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Delegates Recommend a Yes Vote for Teachers Contract

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Delegates from the United Federation of Teachers approved the proposed contract, sending it to their members for a final vote. But after going without a contract since 2009, some said they had to accept the deal even if the raises weren't as high as they would have liked.

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Bloomberg's Last Day of School

Friday, December 20, 2013

With schools closing Friday for winter break, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott made one last school visit together at Bard High School Early College in Queens. "It's a bittersweet day," Walcott said.

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Opinion: NYC Teachers Want Excellence Too

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Education is my thing. I read everything I see about it. But I’m weary of seeing the same message over and over. Billionaire-funded education groups that aim to "reform" our schools seem to sneer at teachers’ experience, and support firing teachers using methods that are not supported by scientific research. They talk about us like we champion mediocrity.

That is far from the truth. 

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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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Concerns with Regents May Lead to More Appeals

Friday, June 28, 2013

Although nearly all of the Regents exams have been scored, following glitches in a new scanning system, some will be graded again because families and educators have appealed the results. There are widespread concerns that the recent technical problems led to incorrect results for some students.

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The Scoop From a Survey of School Papers

Monday, November 26, 2012

Despite the fractured fall semester, high school journalists have managed to publish at least one edition of their school papers. Here's a summary of the top news from the student members of the press.

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Tuesday Offers Extra Day to Regroup and Repair

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

The vast majority of New York City schools opened their doors to students Monday, while about 100 remained closed because of damaged buildings, lingering power outages and the need to house evacuees. City officials say they are using Election Day to get these remaining schools ready for students Wednesday morning.

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A Teacher's Lament: The Next Big Thing

Friday, September 14, 2012

One teacher is weary - and wary - of the annual presentation of new ideas.

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In Defense of an Accused Teacher

Friday, April 13, 2012

A United Federation of Teachers chapter leader writes about his friend, Eric Chasanoff, one of 16 teachers who were recently profiled in newspaper stories about teachers who were cleared by arbitrators after being repeatedly charged with inappropriate behavior with students. He defends Mr. Chasanoff and writes: "Department of Education officials used the procedure they negotiated, and lost. For them to say, now, that it was unfair, smacks of sour grapes."

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Saul Gootnick: 'You Have to Do Baby Steps'

Monday, April 09, 2012

Forest Hills High School has more than 3,800 students, 12 assistant principals and 195 teachers. Despite its size and crowding issues, it has earned an A on its progress report three years in a row. The principal, Saul Gootnick, said his team changed the culture of the school by focusing on the classroom and introducing changes one step at a time. "You have to have a plan and you have to make people believe in what you think," he said.

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The Case for Large High Schools

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

An advocate writes: "In its push to close comprehensive high schools in particular, and replace them with campuses of multiple, smaller, themed high schools, the Education Department is closing down the very 'choice' that helps keep many students going to school through their teenage years: the option to pursue an array of courses and after-school activities in line with their interests and abilities."

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Teachers React to Release of Data

Friday, February 24, 2012

Teachers throughout the city have been objecting to the public release on Friday of individual teacher performance rankings. Some listed complaints. Others wanted to explain why they got the ratings they did and to try to put them in perspective. Here are some of their comments.

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Attack Over a Basketball Game at Erasmus

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

A dispute over a lunchtime basketball game on the Brooklyn campus sent an angry student scurrying to find a weapon. The authorities said he grabbed a scissors and then stabbed Alfredo Allen in the head several times.

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Chasing Every Student, for Money

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

With money tight and budgets hinging on the number of pupils who attend school regularly, administrators like Mitchel Kubiak, an assistant principal at New Utrecht High in Brooklyn, use a variety of tactics to get every last student in a classroom seat.

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Sex Ed, With an Emphasis on the Sex

Monday, November 21, 2011

As New York City moves toward its first mandated sex education courses in many years, a school in the Philadelphia suburbs embraces a new type of program that embraces the sexual aspects of sex ed. Can explicit lesson that assume high school students are having sex and coaches them on how to make the most of it be an effective way to deal with safety, unwanted pregnancies, stigmas and sexual stereotypes?

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Officials Pledge Help for Queens High School

Friday, November 18, 2011

Help is on the way to Queens Metropolitan High School, where a scheduling problem has inconvenienced students. The problem was discussed at a quiet meeting of the Panel for Educational Policy. Also: a list of upcoming school events, including a Community Networking Fair at Francis Lewis High School in Queens.

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4,177 Students and One Principal: A Day in the Life at Francis Lewis High School

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Principals these days are expected to be a little bit of many different things: manager, educator, financial whiz, social worker, enforcer, data analyst, cheerleader and contortionist (figuratively, at least). They are the people with whom the buck stops. Fernanda Santos, who covers city schools for The Times, tagged along with a city school principal all day.

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Crowding Persists, New Education Dept. Data Show

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

UPDATED | New York City public schools were, over all, slightly more crowded last year than the year before. But those overall figures are not really meaningful to the thousands of students who attend schools that are way over capacity. Here is a breakdown of the data by district; borough and school type, and the 100 schools that have the highest rates of utilization.

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