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Parents Want Options Beyond a "Trigger"

Friday, September 28, 2012

A parent-activist gave the movie "Won't Back Down" two thumbs down because, among other things, it oversimplifies the choices facing parents today. Most parents don't want to turn their schools over to private operators. Instead, she argues, they want neighborhood schools to have smaller class sizes, more art, music and science, and less time spent on standardized tests.

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What We Told the State Education Commissioner

Monday, March 12, 2012

What would you say if you unexpectedly ran into the state education commissioner? Two activist parents raised big issues with John B. King Jr. during a brief encounter recently in a cafeteria in Albany.

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Another Player Enters New York's Advocacy Arena

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

New York's education debate just gained another player, with the arrival of the New York Campaign for Achievement Now. The group wants to make it easier for parents to turn failing schools into charters, but it has been criticized by groups who say it's too closely tied to a charter schools supporter.

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Middle School Plan Draws Widespread Attention

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott drew widespread attention for his proposals to improve the city's lagging middle schools, and some criticism as well from the teachers' union president and others. And students who repeat the eighth grade also have to repeat the cumbersome high school application process.

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New York's SAT Scores Are a Mixed Bag

Thursday, September 15, 2011

The results are mixed for New York's students on the SAT this year, while an audit gives the Department of Education bad grades for the way it collects data that helps it make decisions about school and classroom needs.

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WNYC News

Two New Groups Step into Debate Over Teachers

Monday, February 14, 2011

How much should seniority matter if the city has to layoff thousands of teachers this fall? Two new groups are trying to influence the debate.

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