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Avonte Oquendo's Death Hits Home for Special Needs Families

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The 14-year-old boy disappeared from a public school in October and his remains were positively identified Tuesday, after being discovered last week in the East River. To those with children like Avonte, some say his death is like losing a family member.

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Walcott Admits Charter School Rollout Could've Been Better

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Departing Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott stands by Bloomberg's education reforms, with one exception. He says that if the city had handled the rollout of charter schools better, perhaps the debate today would not be so divided. 

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Friendly Jousting Over Bloomberg's Legacy on Testing

Monday, November 25, 2013

City Council members and the schools chancellor put down their swords during their final encounter Monday, amicably agreeing to disagree on the role of testing in the city schools. 

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Walcott Refines Safety Procedures After Child's Disappearance

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott announced several changes to safety protocols, in the Department of Education's most explicit acknowledgment that changes are needed following the disappearance of 14-year-old Avonte Oquendo last month from his Long Island City school.

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Chancellor Fields Questions from Teachers on New Evaluations

Thursday, October 17, 2013

The Schools Chancellor stopped by the WNYC studios to talk about the double whammy educators are facing this year, with a new teacher evaluation system and brand new curricula tied to the Common Core standards. Teachers had lots of questions for him. Take a listen.

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City Sues Union Over 'Rubber Room' Agreement

Friday, September 27, 2013

The Bloomberg administration is suing the teachers union for failing to comply with an agreement intended to expedite cases involving teachers accused of misconduct or incompetence. The city claims the union has failed to uphold its end of the deal to expand the number of hearing officers from 20 to 39, thwarting the goal of the 2010 agreement.

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Walcott Prepares for Transition to New Mayor

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott is paving the way for the next mayor by setting up a transition team. As the Daily News reports, Walcott said Thursday that he had appointed Senior Deputy Chancellor Marc Sternberg to head up the prep work.

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Walcott Gives Advice on Reviewing Students' Test Scores

Monday, August 26, 2013

On the same day that parents of New York city public school children can see how their child performed on this year's state math and reading tests, Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott gave this bit of advice to WNYC's Brian Lehrer show listeners about comparing this year's scores to last year's: "It's not a fair comparison because these scores represent a new higher, tougher standard.

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Report: Teacher Training Programs Responding to School Needs

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

New York City has released its first-ever rating of how graduates of local teaching colleges do when they get into the classroom, and Department of Education officials said they were pleased with the results.

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City Teachers, Principals Brace for Low Test Scores

Monday, August 05, 2013

Principals started getting test scores for their schools Monday, but they are not allowed to discuss the results before the state and city release them publicly on Wednesday. Nonetheless, word is spreading among anxious teachers and principals that the scores really did go down. One person close to the school system called it a "bloodbath."

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City Picks New Common Core Materials

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Educators now can choose from a city-approved list when buying materials that adhere to the Common Core standards in math and English. Schools won't get the new materials until September though, months after students take the first Common Core-aligned exams.

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Attendance Drops for Special Ed Students on First Day of Bus Strike

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

The first school bus strike in more than 30 years has caused attendance to fall at schools serving the neediest special education students, because their pupils rely on yellow buses. Parents are using mass transit and driving their children to school. Meanwhile, Mayor Bloomberg and the union representing drivers and bus escorts continue to disagree about whether the city can drop long-time employee protections from bus contracts that are now going out for bid.

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City, Union Hit Road Block on Teacher Evaluations

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Progress stalled in talks between the teachers' union and the city on a teacher evaluation system, with both sides pointing fingers.

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Cuomo Warns Teacher Eval Deadline is Real

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state's deadline for a teacher evaluation deal in two weeks is a "hard deadline," squashing any hopes for a state extension if the city and the teachers union can't reach an agreement.

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Teachers, Principals and Money Unresolved for 24 Turnaround Schools

Friday, April 27, 2012

Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott and his deputies told members of the Panel for Educational Policy Thursday night that the city will not require the 24 schools slated for turnaround to let go of half their teachers. Principals, he said, have been directed "to hire the best possible staff that they can. And if that means that they're hiring back more than 50 percent, then that is exactly what they should do." But that position could jeopardize federal funds.

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WNYC News

Chancellor: Plan to Close, Reopen Schools Was Not Act of 'Revenge'

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott said the city's plan to close and reopen 26 struggling schools in order to keep federal funds was "not an act of revenge" against the teachers union.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

School Break News Roundup

Monday, April 09, 2012

Beth Fertig, WNYC's education reporter and contributor to SchoolBook, looks at Chancellor Walcott's first year and other education news.

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WNYC News

Education Fair Aims to Help Students Select High Schools

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Eighth-graders from across the city are invited on Sunday to the Department of Education's annual high school fair aimed at helping students decide what high school they're interested in attending.

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WNYC News

City Principals Get New Curriculum for Teaching 9/11

Thursday, September 01, 2011

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Just in time for the tenth anniversary, the city's public schools will now have a new curriculum for teaching about the 9/11 attacks.

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City Shutters Bronx School After Elevated Levels of Chemical Found

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

City education officials closed a Bronx school after final test results showed unsafe levels of a toxic chemical existed in the building.

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