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Cathie Black Emails Reveal City Hall's Damage Control

Friday, May 03, 2013

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Emails between City Hall and Cathie Black, who Mayor Bloomberg nominated to replace Joel Klein as schools chancellor, show a mad scramble to rally celebrities to support the embattled nominee. A court ruling on Thursday forced the administration to release the emails to the public.

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Bloomberg Defends Legacy with Final Budget

Thursday, May 02, 2013

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Mayor Michael Bloomberg presented a $69.8 billion budget for the fiscal year starting July 1 that contains about $800 million in one-time revenue and calls for reduced spending on education. Proposed cuts include $135 million for after-school and early childhood education programs and a reduction of 1,800 teaching positions through attrition over the next two years as a result of the city's failure to reach a deal with the unions on a teacher evaluation plan.

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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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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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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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Failed Evaluation Talks Widely Denounced

Friday, January 18, 2013

The failure of the city and the teachers' union to reach a deal Thursday on a teacher evaluation plan drew criticism from stakeholders and observers nearly across the ideological and political spectrum.

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UFT and City Fail to Reach Evaluation Deal

Thursday, January 17, 2013

The teachers' union and the city walked away from a deal they both say was essentially hammered out. As a result, city schools face more budget cuts.

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Potent Mix of Politics Shapes Current Education Debate

Thursday, January 17, 2013

SchoolBook's regular contributor, and English teacher, lays out the educational landscape in New York City, replete with competing candidates and unresolved issues that will define 2013, and beyond, for the city schools.

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Quinn Calls for Less Testing, More Community Input

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Council Speaker and mayoral hopeful Christine Quinn outlined her views on education Tuesday. She backed many of the changes implemented under Mayor Bloomberg but also argued for less emphasis on standardized tests and more of a role for parents.

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My Check List For Bloomberg's Last Year in Office

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

A Brooklyn high school principal calls for the mayor to help struggling schools by using new data points in 2013.

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Mayoral Candidates Call for More Collaboration

Monday, November 19, 2012

A group of candidates running for mayor of New York City debated which education policies they would support as the race begins to carry mayoral control and school reforms into the post-Bloomberg era.

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The Battle Over 'Predator Teachers'

Monday, August 20, 2012

A New York City teacher writes: "Sexual abusers don’t belong in schools. They belong in prisons, where they can mingle freely with others who share their interests. Let’s put them there." Yet the brouhaha over new rules for their removal is a distraction, he writes: "Let’s move the education conversation back to education. No one needs a diversionary circus."

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To Help Close the Achievement Gap, Address Stop-and-Frisk

Thursday, July 26, 2012

In an opinion article, an official of the New York Civil Liberties Union writes: "Anyone interested in increasing student achievement, and particularly in closing the achievement gap, should pay close attention to the impact of stop-and-frisk practices on the lives of black and Latino students, including on their view of authority and ability to succeed academically."

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Question of the Week (Decade?): Are Charter Schools Better?

Friday, July 20, 2012

Are charters really doing a better job educating the city’s public school students than the traditional public schools? That was the question of the week, after state test scores came out on Tuesday showing not only far greater proficiency in English and math by third through eighth graders who attend the city’s charters, but also far more improvement this year.

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With Latest Test Scores, Bloomberg Sees 'Very Positive' Progress

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

While Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg continues to say that his stewardship of the schools has led to improvements in student achievement, the latest results of state proficiency tests are further indication that the change he has been hoping for has largely been incremental, rather than transformational. Nevertheless, the mayor touted the results.

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The Week That Was: Appealing a Turnaround Decision, Changing No Child Left Behind

Friday, July 06, 2012

Here's a roundup of the news that occurred this week -- including the city's comeback to an arbitrator's rejection of its "turnaround" hiring plans and the Obama administration's re-shaping of the No Child Left Behind law.

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Arbitrator Halts City’s Plan to Overhaul 24 Schools

Friday, June 29, 2012

UPDATED | An arbitrator on Friday halted a central element of the Bloomberg administration’s plans for closing and reopening 24 schools, saying its method for overhauling the staff at those institutions violated labor contracts.

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Over a Decade Later, Still Learning the Lessons of Stop-and-Frisk

Friday, June 15, 2012

A former city schoolteacher writes: During the 2000-01 school year I taught a course about stop-and-frisk and the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. With a mayoral election ahead, I stated that the days of more than 100,000 stop-and-frisks every year may be coming to an end. The students were more skeptical. Oh, how right the students were and how wrong their teacher was.

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New Race to the Top Money Will Support Individualized Teaching

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The federal government will announce on Tuesday that $400 million will go to districts or clusters of districts that can show how they will focus resources on “students facing significant challenges, such as students with disabilities, English learners and students affected by impacts of poverty or family instability.”

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New Pro-Union Group Jumps Into Mayoral Race

Friday, May 18, 2012

While they are duking it out with the city at the policy level, the public school unions are also hoping to kick it up on the political front, as part of a new coalition, New Yorkers for Great Public Schools, that plans to weigh in on the 2013 mayoral race. The group was formed to counter StudentsFirstNY, which has said it will inject $10 million a year, raised from hedge fund managers and venture capitalists, into the race to press for more policies like those adopted under Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.

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