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Conditional 'Yes' on Money for 24 City Schools

Monday, June 25, 2012

Last week ended with a flurry of news, in part because of the conclusion of the legislative session in Albany. But before departing for the weekend, the state Education Department slipped in a decision on providing $60 million in aid to 24 "turnaround schools" in the city. And this week -- the last week of public school -- starts with news of audits of an expensive kindergarten program for special-needs children, and more on the Horace Mann School sexual misconduct allegations. Oh, yes, and there are a few graduations.

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Now That a Disclosure Bill Is Passed, What's Next?

Friday, June 22, 2012

Now that the legislative battle over disclosure of teacher evaluation data is over, what does the future look like? Some of the coverage of Albany's vote on the controversial bill, which would allow only parents to see the data related to their children's teachers, speculated that a fair amount of chaos lies ahead.

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Albany Deal: Teacher Evaluations Will Be Public Only to Parents

Thursday, June 21, 2012

UPDATED | In a deal reached in the final days of the session in Albany, legislators agreed to a system that will allow parents to see the evaluations of their children's current teachers, but the public will be allowed to see only evaluation information with teachers' names redacted.

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In Albany, a Bill for Mandatory Kindergarten

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Following a push by City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, state lawmakers have introduced a bill allowing New York City to make kindergarten mandatory.

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Legislators Agree to Turn Teacher Evaluation System Into Law

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Legislative leaders agreed Thursday to turn a new teacher evaluation system into law, bringing New York a step closer to ensuring that the state will hold on to $700 million in federal education aid. After two years of battles with the teachers' unions, legislative leaders and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo had struck a deal to put the system in place -- a condition to receive federal Race to the Top money.

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