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Schoolbook

City Pulls Plug on Student Data System

Monday, November 17, 2014

New York City's Department of Education is ending its contract to maintain the controversial — and little used — ARIS computer system that cost the city at least $95 million.
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Schoolbook

School 'Renewal' Plan Marks Major Shift from Bloomberg

Monday, November 03, 2014

The critics were ready to pounce when Mayor Bill de Blasio announced his strategy to help struggling schools, but he insisted it's time for a different approach.
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Schoolbook

Former Chancellor Says Mayoral Hopefuls Lack "Courage"

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Former New York City Schools Chancellor Joel Klein said he doesn't see a lot of courage among the candidates vying to replace Mayor Michael Bloomberg, according to a speech he is scheduled to deliver Tuesday in Washington, D.C.

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Schoolbook

Parents Worry Over New Online Database of Student Information

Thursday, March 14, 2013

New York is one of eight states providing information to a $100 million database of public school students from kindergarten through high school. In addition to names and addresses, medical info and test scores are included. New York City parents protested the sharing of children's information without their consent.

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Schoolbook

NPR: Joel Klein's New Education Venture Sparks Suspicion

Friday, March 08, 2013

Former Schools Chancellor Joel Klein told NPR his new education company is focused solely on developing top-notch materials in math, science and English language arts. "Our commitment," Klein said, "is education only. We have no subsidiary agenda." That said, parent company News Corp. is seeking revenue to buttress other parts of its conglomerate.

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Schoolbook

Saving Our Students from Ourselves

Friday, November 30, 2012

A science teacher at Victory Collegiate High School in Canarsie, Brooklyn says educators shouldn't assume that students will respond to the same teaching styles that worked for them when they were younger.

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WNYC News

Comptroller Rejects Contract With Murdoch-Owned Ed Tech Company

Monday, August 29, 2011

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli rejected a $27 million no-bid contract between the state education department and an education technology company owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp.

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The Empire

UPDATE: Bloomberg gives $10,300 to Independent Democrat Conference members

Friday, July 15, 2011

(Courtesy Senator Klein's office)

It looks like Senate Republicans aren't the only ones to which Mayor Michael Bloomberg is generously donating.

State Senator Jeff Klein of the Bronx received a $10,300 donation from the billionaire mayor, according to Klein's July filing report. We're awaiting return phone calls from the other members of the state senate's Independent Democrat Conference--Senators Diane Savino, David Valesky, and David Carlucci--but each of the other three members reportedly received donations of equal size.

Considering the split between the four progressive Democratic senators and the independent mayor on a number of issues, the link between the donation and some sort of legislative action is unclear--unlike the senate Republicans who have received equally large donations for their votes on same-sex marriage.

UPDATE: IDC spokesperson Rich Azzopardi confirmed that all four of the members of the conference received the maximum $10,300 from Mayor Bloomberg. But he said it shouldn't come as a surprise, given the mayor's past indication of support for the group.

"He's been very supportive of us when we formed and what we stand for, and certainly what we've done this session," Azzopardi said. "Above all else we [all] value progress over partisanship."

(h/t Shane Dixon Kavanaugh at Crain's)

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WNYC News

Klein Asks Teachers, Parents to Find New Ways to Work With City

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Outgoing schools chancellor Joel Klein made his final appearance before the Panel on Educational Policy Tuesday night. Klein said that the controversy surrounding his tenure was a necessary part of education. He acknowledged that change is hard, but asked parents and teachers to find new ways of working with the city to improve schools.

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WNYC News

U.S. Education Secretary Gives Support to Black

Thursday, December 09, 2010

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan is scheduled to meet with incoming schools chancellor Cathie Black Thursday.

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WNYC News

New Chancellor in Waiting Cathie Black Emerges, Slowly

Friday, December 03, 2010

Mayor Bloomberg got his new schools chancellor this week. On Monday, the state's education commissioner granted approval for Hearst Magazines chairwoman Cathie Black to run the nation's largest school system. But only after the mayor agreed to appoint a chief academic officer as her deputy chancellor, because Black didn't have experience in education.

Black's appointment stirred a controversy over whether she was qualified for the job. And that hasn't exactly died down since her approval. WNYC's Beth Fertig has been following the story and answers questions.

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It's A Free Country ®

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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The Empire

The Cathie Black Compromise

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

After an advisory panel rejected a waiver for Mayor Bloomberg's school's chancellor nominee, a compromise is being floated:

Let Bloomberg's nominee, Cathie Black, act as a general manager, and have her hire a senior administrator steeped in pedagogical issues.

On the Brian Lehrer Show this morning, outgoing chancellor Joel Klein - who got the kind of waiver Bloomberg is seeking for Black - said he hired a top staffer more familiar with education issues than he was.

But Black's critics are knocking down the idea, saying it skirts the system of checks and balances City Hall says they're seeking in schools.

"It would dilute the accountability,"says city comptroller John Liu.

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WNYC News

Focus of Chancellor Debate Shifts to Waiver Request

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Because she doesn’t have the proper education credentials, publishing executive Cathie Black needs a waiver stating that she has other extraordinary qualifications in order to become schools chancellor. Mayor Bloomberg has said he’ll submit a request for such a waiver soon, citing her vast managerial experience. That request will then be reviewed by the state’s education commissioner.

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WNYC News

Opposition Grows to Bloomberg's Pick for Chancellor

Friday, November 12, 2010

Mayor Michael Bloomberg's appointment of Cathie Black to be the next schools chancellor this week caught the entire city by surprise. Black is a successful publishing executive, but has no experience in the public sector or education. Opposition to her appointment is growing, among members of the City Council and the state legislature.

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WNYC News

As Klein Departs, Academics Discuss His Legacy

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Did the city's public schools really improve under Chancellor Joel Klein? Now that Klein has resigned to take a job at News Corporation, the debate has only intensified. Mayor Bloomberg announced Klein's departure on Tuesday and the appointment of media executive Cathie Black to replace him.

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New Yorkers Respond to New Schools Leadership

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

WNYC

Here's what you had to say about the new New York Public Schools chancellor, Cathie Black.

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WNYC News

Schools Chancellor Joel Klein Resigns, Bloomberg Picks Hearst Magazines Chair

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

The head of the nation’s largest public school system is stepping down. Joel Klein has been the Chancellor of the New York City Schools for eight years. Klein is a former Justice Department official who was appointed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg. His replacement, Cathie Black, also comes from outside the education world. Black is the chair of Hearst Magazines.

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WNYC News

Bloomberg's Choice for NYC Schools: Publisher Cathie Black

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Mayor Bloomberg has announced that magazine magnate Cathie Black will be the next Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education. She will replace Joel Klein, who held the position for eight years before announcing his departure Tuesday afternoon.

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WQXR News

NYC Chancellor Joel Klein Steps Down; Cathie Black Named as Replacement

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

The head of New York City's school system, Chancellor Joel Klein, has resigned from his position. Cathie Black, the Chairman of Hearst Magazines will replace him.

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