Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg
Friday, May 03, 2013
By Beth Fertig
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.
Thursday, May 02, 2013
By Anna Sale
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.
Sunday, February 03, 2013
By Beth Fertig
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.
Monday, January 28, 2013
By Karen DeWitt : NYS Public Radio/WXXI
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.
Friday, January 18, 2013
By Patricia Willens : Editor, WNYC News
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.
Thursday, January 17, 2013
By Tim Clifford
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.
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
By Anna Sale
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.
Monday, November 19, 2012
By Yasmeen Khan
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.
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."
Thursday, July 26, 2012
By Udi Ofer
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."
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.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
By Beth Fertig
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.
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.
Friday, June 29, 2012
By Al Baker : New York Times police bureau chief
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.
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.
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.”
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.