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Educators Go Silent on State Tests, More Than Last Year

Friday, April 17, 2015

Concerns about the state tests may be legion, or they may comprise a small fraction of public opinion. We don't know because most educators are too nervous to talk about them.
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Thousands Across New York Opt Out of State Exams

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

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Figures coming in from small school districts and in-field guesstimates suggest opt-out rates for the state's annual tests are on the rise.
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Public School Parents Largely True Believers in Vaccination

Monday, April 06, 2015

In New York State, you must make a religious declaration to exempt your child from legally-required vaccines. In the city, WNYC found relatively few public school parents seek waivers.

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Parents and Teachers Join Forces Against Cuomo's Education Agenda

Thursday, March 12, 2015

The teachers union and a non-profit group helped organize schools across New York City to protest the governor's plans.
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Teachers Sound Off on State English Tests

Monday, April 21, 2014

Some city educators object to the New York's recent English exams for grades 3-8, but that doesn't mean they're opposed to higher standards.

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New Schools Chancellor Brings Applause—and Some Concerns

Monday, December 30, 2013

Educators cheered the appointment of one of their own as head of the New York City school system — even if some raised concerns that Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina may roll back some of the reforms championed by the previous administration.

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Brooklyn Teachers Blast Emphasis on Testing

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Teachers from Brooklyn's District 15 decried linking high-stakes decisions and standardized tests, and called on Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio to select a schools chancellor who would reverse the testing trend.

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Mayor Touts Education Policies on Tour of Top-Scoring Schools

Monday, September 16, 2013

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.

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Punctuality Won't Close Middle School Gap

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

A mother and child psychologist says the system for middle school admissions reveals the challenges that set some children on a different track from others, and wishes for a better alternatives for everyone.

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How We Devised a Pro-Diversity Admissions Rule in a Changing Neighborhood

Thursday, January 10, 2013

An inside player who helped negotiate an unusual admissions policy at an elementary school in fast-changing Sunset Park, Brooklyn lifts the curtain on the process behind the policy that will set aside more than a third of the Kindergarten seats for poor and immigrant students.

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School Rezoning Plan Strikes Personal Chord

Friday, October 26, 2012

A parent argues against the city's proposal to re-draw the lines for elementary schools in Park Slope, Brooklyn. She says it causes more problems than it solves.

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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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Parents Pay for School Staff, With Little Oversight

Friday, June 08, 2012

It's an open secret that PTAs in many of the city's well-heeled neighborhoods pay for additional school staff. It's difficult to document the extent of this spending because the Department of Education tracks only a small fraction of parent fund-raising and spending, leaving many groups to make potentially significant decisions with little official oversight.

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More Parents Are Saying No to Pearson's Field Tests

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

As city students have begun a new round of standardized tests -- this time so-called "field tests," which are experimental tests that the state-contracted test-maker, Pearson, is using to try out questions on city students for future use -- more parents are talking about opting out. And test resistance appears to becoming more widespread, with substantial numbers of parents at several city schools deciding their children would not participate.

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Pearson Tells State: We'll Do Better

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Once again the state math and English tests created by Pearson are in the news, with a report that the educational company is feeling the pressure stemming from test errors that have caused 29 questions to be struck from the exams so far. Meanwhile, state Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl H. Tisch on Wednesday said Pearson's mistakes were "really disturbing."

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Elizabeth Phillips: Teachers Need to Be Supported

Monday, May 07, 2012

Elizabeth Phillips, the principal of Public School 321 in Brooklyn, has been an outspoken critic of the state exams for elementary school children and the teacher data reports. Ms. Phillips, who leads a high-performing school of 1,407 children, said good teachers were the essence of good schools. "I feel like almost everything I do has to be geared to how I am supporting the teachers," she says.

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Principals Criticize Increased Costs of Test Scoring

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

City principals say their teachers will have to spend more school days than usual scoring state exams this year because of budget cuts to a pot of money that was used to keep teachers working late to score the exams.

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Testing Absurdities, Reading Worries and Robo-Grading

Monday, April 23, 2012

English Language Arts exam week ended on Friday with the decision by state Education Commissioner John B. King Jr. to scrap the answers to an absurd question -- literally and otherwise -- about a pineapple and a hare that had stymied eighth grade test takers. That was just one development in a flood of news this weekend about testing and grading -- including Michael Winerip's column in The Times about new computer software that "robo-grades" essays.

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State Scraps Pineapple Test Question

Friday, April 20, 2012

The New York State education commissioner, John B. King Jr., pulled a series of questions from this year's eighth-grade English Language Arts exam, after an uproar about a question involving an absurd scenario of a pineapple and the hare that it challenged to a race.

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Pay to the Order of Public School X ...

Monday, March 19, 2012

Just how expensive is a public school education? SchoolBook and WNYC are turning to readers this week to get a better understanding of the fiscal state of New York City's public schools and how much and how often parents dig into their pockets for supplies, fund-raising auctions and uniforms. As they say in fund-raising speak, your contributions will make a major difference.

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