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Obama Official Gives Cover to New York Ahead of Test Score Release

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

With anxiety mounting before the release on Wednesday of results of New York's tougher new math and reading tests, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan urged parents and educators to put the scores into context by seeing them as a new "baseline" from which to build.

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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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WNYC News

Explainer: How City Teachers Are Punished

Friday, April 13, 2012

The recent outcry over the arrests of several New York City teachers accused of sexual misconduct has left many parents wondering how teachers are disciplined and whether too many were allowed to keep their jobs even after complaints are lodged.

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Schools Will Lose $60 Million Due to Impasse Over Teacher Evaluations

Friday, December 30, 2011

New York City education officials and the teachers union say they will not be able to reach an agreement on a new teacher evaluation system by a December 31 deadline. Without an agreement, the city Department of Education will have to forfeit $60 million in federal grant money meant to help 33 struggling schools.

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Scores Stagnate in NYC on National Tests

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

New York City's public school students showed no significant gains on national exams in math and reading this year, despite showing gains in previous years.

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Boro Presidents: Parent Panels Need Better Elections

Monday, October 03, 2011

Four of the city's five borough presidents are calling on state lawmakers to force the city Department of Education to reform its Education Council elections, following widespread confusion during this year's vote.

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Parent Group Wants More Information About PCB Leaks in Schools

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Some New York City parent activists are calling on the Department of Education to provide more information about the location of PCB leaks in hundreds of public schools.

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Far Fewer City Teachers Get Tenure After Change in Guidelines

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Far fewer city teachers got tenure this year after the Bloomberg administration urged principals to follow new guidelines.

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Two Months Into Tenure, Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott Continues Push for New Tone

Monday, May 30, 2011

In the nearly two months since former deputy mayor Dennis Walcott took over as Schools Chancellor, the city's highest-ranking African American has relied on his political prowess and knowledge of the schools system to redefine the role and set a new tone.

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City Holds Do-Over in Community Education Council Elections

Thursday, May 12, 2011

After being harshly criticized for bungling this year's community education council elections, the city has announced a do-over.

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