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Principals Union Sees Back Pay as Stumbling Block in Contract Talks

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

The union representing New York's principals claimed the city is unfairly trying to squeeze its members out of raises they're entitled to from when they worked as teachers.
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Teacher Evaluation Plan Garners Praise

Sunday, June 02, 2013

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After delays and much drama, New York City officially has a new evaluation system in place for teachers and principals. It replaces a more simplistic system that's been the model since the 1930s, and incorporates the controversial element of student test scores.

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Arbitrator Halts City’s Plan to Overhaul 24 Schools

Friday, June 29, 2012

UPDATED | An arbitrator on Friday halted a central element of the Bloomberg administration’s plans for closing and reopening 24 schools, saying its method for overhauling the staff at those institutions violated labor contracts.

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City and Unions Agree That Hiring Can Begin for 24 Schools

Friday, May 18, 2012

The city can start hiring new teachers and administrators to fill positions at 24 schools that will be closed and reopened by September, under a deal reached with the teachers' and principals' unions and announced late Friday. An arbitrator, meanwhile, will work quickly to decide whether the city's shuffling of staff violates the unions' contract. If the city loses the arbitration, its new hiring can be reversed.

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New Pro-Union Group Jumps Into Mayoral Race

Friday, May 18, 2012

While they are duking it out with the city at the policy level, the public school unions are also hoping to kick it up on the political front, as part of a new coalition, New Yorkers for Great Public Schools, that plans to weigh in on the 2013 mayoral race. The group was formed to counter StudentsFirstNY, which has said it will inject $10 million a year, raised from hedge fund managers and venture capitalists, into the race to press for more policies like those adopted under Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.

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City and Unions Square Off Over Hiring at 24 Struggling Schools

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

City lawyers go to court on Wednesday to argue that attempts by the teachers' and principals' unions to slow down their hiring of new teachers for 24 schools that the Department of Education wants to revamp will have a significant impact on their ability to get the most-qualified candidates.

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Unions Claim School Closings Violate Their Contracts

Monday, May 07, 2012

Unions representing the teachers and principals went to court to block the city from letting go of any staff members at the 24 schools it plans to close and reopen this fall. They accuse the city of violating their contractual rights to due process.

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Plea for Bushwick High: Give Last-Chance School Another Chance

Monday, April 23, 2012

The president of the principals' union makes a case to save Bushwick Community High School, a transfer high school that is slated to be closed. Ernest Logan writes: "Not one student I encountered on my recent visit could figure out how losing their principal, teachers and cherished school name was going to help them."

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City Gives $5.7 Million to Principals in Bonuses

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The city distributed $5.7 million in performance bonuses to principals and assistant principals this year, based on rankings of their students' test scores and graduation rates, the same criteria used to assign letter grades to schools. Principals at 17 schools that ranked in the top one percent received the maximum bonus of $25,000.

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Principals' Union Condemns Plan for 33 Struggling Schools

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Of the unions representing teachers and principals in New York City, the principals’ union had played a passive role in the charged and increasingly divisive dispute over an evaluation system to gauge the performance of teachers and principals in 33 struggling schools receiving federal grants to help improve their results. No longer. On Wednesday, the principals’ union president, Ernest A. Logan, sent a strongly worded letter to the state’s education commissioner, John B. King Jr., saying the city's plan for those 33 schools was simply a ploy to shut out the unions.

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Cuomo's Education Commission: Still Missing the Who, When and What

Thursday, January 05, 2012

Who will be on Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's education commission? What will be its focus? When will it happen? The governor left many questions in the wake of his State of the State address on Wednesday about his intentions on this and other educational matters.

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Sadness and Anger Over School Closings

Friday, December 09, 2011

The proverbial other shoe will drop Friday, when as many as 10 more New York City public schools will be placed on a list to be closed, but the fallout has already begun after the city's announcement Thursday recommending a dozen school closings and the "truncation" of grades from three additional schools.

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Principals and City Reach Impasse in Bargaining

Thursday, November 03, 2011

The state's labor relations board formally declared that the City Department of Education and the Council for School Supervisors and Administrators had made no progress in their contract negotiations. The next step is the appointment of a mediator to oversee talks.

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Who Will Be at Friday's 11th-Hour Layoffs Protest?

Friday, October 07, 2011

A noon rally at City Hall may or may not include other unions that have publicly supported District Council 37. Neither the United Federation of Teachers nor the Council of School Supervisors and Administrators has yet said it would be there.

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Walcott's Plan to Strengthen Middle Schools Draws Mixed Reaction

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

In his first major policy address, Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott called for an overhaul of middle schools, citing them as the weak link in the city's system. The initiative drew both fans and critics.

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For Safety's Sake, a Little Less Art on School Walls

Friday, September 16, 2011

Principals at city public schools also said they are cutting back on some of their classroom displays because of enforcement of fire codes by the city Fire Department. Gone are some hallway displays. And teachers have taken down the clotheslines, common in city elementary schools, that were used to hang instructions at students' eye level

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