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News of Shortened Vacation Sparks Range of Reactions

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Not everyone was pleased to hear that the public schools' February break would be cut short to make up days lost to Sandy but most people acknowledged the D.O.E. didn't have many other options.

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School Support Networks More Responsive Than Ever

Monday, October 22, 2012

The city's chief academic officer says school support networks have improved dramatically in the last few years while saving the city money. Ahead of this week's City Council hearing on the topic, he says the networks let principals choose their peer groups and give them one place to go for answers on a variety of topics.

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Two Mothers Say They Crave More School Contact

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Two women whose children attend a middle school in the Bronx say they'd like more information about their children's progress and more access to school officials.

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Schoolbook's Guides Explain the City Schools

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

The SchoolBook team has added and updated helpful guides explaining the intricacies of the nation's largest school system, which has grown to a total of 1,750 schools this fall. Check them out for the latest on deadlines, rules and a road map to the Department of Education.

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Past Probes Shadow Bids for Food Contracts

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

In the country's largest school system, which serves nearly 900,000 meals a day, keeping the cafeterias stocked with food is a complex business. The investigative news website City Limits examines the city's contracts for getting food to schools, and how these delivery methods can affect what students eat.

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Math Innovation Requires Patience

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

After a mixed review of the "School of One" math instruction at several middle schools, some media outlets pounced on the findings as negative, and declared the program a failure. In this opinion piece, one of the researchers cautions against hasty assessments of educational experiments, arguing that real innovation takes time.

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A Teacher's Lament: The Next Big Thing

Friday, September 14, 2012

One teacher is weary - and wary - of the annual presentation of new ideas.

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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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City Urged to Slow Down on Special Ed Plans

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

A citywide special education plan that aims to put New York City more in step with other school districts around the country by including those students in general education classrooms is causing commotion here, with a growing chorus of parents, teachers and elected officials insisting it is being too hastily implemented with too little information.

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City Pushes for More Authority in Sexual Misconduct Cases

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The city is seeking to change state law to give the schools chancellor final authority to fire a teacher accused of sexual misconduct.

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City and Unions Agree That Hiring Can Begin for 24 Schools

Friday, May 18, 2012

The city can start hiring new teachers and administrators to fill positions at 24 schools that will be closed and reopened by September, under a deal reached with the teachers' and principals' unions and announced late Friday. An arbitrator, meanwhile, will work quickly to decide whether the city's shuffling of staff violates the unions' contract. If the city loses the arbitration, its new hiring can be reversed.

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Readers Ask: At Segregated Brooklyn School, Is It Race or Class?

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Hundreds of readers responded to a New York Times article on Sunday about a charter school in Brooklyn that is representative of the many de facto segregated public schools in New York City. They raised issues of class, condemned a climate that is hostile to achievement and questioned whether more black teachers at the school would resolve the problems.

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Rain Intercedes as Parents Protest Asbestos Removal at Cobble Hill School

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

With just a few hours notice, more than 100 parents, children and community members gathered in the schoolyard of Public School 29 John M. Harrigan in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, in a show of force against an asbestos abatement plan at the school. Some sported surgical masks, others carried signs with slogans such as “Protect Our Kids” and “What is Insidious? Asbestos.”

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Deputy Chancellor Rodriguez Retires

Monday, April 16, 2012

Laura Rodriguez, the deputy chancellor for students with disabilities and English language learners, stepped down on Monday. In a news release, the Department of Education announced that Ms. Rodriguez will be replaced by Corinne Rello-Anselmi as of July 1.

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With Test Week Here, Parents Consider the Option of Opting Out

Monday, April 16, 2012

While thousands of New York public school students will sit for mandated standardized tests this week, only a handful will be deliberately kept from picking up their No. 2 pencils to fill in the test sheet bubbles. That doesn't mean more parents aren't thinking about keeping their children home.

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In Defense of an Accused Teacher

Friday, April 13, 2012

A United Federation of Teachers chapter leader writes about his friend, Eric Chasanoff, one of 16 teachers who were recently profiled in newspaper stories about teachers who were cleared by arbitrators after being repeatedly charged with inappropriate behavior with students. He defends Mr. Chasanoff and writes: "Department of Education officials used the procedure they negotiated, and lost. For them to say, now, that it was unfair, smacks of sour grapes."

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Independent Report Gives Mixed Scores to City Schools' Letter Grades

Thursday, April 12, 2012

A report released on Thursday by the New York City Independent Budget Office said that while the A to F letter grades that are assigned to public schools annually are an improvement over other, less complex ways of measuring performance, they tend to punish schools with higher concentrations of poor, black and Hispanic students.

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Union Sues City Education Department to Obtain E-mails

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

The teachers' union claims the Department of Education is violating state Freedom of Information Law by declining to release e-mails between former Chancellor Joel I. Klein, other officials and education groups. The e-mails date back to May 2010, the same year the city was blocked by the union from closing more than 20 low-performing schools.

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City Revokes Testing Word Ban

Monday, April 02, 2012

Why should pressure groups who won battles a generation ago in other states and regions determine what appears on the tests of New York City?

New York City Department of Education officials said late Monday that they were pulling back on a clause in contracts for testing companies that list 50 words and topics that they should avoid in creating new tests.

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City Withdraws Plans to Close Seven Schools

Monday, April 02, 2012

New York City's Department of Education withdrew its plans on Monday to close seven schools and reopen them this summer, but officials said they would proceed with plans to close 26 others. The proposed closings have been strongly opposed by the schools, various elected officials and the city's teachers' union.

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