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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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Schoolbook

Parents Show Support for a Struggling School

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Parents and students held a rally on Tuesday outside a Manhattan elementary school in protest of budget cuts and a recent 'F' grade on the school’s annual progress report. Public School 137 is now on list of 20 struggling schools, which some parents see as a sign that the school will be phased out.

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A School System That Needs More Sense of 'We'

Friday, October 14, 2011

A school is built upon shared purposes, and it should be the same throughout the city school system, a principal writes. But with all the governing changes and the forced competition among schools, he says, "I don’t think it is possible to create a shared sense of purpose in the midst of such upheaval."

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How to Be a Principal: 10 Lessons in Leadership

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Effective leaders awaken the leader within each member of the organization, and other lessons from a former deputy chancellor at the city's Department of Education.

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High School Admissions: Choice, but No Equity

Friday, September 30, 2011

New York City's high school admissions policy is overwhelming for almost everyone, but a recent study of the materials available to select schools found the system is almost inaccessible for some immigrant families, an education professor says.

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Technology Contractors Are Accused of Fraud

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Two technology company executives stole at least $6.5 million from the city, the special investigator for the New York City school system charged.

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Two More Believe Network Charters Are Put on Probation

Monday, September 26, 2011

All three charter schools operated by the Believe High School Network in Brooklyn are now on probation because of questions of financial mismanagement and operations.

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School Aides Rally for Their Jobs

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

As labor union representatives continue to negotiate with the Department of Education over the possible layoffs of nearly 800 school aides and other workers, several dozen aides and their supporters rallied today in front of several schools.

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Alternative School to Be Housed in Teachers' Union Building

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

The United Federation of Teachers is leasing space in its Lower Manhattan building to the city for a new alternative learning center for about 70 students. Michael Mulgrew, the union president, said these are students who have received a superintendent's suspension for typically 30 or 60 days, and need to attend class in a separate site with special services.

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WNYC News

Appeals Court Tosses Out UFT's Case on Class Size

Thursday, July 28, 2011

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In a unanimous ruling, an appeals court has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the teacher’s union and other groups that claimed the city misused more than $700 million in state aid between 2007 and 2010 that was supposed to reduce class size.

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WNYC News

Teacher Bonus Program Is Ineffective, Study Shows

Monday, July 18, 2011

A non-profit group has found that the city's financial bonus program for teachers hasn't improved student achievement.

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WNYC News

Calls to Shut Down Staten Island School Until PCBs Removed

Sunday, January 09, 2011

After the discovery of toxic PCBs, New York City school officials have closed two classrooms at PS 36 on Staten Island. In a letter to Michael Mulgrew, the head of the teachers union, Deputy Mayor Dennis Walcott said the measure was taken as a "precaution," and that the rooms would remain closed "until we are certain there is no health concern."

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It's A Free Country ®

Cuomo's People: Who Will Head the Major Agencies?

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

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Governor Andrew Cuomo has named many of the people he is bringing in to run the administration and state agencies. Many departments and agencies are facing potentially deep cuts to the services they provide. Here's the It's A Free Country guide to the people who will be enacting Cuomo's "rightsizing," in order of their agency budget size.

»» Also check out our guide to Cuomo's Team in the Governor's Office

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WNYC News

Advocates Call for More Transparency in Evaluating School Capacity

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

An advocacy group is accusing the city's Department of Education of manipulating data to make it seem like schools have more space than they actually have.

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WNYC News

City to Decide Soon on Fate of More than 50 Struggling Schools

Monday, November 29, 2010

This week, the city is expected to announce the fate of more than 50 schools that could be closed because of low performance. Some of them could be phased-out starting next fall, while others could get federal funds to make improvements.

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Joel Klein: Give Black a Chance

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

I had support and I think that's important, having the people around you who can provide the knowledge and expertise. Right from the beginning I wanted strong people in technology because so much needed to be done in that area. Strong people in finance, strong people in pedagogy. People build a team, and the good news right now is that the team we have in the department is extraordinary and I think will provide the support that Cathie Black needs.

- Joel Klein, outgoing New York City schools chancellor, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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WNYC News

Discussion of Black's Appointment Dominates PEP Meeting

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Mayor Michael Bloomberg's choice of publishing executive Cathie Black dominated Tuesday's monthly meeting of the Panel for Educational Policy, even though the Bloomberg administration insisted the panel was no place for such a discussion.

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WNYC News

Education Panel Meets Tonight, But Won't Weigh In on Black

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

New York City's Panel for Educational Policy meets tonight, but discussion about Hearst publishing executive Cathie Black becoming the new schools chancellor is not on the agenda.

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WNYC News

City Adds Sixteen More Schools to List for Possible Phase-out or Turnaround

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Sixteen more low-performing city elementary and middle schools are being considered for possible phase-out or turnaround. That brings the total number of schools on the list to 47. The list also includes 19 schools the city had wanted to phase-out starting this fall before a state court found it didn't provide enough community notification.

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WNYC News

Beware of Lice this Halloween

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Watch out this Halloween! Not of ghosts and goblins, but of something far more sinister. Before you swap wigs, hats or masks, consider that they could be carrying an undesirable treat. Lice.

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