennis Walcott to do what he could to to end the school bus strike. Thousands of students have been without yellow bus service since the strike began on Jan. 16. He stuck to the city's position that there is nothing it can do to resolve the standoff.
After the early engagement process this year, which noted the poor performance of 60 schools, education officials identified about two dozen schools for closure. The public hearings start soon but there are no expectations that anything will change the minds of D.O.E. officials. Why were some schools spared and others closed? "That's the mystery," said one Community Education Council member.
The online application program, know as the common app, has new essay questions for the first time in several years. They're meant to bring out personal stories, and help the students who may receive little counseling or support when it comes to applying to college.
Five candidates for mayor debated education policy in New York City, and gave their views on topics such as how to better work with unions and how to ease the strains of co-locations.
If the Bloomberg administration and teachers' union do not come to an agreement soon on teacher evaluations, the state is prepared to step in and impose a plan. "This is truly an extraordinary circumstance," said Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Despite the public exchange of barbs and insults, the Bloomberg administration and teachers' and principals' unions said they are planning to meet this week to talk about teacher evaluations. One key issue on the table: how to provide meaningful training to principals and teachers in time to implement a new system by September.
The top high school chess teams meet this weekend in a hotel ballroom for the citywide chess tournament. "It’s just so quick with tension in there," said Matheu Jefferson, a senior at Bronx Center for Science and Math. "There's nothing like being in that room. It is the loudest quiet I've ever heard in my life."
State officials keep adding more money to the pile meant to push New York City and the United Federation of Teachers into an agreement on teacher evaluations. On Tuesday, the financial incentive came from the governor, who again proposed an increase in state education aid -- but only for districts with evaluation agreements in place by September.
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.