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Teachers Union Fires First Shot in Battle Over Charter School Cap

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Union leaders say charter schools shouldn't be rewarded by Albany lawmakers until they accept more of the most difficult to teach students. 
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Complaints Pile On; Schools Chancellor Says It's "A Beautiful Day"

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Criticism of Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña's decision to keep schools open today is piling up almost as quickly as the snow. But on one point both sides agree: the city must do a better job letting the public know how it makes such decisions.

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Teachers Hopeful About Contract Deal with De Blasio

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

It was billed as a "National Day of Action to Reclaim the Promise of Public Education," but teachers at the event in New York City Monday were thinking more locally: their top issue was a new contract.

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At Hearing, Regents Chancellor Defends Pace of Ed Reforms

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch defended the state's commitment to raising standards, despite what she called "a lot of upheaval" as parents and teachers get used to tougher exams and a new curriculum. But in a rare show of unity, the city's Chief Academic Officer and the president of the teachers union took issue with giving "bubble tests" to children as young as kindergarten in order to evaluate teachers.

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City Sues Union Over 'Rubber Room' Agreement

Friday, September 27, 2013

The Bloomberg administration is suing the teachers union for failing to comply with an agreement intended to expedite cases involving teachers accused of misconduct or incompetence. The city claims the union has failed to uphold its end of the deal to expand the number of hearing officers from 20 to 39, thwarting the goal of the 2010 agreement.

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As Thompson Refuses to Concede, So Does the Teachers Union

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The teachers union spent a lot of political capital by endorsing Bill Thompson's in the Democratic primary race for mayor. It hasn't endorsed a mayoral candidate since 2001. But with rival Bill de Blasio the clear winner of Tuesday's vote, the union is now in the awkward position of hoping for the next best thing: a runoff.

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City Refutes Union's Charge that Teaching Materials are MIA

Monday, September 09, 2013

Despite concerns from the teachers union about late materials, education officials insisted Monday that the books teachers need to teach the new Common Core standards are either delivered or a day away. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Whitey Bulger; UFT Endorsement; Ask Dear Prudence

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Slate contributor Seth Stevenson gives an update on the trial of mobster James “Whitey” Bulger and describes what it was like growing up in Boston during the Bulger era. Then, Michael Mulgrew, president of the United Federation of Teachers, talks about the mayoral candidate the UFT endorsed. Plus: cities may be the solution to the world’s problems; Alvaro Vargas Llosa’s take on the current immigration debate; and advice columnist Emily Yoffe, who writes the Dear Prudence column for Slate, offers advice to listeners.  

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Possible Thawing in Teacher Evaluation Standoff

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

There were small glimmers Wednesday of an eventual return to the negotiating table, as the schools chancellor and teachers union president moved their rhetoric past the blame game over last week's failure to agree on a teacher evaluation plan.

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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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City, Union Hit Road Block on Teacher Evaluations

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Progress stalled in talks between the teachers' union and the city on a teacher evaluation system, with both sides pointing fingers.

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Cuomo Warns Teacher Eval Deadline is Real

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state's deadline for a teacher evaluation deal in two weeks is a "hard deadline," squashing any hopes for a state extension if the city and the teachers union can't reach an agreement.

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Deadline Fast Approaching on Teacher Evaluation Deal

Thursday, November 29, 2012

With $300 million in state funds on the line, the January deadline for reaching a teacher evaluation agreement in New York City looms large. The United Federation of Teachers and education officials agreed to a framework long ago. Now it's down to the excruciating details of how to make it work.

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Hollywood Film Puts Teachers on Defensive

Sunday, September 16, 2012

As schools in Chicago remain closed Monday, and the teacher's strike stretches into a second week, the brutal landscape of education politics is laid bare for all to see. Add to the mix a Hollywood movie that seems to blame the teachers' union for failing schools, and it's easy to understand why teachers may feel defensive.

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Teachers Starting to Hear if They Are Part of Turnaround Plan

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Thousands of teachers at 24 "turnaround" schools are learning whether they have been selected to come back in the fall, but hiring decisions are still subject to an arbitrator's decision later this week.

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As War of Words Continues, Change Not Likely in Teacher Discipline

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

In all the sound and fury over Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott's demand for more power to fire teachers for sexual misconduct, there is little likelihood that Albany will be addressing the matter any time soon -- or that the matter will be resolved without legislative intervention, given the heated tension between the city and the union, according to people familiar with the issue.

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Charter Schools Face Opposition to Plan for Special Needs Children

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Charter schools are under increasing pressure to admit and provide more services for children with special needs. This spring, they have been asking the Legislature for the authority to form coalitions, so they can pool resources that will help them fulfill their mandate. The bill seemed to be cruising along, but now the state teachers' union has thrown up a roadblock.

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Aiming for School Diversity in Williamsburg, With Little Progress

Monday, June 18, 2012

How difficult is it to integrate a city school? Pretty tough, according to the latest article in The New York Times's "A System Divided" series, which has been examining the issue of segregation in the New York City public school system. Also in the news this Monday morning: a principal under fire, sexual misconduct, teacher evaluations and Pearson.

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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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Snow Days in June? Check Your Local Listings

Monday, May 21, 2012

Note to public school parents: Adjust your calendars. Though the rains keep coming this spring, the winter was a mild one, and in many schools, two snow days that were never used are being given back to students at the end of June. But there's a catch: after having those two days off, students must come back to school for a half-day of classes, for one final counting of attendance.

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