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Chancellor Walcott on New Test Scores, Small Schools Study

Monday, August 26, 2013

This week, parents will get the results of their child's new common core standardized tests this week. NYC schools chancellor Dennis Walcott and chief academic officer Shael Polakow-Suransky talk about how to interpret the (probably lower) scores. Plus, a new study from MRDC found gains in graduation rates from the "small schools" strategy favored by Mayor Bloomberg.

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Deadline Fast Approaching on Teacher Evaluation Deal

Thursday, November 29, 2012

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.

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Chancellor Unveils Long Awaited Parent Academy

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Citing statistics showing students do better in school when their parents are actively engaged in their education, Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott said the city will open a new Parent Academy to host training sessions at individual schools and in each of the five boroughs.

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Walcott Welcomes New School Year

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

School Chancellor Dennis Walcott said Sept. 6 is a day to focus on the anticipation and opportunity implicit in a new school year. Any policy debates or disputes will have to wait until another day.

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Mobile Recycling Lab Makes First Stop

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

New York City unveiled a colorful mobile lab dedicated to lessons about recycling amid promises to expand students' awareness of environmental issues.

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City Promises More Even Distribution of Needy Students

Friday, July 27, 2012

The schools chancellor has promised to distribute high-needs students fairly across the school system. This comes after years of complaints from school communities that feel over burdened with high numbers of struggling and special-need students.

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Annual Schools Survey Shows Parents More Satisfied Than Teachers

Monday, July 23, 2012

A record number of parents, student, and teachers responded to the city's annual school survey. More students reported that their schoolwork is more rigorous, with 95 percent of students saying they need to work hard to get good grades, up from 93 percent in 2010. Eighty percent of teachers said they received feedback on their teaching practices that helped them integrate the new Common Core standards into classroom instruction.

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24 Schools Slated to Close Are Now Planning for Fall, Walcott Says

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott said education officials would meet with the principals of 24 so-called turnaround schools on Tuesday afternoon to go over their budgets and help discern staffing needs, since recent hiring and firing decisions at the schools were reversed in late June by an arbitrator’s ruling. He also said the city would "work in collaboration" with the teachers' and principals' unions to make sure schools were ready for September.

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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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71 Stuyvesant Students Accused of Cheating on Regents

Monday, July 09, 2012

Officials have identified 71 students who they said were involved in cheating during the administering of Regents exams at Stuyvesant High School last month, schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott disclosed on Monday during a radio interview. In all of those cases, the exam results will be invalidated and the students involved will have to retake the tests.

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Council Members Urge Walcott to Lift Cellphone Ban

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Most of the City Council's 51 members have signed a letter urging the schools chancellor to lift the city's ban on cellphones in public schools. The letter calls the current policy "inconsistent and possibly discriminatory" because it's enforced mostly at schools with metal detectors.

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City and Union Collaborate on New Community Hubs

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The teachers' union and the Education Department are joining forces to provide more social and medical services to students and their families at six schools, which will serve as community hubs.

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Remarkable Seniors Recognized

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott is honoring nearly 200 graduating seniors Monday night who have overcome what he calls "remarkable obstacles" to earn their diplomas. One of those students is Daniel Gillen of Beacon High School.

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Education Budget Basics for Next Year

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

SchoolBook attended the CIty Council hearing on next year's school budget so you didn't have to. We have the highlights and details.

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Admissions Letters for Gifted and Talented Programs Go Out

Friday, May 25, 2012

New York's youngest public school students began hearing on Friday whether they received admission to one of 89 gifted and talented programs throughout the city.

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Fleet Week and a Long Holiday Weekend

Friday, May 25, 2012

It's Memorial Day weekend, and while some people may be planning a brief escape or time to relax, the three-day holiday is also an opportunity for learning about history.

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Chronically Absent Students Missed by School Reporting

Thursday, May 17, 2012

A study finds that as many as 15 percent of students miss at least one school day in 10, doing harm to their academic progress, but they go largely undetected because of the way schools measure attendance.

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Union Gears Workshops Toward Parent Power

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

The United Federation of Teachers began a series of workshops for parents on Saturday morning, to help provide them with skills and motivation "to advocate on behalf of their children and schools, and demand education policy changes," Gotham Schools reports.

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Proud Homecoming for Middle School Chess Champs

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Students at Intermediate School 318 Eugenio Maria de Hostos in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, returned to their school on Tuesday as conquering heroes, having accomplished the extraordinary act of winning the national chess championship for high school students -- a feat that showed they were out of their grades, but not out of their class.

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Walcott, Turnaround Schools, Teacher Evaluations

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

WNYC's "The Brian Lehrer Show" used Spring Break to catch up on the latest education news.

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