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Not All Teachers Falling in Line Behind Thompson

Friday, September 06, 2013

The United Federation of Teachers has gone all-out in its endorsement of mayoral candidate Bill Thompson, spending more than $1 million through its political action committee and producing a new television ad. But will teachers follow their union’s lead?

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Teachers Union Backs Thompson for Mayor

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Bill Thompson, the former head of the Board of Education and son of a public school teacher, won the endorsement of the teachers union in the race for mayor. Union leaders said they were not looking to play it safe this election cycle.

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Teachers Juggle Breaking News with Lesson Plans

Monday, April 22, 2013

One teacher used the Boston Marathon bombing to teach her students about Chechnya. Another helped students process what happened in terms they could understand. “I told them that we can’t let bullies rule us whether they’re terrorists or in the school,” he said.

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Scores Rise Slightly on High School Progress Reports

Monday, November 26, 2012

More city high schools got A's and B's on their annual report cards, and fewer got failing grades. These progress reports looked at student performance and school environment but this year they also looked at how well each school prepared its students for college and career, based on the courses they took and their test scores.

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State Identifies Hundreds of Schools for Improvement, Under New System

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Now that New York State has a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind law, it's identified over 700 schools that must plan improvements - but they will have more flexibility over their funds. A total of 354 of the schools are in New York City.

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Stuyvesant Principal to Step Down

Friday, August 03, 2012

Stanley Teitel, the principal of Stuyvesant, will step down Sept. 1, the Education Department announced Friday afternoon. Officials provided few details on the resignation, but said a replacement would be named early next week. Meanwhile, summer school wrapped up this week. And the 24 schools ensnared in the turnaround fight between the unions and the city were told to focus on a smooth start in September. This, and a Twitter fight, in the weekly wrap up.

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Turnaround Schools Revert to Old Names

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

After months of pushing for an overhaul of 24 struggling schools, the city has taken the pragmatic step of telling principals what they need to do to ensure a smooth start of the school year, including keeping the old school names.

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City Releases Details of Turnaround Plans

Friday, July 27, 2012

The city has released plans outlining reforms at the 24 "turnaround" schools. Staffing changes were thwarted by a judge's ruling, and the rest of the plans also appear to be at risk because they relied on federal aid that has been held up because of litigation involving the city and its unions.

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Teachers at 24 Schools Receive Status Updates

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

The city sent letters Wednesday giving instructions to thousands of teachers whose careers are in limbo while the Bloomberg administration and the teachers' union continue their legal battle over the city's turnaround effort at 24 schools. Teachers at the struggling schools do not have to take any action in order to reclaim their jobs but Tweed officials want to know who is seeking transfers and jobs elsewhere.

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Judge Says City Must Reinstate Teachers at 24 Struggling Schools

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

A state judge has declined, for now, to block a ruling that allows 4,000 city teachers to go back to their jobs at 24 struggling schools. An arbitrator decided last month that the city violated the union's contract by requiring the teachers to reapply for their positions at new schools that are opening in the same buildings this fall. The city lost its request for a temporary restraining order on Tuesday but is still appealing the arbitrator's ruling, and a full court hearing is scheduled for later this month.

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City and Unions Head to Court Over 24 School Closings

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The Bloomberg administration plans to tell a state judge on Tuesday that an arbitrator exceeded his authority when he found the city must hire back thousands of teachers at 24 struggling schools. But with less than two months to go before school starts, the city's decision to appeal means uncertainty and confusion among affected teachers and administrators.

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On Final Day of Public School Year, Stuyvesant Reels Over Reports of Cheating

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

At Stuyvesant High School, the school year ended on a negative note, with widespread coverage of a suspected cheating scandal. More than 80 students are suspected of communicating via text message about exams, and an investigation is ongoing.

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Deirdre DeAngelis-D'Alessio: Leading Is an 'Us' Business

Monday, June 11, 2012

In the latest Principal's Office interview, the principal of New Dorp High School on Staten Island says her large high school is working for her students -- and can be a model to help preserve other large high schools in the city. "There are advantages to small schools for a certain kind of kid, but there’s something about the community of a large school that you can’t replace," she says.

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For 24 Schools Getting New Start, 24 New Names

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

How does the Bronx Middle School of Academic and Career Technology sound? Or the School of Opportunities at the August Martin Campus? Those are the new names given to two of the 24 public schools that are slated to be shut down at the end of the school year and reopened in September with the same students but shuffled staff and new identities. Incoming ninth graders will learn their school's new name on Thursday.

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A Final Decision for 24 City Schools

Friday, April 27, 2012

At a bit before midnight, more than three months after the idea was first proposed, the Panel for Educational Policy voted to reconstitute two dozen city schools by closing them, replacing most of their staff members and reopening them with new names. The vote was the end of a prolonged process, a day of drama and a very long, emotional night.

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With Panel Vote, Once-Venerable City Schools Will Close

Thursday, April 26, 2012

The names of two-dozen New York City public schools, some of them among the oldest educational institutions in the city, are likely to be erased on Thursday night when a city board votes on proposals to close the schools. Among them are Flushing High School, which lays claim to being the oldest public high school in New York City, and Richmond Hill High School, which is so overcrowded that its students have overflowed into trailers. But in a last-minute reprieve, Bushwick Community and Grover Cleveland high schools were spared.

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City Removes John Dewey High School Principal

Friday, March 16, 2012

New York City's Department of Education removed the principal of a Brooklyn high school from his position on Friday, a decision that caught school staff by surprise and fueled complaints that the city was trying to quash protests against Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's education policies.

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At Turnaround Meeting, the Big Question Was 'Why?'

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

More than 150 teachers, parents and students showed up at a hearing at Brooklyn Borough Hall Monday evening, questioning the mayor's plan to close and reopen 33 schools. Many were skeptical of the mayor's motivations. And some said the turnaround plan was unnecessary: "A lot of what they want to do with our new school is what we've been doing," said a teacher at John Dewey High School, one of the affected schools.

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City Forges Ahead on Restructuring at 33 Schools

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

New York City is moving ahead with plans to significantly change 33 low-performing schools in danger of losing federal grant money. At the same time, the city and teachers' union are negotiating a new teacher evaluation system, one of the conditions to winning federal aid. Which will happen first: 33 schools get shuttered or a deal is made on how to evaluate teachers and fire the weakest ones?

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City Forges Ahead on Eliminating Teachers at 33 Schools

Monday, January 30, 2012

Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the city is moving ahead with plans to close and reopen 33 struggling schools even though it means replacing about half their teachers or, according to some, he's proceeding because it means replacing half the teaching staff.

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