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Cuomo Says State Could Impose Teacher Eval Plan By June

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Tired of waiting for Mayor Bloomberg and the teachers' union to agree on teacher evaluations, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he'd propose a back-up plan for New York City in the form of a budget amendment which would give the state authority to implement its own plan for New York's largest school district.

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Cuomo Threatens to Withhold More School Funding

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

State officials keep adding more money to the pile meant to push New York City and the United Federation of Teachers into an agreement on teacher evaluations. On Tuesday, the financial incentive came from the governor, who again proposed an increase in state education aid -- but only for districts with evaluation agreements in place by September.

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On Longer School Day: Second Shift Model Works Best

Monday, January 14, 2013

A proponent of the longer school day argues extended hours are as effective as the energy and thought put into them. New York should learn from other states and implement only those extended school programs that really work.

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Cuomo Offers Grants for Longer Days; More Pre-K

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

In his annual State of the State address, Gov. Cuomo called for higher standards for teachers, longer school days and more early childhood programs.

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Advocates Say Special Education Bill Was Misunderstood

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo disappointed some religious groups this week when he vetoed a bill that would have required school districts to consider a student's home environment and family background when deciding whether to place the child in a private school at taxpayer expense. In an interview, WNYC's Beth Fertig explains that New York City already spends $150 million a year for special education students to attend private schools.

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City Promises More Even Distribution of Needy Students

Friday, July 27, 2012

The schools chancellor has promised to distribute high-needs students fairly across the school system. This comes after years of complaints from school communities that feel over burdened with high numbers of struggling and special-need students.

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Albany Bill Would Consider Home Life in Special Ed Placement

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is weighing whether to sign a bill on special education that opponents argue would give families more power to send their children to religious schools at taxpayers’ expense.

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Albany Deal: Teacher Evaluations Will Be Public Only to Parents

Thursday, June 21, 2012

UPDATED | In a deal reached in the final days of the session in Albany, legislators agreed to a system that will allow parents to see the evaluations of their children's current teachers, but the public will be allowed to see only evaluation information with teachers' names redacted.

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Reacting to Criticism, Cuomo Adds to His Education Commission

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Seeking to address complaints about the makeup of his new education reform commission, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has added five additional members to the panel in advance of its first meeting later this month. The commission now includes a parent advocate from Rochester, a newly elected school board member from the Adirondacks and a district superintendent from Central New York. The first meeting is scheduled for June 26.

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Cuomo Forms Panel to Make 'Action Plan' for Education

Monday, April 30, 2012

Richard D. Parsons, a New York businessman, was named chairman of a new state education commission by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. Panel members include Randi Weingarten, Geoffrey Canada and John B. King Jr., but no parent advocates.

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Albany Considering Limiting Release of Teacher Reports

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Anna M. Phillips reports in The New York Times on Tuesday that legislators are increasingly open to the idea of allowing parents to see the evaluations of their child's teacher, but not releasing those reports generally.

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Legislators Agree to Turn Teacher Evaluation System Into Law

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Legislative leaders agreed Thursday to turn a new teacher evaluation system into law, bringing New York a step closer to ensuring that the state will hold on to $700 million in federal education aid. After two years of battles with the teachers' unions, legislative leaders and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo had struck a deal to put the system in place -- a condition to receive federal Race to the Top money.

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Brooklyn Student Takes Third Place in National Intel Competition

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Congratulations are in order for Mimi Yen, a student at Stuyvesant High School, who took third place and the $50,000 prize in the Intel Science Talent Search on Tuesday night for her studies of microscopic worms.

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Teachers' Morale Reaches 20-Year Low

Thursday, March 08, 2012

The outpouring of reaction to the release of the teacher data reports, as well as the stream of recent articles in blogs and other publications, has provided a pretty good sense of how many teachers in New York are feeling these days: disappointed, angry, depressed, put-upon and fed up. Now comes a new survey that shows those feelings are not just held by teachers in New York -- nor by an outspoken few.

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An 'Historic' Agreement Over Assessing Teachers

Friday, February 17, 2012

A deal over teacher and principal evaluations was announced with much fanfare, but the question of the 33 schools in need of improvement lingers. And another school employee was charged with sexual abuse in what appears to be a growing public school scandal.

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Is a Teacher Evaluation System Deal Close?

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Local TV reporters were already camped out outside the governor's office on Thursday, the deadline for a deal over a new state teacher evaluation system. The state's talks with New York State United Teachers were said to be progressing, but the city's separate talks with the United Federation of Teachers have been reported to be "toxic."

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Teacher Evaluation Debate Wasn't Always Contentious

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said he would impose his own system for evaluating teacher performance if school districts and unions could not come to an agreement by Thursday night. Believe it or not, there is much agreement on how to rate teachers' performance. Here is a timeline and breakdown of the issues.

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Affluent New York Parents Born Abroad Prefer Public Schools

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The Times reports on Wednesday that, of the roughly 15,500 households in the city with school-age children where the total income is at least $150,000 and both parents were born abroad, some 10,500, or 68 percent, use only the public schools. That is about twice the rate of parents who were born in America and are in the same income bracket.

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Cuomo Commission Needs to Look at the Big Picture

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced last month that he planned to create an education commission to look into student performance and school accountability. When he does, writes the C.E.O. of a nonprofit organization that provides academic experiences for children of low-income families, the commission should take a holistic and kid-centered approach, and "must have a deep commitment to social change -- not just deep pockets."

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How to Measure Teacher Quality? Ask Parents

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

An education advocate writes: Teacher quality is like baseball and apple pie. All of us who care about education reform can embrace it -- in principle. But how we measure and strengthen it is where consensus quickly falls apart. One idea that rarely comes up in the discussion: Why not include parents in the evaluation process?

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