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Controversial Schools Tech Contract Wins Approval

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A contract to expand internet access in New York City schools as well as proposals for sharing school space moved forward despite concerns. Oh, and the cell phone ban was lifted.
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De Blasio Races Clock to Name New Education Panel Members

Thursday, January 23, 2014

A last-minute flurry of appointments allowed the citywide education panel to meet on Wednesday although members mostly used the time to introduce themselves, and get acquainted. 

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Vote on Queens G&T Program Divides Parents

Friday, June 21, 2013

During the final meeting of the school year for the Panel for Education Policy, members voted to approve a new citywide Gifted and Talented school in two separate locations in Queens, but the transition phase will take longer than many parents wanted.

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Panel Approves School Closings

Monday, March 11, 2013

The Panel for Educational Policy heard from school communities who opposed the plan to shutter 24 schools. Many of the comments were directed at Mayor Bloomberg and his decade-long policy of closing failing schools.

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School Closings Face Final Hurdle

Monday, March 11, 2013

The Panel for Educational Policy is certain to approve proposals to close 22 more schools at its Monday night vote. And there's reason to believe more closures will come before the end of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's term.

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Two Schools Spared From Closure

Thursday, March 07, 2013

The Department of Education has revised the set of schools it intends to close. Both Lehman High School in the Bronx and P.S. 140 in Queens will stay open, with some changes.

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Calendar for this Month's Department of Education Hearings

Monday, August 20, 2012

August is hardly as slow as it seems. Public hearings are scheduled almost every weeknight for the remainder of the month on proposals to open charter schools in 2013, and the Panel for Educational Policy is meeting this week.

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City Panel Approves Special Education Inclusion Plan

Thursday, May 24, 2012

A plan to restructure the city’s special education program by funneling thousands of learning-disabled children into mainstream classrooms — an increasingly popular practice around the country — was given the go-ahead Wednesday night when the Panel for Education Policy voted to finance it. Following some criticisms to the plan, Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott said after the vote, “We’re pure, at least with regards to the goals we are trying to achieve.”

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Two Brooklyn Schools Examined for Cheating

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Allegations of cheating at two of the city's highest-performing public elementary schools have emerged, after teachers at the middle school that many of their students feed into noticed sharp discrepancies between student performance and their previous test scores.

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A Final Decision for 24 City Schools

Friday, April 27, 2012

At a bit before midnight, more than three months after the idea was first proposed, the Panel for Educational Policy voted to reconstitute two dozen city schools by closing them, replacing most of their staff members and reopening them with new names. The vote was the end of a prolonged process, a day of drama and a very long, emotional night.

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Under Public Pressure, City Retreats on Cleveland and Bushwick High School Closings

Thursday, April 26, 2012

UPDATED | On the morning that a city board was scheduled to vote on the closing of 26 schools, city officials removed two of them from the list, saying that both could improve without the use of a more invasive strategy. In both cases, elected officials and other powerful advocates intervened to try to spare the school, and one of them, Merryl Tisch, said after hearing about the reprieve, "It's the first thing that's made me smile since the pineapple."

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With Panel Vote, Once-Venerable City Schools Will Close

Thursday, April 26, 2012

The names of two-dozen New York City public schools, some of them among the oldest educational institutions in the city, are likely to be erased on Thursday night when a city board votes on proposals to close the schools. Among them are Flushing High School, which lays claim to being the oldest public high school in New York City, and Richmond Hill High School, which is so overcrowded that its students have overflowed into trailers. But in a last-minute reprieve, Bushwick Community and Grover Cleveland high schools were spared.

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Decision Looms for City Schools

Thursday, April 26, 2012

UPDATED | The Panel for Educational Policy, a city board controlled by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, will vote on the recommendation to close 24 city schools (two others were given reprieves early Thursday). The schools, which Mr. Bloomberg wants to make part of a federal "turnaround" program to be eligible for nearly $60 million in federal money, will be closed at the end of this school year and reopened by fall, with up to half their staffs and, in many cases their administrations, replaced.

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Another Passionate Plea to Save Bushwick High

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

With just days until the Panel for Educational Policy meets on Thursday to vote on the closing of 26 public schools slated for "turnaround," forces are continuing to rally to save one school that many say amounts to much more than the assessment data that is now being used to judge a school's worth.

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At One-Year Mark, Walcott Sees Improvement in Education Debate's Tone

Thursday, April 05, 2012

Reflecting on his first year as chancellor of the city's schools, one marked by protests over school closings and the public release of teacher rankings, Dennis M. Walcott said that, in some ways, the tone of the citywide education debate has improved under his leadership.

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The City and the Union Talk Teacher Evaluations, Again

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

The two sides met on Tuesday, hours after the union asked the state’s labor review board to intervene. There was no progress and Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott criticized union leader Michael Mulgrew for not attending.

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City Pushes Ahead on Plan to Close, Then Reopen 33 Schools

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The New York City Education Department has set in motion its plan to restore federal grants to 33 struggling schools. On Tuesday, it released proposals to close eight of those schools, replace half of their staff, then reopen them under new names, all in a bid to bypass a required teacher evaluation system, which should have been in place by Dec. 31.

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A Call for Parents' Say Over Co-Locations

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

UPDATED | Members of the New York State Assembly and Senate, parents and education advocates called for state legislation on Tuesday to give local school advisory panels the power to veto school co-locations in their districts.

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Amid Protesters’ Disruptions, City Board Votes to Close 18 Schools and Truncate 5

Friday, February 10, 2012

A city board voted to close 18 poor-performing schools and eliminate the middle school grades at five others, drawing howls of opposition from hundreds of teachers’ union members, parents and students.

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The School-Closing Vote

Thursday, February 09, 2012

UPDATED | The Panel for Educational Policy voted Thursday night to close 18 city schools and remove the middle school grades from 5 more. SchoolBook was there, providing updates throughout the evening.

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