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Walcott: City Has No Role to Play in Ending Bus Strike

Friday, February 08, 2013

At a hearing on the cost of transporting students to school, City Council members pleaded with Chancellor Dennis Walcott to do what he could to to end the school bus strike. Thousands of students have been without yellow bus service since the strike began on Jan. 16. He stuck to the city's position that there is nothing it can do to resolve the standoff.

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Teacher Evaluation Talks to Continue Over Weekend

Friday, January 11, 2013

With time running out, the Bloomberg administration and the teachers union have cleared their schedules to continue negotiations on getting a teacher evaluation deal in place by the state's deadline of next Thursday.

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The City Council Speaker Weighs in on the School Discipline Code

Monday, June 04, 2012

As the city tries to decrease its student suspension rate with a revised discipline code, Christine Quinn, the city council speaker, urges the Department of Education to consider even more measures to keep students in school.

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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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School Administrator Resigns After Inquiry Into Wife's Job

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The $190,806-a-year executive director of the Department of Education's finance division was forced to resign Tuesday after a city investigation found that he had arranged for his wife to be hired for an Education Department job with a $52,000 salary.

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Success Charter Wins Approval to Open a Williamsburg School

Friday, March 02, 2012

The Panel for Education Policy voted to allow a Success Academy charter school's opening in the fall inside of a Williamsburg middle school; parents in the Bronx are worried about overcrowding; and the mayor and schools chancellor are speaking this morning on a panel about education reform.

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Two Chancellors, Two Different Public Views on Teacher Ratings

Friday, February 24, 2012

Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott has expressed reluctance about releasing thousands of individual teacher ratings to the public, striking a different tone if not a different outcome from that of his predecessor, Joel I. Klein, who paved the way for their release.

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Regents and Cuomo Split on School Performance Grants

Monday, January 23, 2012

Testifying in Albany about Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's proposed executive budget, Education Commissioner John B. King Jr. said the Regents would put $200 million of the $250 million the governor set aside for performance grants toward helping poor districts instead.

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In Washington, Mayor Bloomberg Makes His Case for Teacher Evaluations

Friday, January 20, 2012

Speaking in Washington at a meeting of the United States Conference of Mayors Thursday, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg called on the teachers' union to stop blocking a new system of evaluations.

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Both Sides Hang Tough on Teacher Evaluations

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

The city and the teachers union remain in a stalemate over a system to evaluate teachers in the city's struggling schools. While state officials say there's still time for them to reverse their decision, $60 million in federal aid to those schools remains on hold.

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Recess Has Some New Competition

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Jump rope, freeze tag and the jungle gym, once staples of lunchtime play, are being squeezed out at some of the city’s highest-rated public elementary schools, where recess is now being viewed as prime time for enrichment classes.

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On Thanksgiving, Stepping Up to the Plate

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Scooping his food with a spork, Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott shared a pre-Thanksgiving meal with the children at Public School 56 Lewis H. Latimer in Brooklyn, and talked about the importance of healthy eating. “It's fun because we can come together and we don’t get to see each other on Thanksgiving,” said Mahagany Young, 9, a fourth grader. “Everyone here is friends and family to us.”

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At Murrow, Missing Mr. Fattorusso, Ms. Totillo, Ms. Leone and Ms. Senia

Friday, November 18, 2011

Edward R. Murrow High School lost four members of its staff to the budget cuts that hit schools all over the city last month. Reporters for the student newspaper talked with them about losing their jobs.

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The Chancellor and the Marathon

Monday, November 07, 2011

Schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott joined the 45,000 people running the New York City Marathon on Sunday. Mr. Walcott started training less than a year ago, when he decided to make running the marathon the goal for his 60th birthday.

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Before the Marathon, Students Run in Central Park

Thursday, November 03, 2011

A few days before the New York City Marathon, 1,000 young people took part in a run in Central Park. Some of their teachers said training for the run served as physical education for their schools.

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Walcott Pledges Measures to Increase Parents' Involvement

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott announced plans to increase parents' involvement in their children's schooling, a topic he has made a priority and is in keeping with his agenda of improving the Education Department's public relations.

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City Council Will Require More Detailed Inventory of School Space

Monday, October 17, 2011

"We actually don’t have any annual documentation and reporting from the Department of Education that answers simple questions like does the school in my neighborhood have a gym, does the school in my
neighborhood have an art room, does the school in my neighborhood have a library,'' City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said Monday, in explaining the new reporting requirement.

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Math Do-Over for State Officials on School Safety

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Did state education officials' failure to read all the tabs on an Excel spreadsheet lead to the low count of violent episodes in New York City schools? State officials concede that they listed 20,000 fewer cases than had been reported to them, and say they are now recalculating the total, as well as revising the list of "persistently dangerous schools."

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Poor Schools Will Absorb Brunt of Budget Cuts

Monday, October 03, 2011

With the layoffs of 716 school aides and parent coordinators appearing more and more likely by the end of the week, an analysis shows that many districts will have no layoffs while schools with more poor or struggling students are more likely to lose staff members.

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Flying High Over High School Football

Monday, September 19, 2011

Even New York City Schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott was in the bleachers at Campus Magnet football field in Cambria Heights, Queens, as the Fort Hamilton High School Tigers of Brooklyn pushed past the Bulldogs of Mathematics, Science Research and Technology Magnet High School of Queens to clinch a 30-21 victory.

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