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The High, Low and Lowest Points Between a Mayor and a Union

Sunday, February 03, 2013

Mayor Bloomberg’s relationship with the teachers' union hit an all-time low last month when the two sides couldn’t agree on a new way to evaluate city teachers. And that's saying something, considering the rocky relationship this mayor has had with the union. An audio look-back recalls some choice moments from the last decade.

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NLRB Rules in Favor of School Bus Strikers

Friday, February 01, 2013

The labor relations board ruled that the strike by the school bus workers' union was lawful which means, for now, the strike continues. Families affected by the idled buses are planning to rally outside City Hall this weekend, urging the city to resolve the dispute.

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City Council Urges Mayor to End School Bus Strike

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Elected officials called for an end to the school bus strike while negotiators work to resolve the dispute. City Hall said no. Meanwhile, attendance among District 75 students dropped again, to about 70 percent, compared to a citywide rate of 89 percent.

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Report: Teacher 'Bar Exam' Gains Traction

Thursday, January 31, 2013

A "bar exam" for teachers -- something Gov. Cuomo said he supports -- gets a closer look in a recent NPR story in which Randi Weingarten, Arthur Levine, and others say a national certification test could raise the standards of the profession.

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Mayoral Candidates Answer to Principals

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Five candidates for mayor debated education policy in New York City, and gave their views on topics such as how to better work with unions and how to ease the strains of co-locations.

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Handcuffed 7-Year-Old Sheds Light on NYPD in Schools

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Reports about the arrest and handcuffing of a 7-year-old boy following an incident at a Bronx public school are putting a spotlight how police handle school discipline.

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Cuomo: Resolve Evaluation Impasse, Or State Will Take Over

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

If the Bloomberg administration and teachers' union do not come to an agreement soon on teacher evaluations, the state is prepared to step in and impose a plan. "This is truly an extraordinary circumstance," said Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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School Bus Workers Union Seeks to End Strike

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

As the school bus strike goes into its third week, the union is calling on Mayor Bloomberg to agree to a "cooling off" period so drivers and escorts can go back to work while all sides meet to look for savings.

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Bloomberg Outlines Tight Education Budget

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

With no deal on teacher evaluations, Mayor Michael Bloomberg presented a new budget that eliminates 2500 teaching positions, after school programs, books and other classroom supplies.

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D.O.E. and Unions to Resume Eval Talks

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Despite the public exchange of barbs and insults, the Bloomberg administration and teachers' and principals' unions said they are planning to meet this week to talk about teacher evaluations. One key issue on the table: how to provide meaningful training to principals and teachers in time to implement a new system by September.

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Re-Trained School Bus Drivers Serving as Matrons

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Striking school bus drivers jeered at buses leaving a depot because they had drivers serving in the role of attendants, a new strategy of the bus companies to get more buses back on their routes as the strike drags into its third week.

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Bloomberg Predicts Job Cuts for Teachers

Monday, January 28, 2013

Mayor Bloomberg took his arguments against short-term teacher evaluation deals on the road, telling Albany lawmakers that other school districts were willing to make one- or two-year deals because “everybody else is just interested in getting the money and committing what I would call fraud.” He expected New York City principals to eliminate teachers and other staff positions if more state money is withheld.

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Meeting Yields No Resolution of Bus Strike

Monday, January 28, 2013

The year 1979 was in the air today, as the mediator who helped negotiate the end to the 13-week school bus strike then, Judge Milton Mollen, returned to meet with both the union and representatives of the bus company owners at Gracie Mansion. The meeting ended with no reported progress.

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WNYC News

Video: Bloomberg Spars With Assembly Member Over Education Aid

Monday, January 28, 2013

During testimony before a legislative hearing in Albany Monday about the Governor's budget, the mayor had a testy exchange with Assembly Education Committee Chair Kathy Nolan of Queens.

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Radio Rookies and Youth Radio Live Chat on Gun Control and School Safety

Monday, January 28, 2013

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Join Radio Rookies and Youth Radio today from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. EST for a Live Chat about gun control and school safety with students from classrooms around the country. 

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WNYC News

Local Advocates Weigh Decision to Open School Sports to Disabled

Friday, January 25, 2013

Children with disabilities who want to play sports must be given a chance to compete, according to a U.S. Department of Education directive issued to school districts nationwide on Friday. Advocates for children with disabilities in the region greeted the news.

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Bus Strike Meeting of Union and Companies Set For Monday

Friday, January 25, 2013

As the school bus strike heads into its third week, a meeting is scheduled Monday at Gracie Mansion between the union representing striking school bus workers and the bus companies. Although Mayor Michael Bloomberg called for the meeting, he insists it's not his place to get involved in negotiations.

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Teachers Are Test Experts

Friday, January 25, 2013

One teacher said he's insulted by new rules that require standardized tests are graded by outside teachers rather than those who know the students. Teachers, after all, design tests all the time and should be trusted to grade them fairly, he said.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

40 Years of Jazz at Laguardia High

Friday, January 25, 2013

Alumni & Friends of LaGuardia High School is presenting “40 Years of Jazz at Laguardia High,” a concert on January 28, honoring Justin DiCioccio, a drummer and educator who created the first fully accredited secondary school jazz education program in the United States, and now head of jazz programming at Manhattan School of Music. The concert brings together more than 30 musicians, most of them graduates of M&A or LaGuardia, including drummer Jimmy Owens.

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Ongoing School Bus Strike Frustrates Special Education Families

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Despite the city's efforts to help families of disabled students during the school bus strike, some parents say the process is complicated and they are struggling with the disruption.

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