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Top 8 Items on New York's Education Agenda for 2015

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Mayor Bill de Blasio greatly expanded pre-kindergarten last year. In 2015, he faces tough negotiations with Albany over charter schools and renewing mayoral control of the schools.
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Walcott Admits Charter School Rollout Could've Been Better

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Departing Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott stands by Bloomberg's education reforms, with one exception. He says that if the city had handled the rollout of charter schools better, perhaps the debate today would not be so divided. 

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Confident de Blasio Predicts Albany Will Support Pre-K Tax

Monday, December 02, 2013

Mayor-in-waiting Bill De Blasio said education is more important to the future of the economy "than it's ever been in the history of humanity" after a meeting with state lawmakers where he sought support for his proposal to raise taxes on the wealthiest New Yorkers to fund pre-kindergarten and after-school programs.

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30 Issues in 30 Days: How to Fund Universal Pre-K

Thursday, September 26, 2013

It's Education Week on the Brian Lehrer Show election series "30 Issues in 30 Days." On Thursday, the topic was pre-kindergarten. Rival candidates for mayor both support early childhood education but disagree how to pay for it.

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Joe Lhota; Syrian Chemical Warfare; Pre-K Education; Dual Citizenship

Friday, August 23, 2013

Former MTA chairman and Republican mayoral hopeful Joe Lhota discusses his campaign and takes your calls about the race. Plus: Karen DeYoung of The Washington Post explains what the latest claims of chemical attacks on Syrian activists means for U.S. policy; how dual citizenship works in the U.S., and why someone (like Texas Sen. Ted Cruz) might renounce their ties to a country; and the future of universal pre-K education in NYC.

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Pre-K, Aligned to Common Core, Still Pretty Fun

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Families have until April 5 to apply for public pre-kindergarten programs in New York City. Schools chancellor Dennis Walcott visited a Brooklyn program Tuesday, noting the importance of "high-quality learning" as well as the 4,000 additional full-day pre-k seats in parts of the city.

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Legal Standoff Over Employee Protections at Heart of Strike

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

As school bus drivers and escorts prepare to strike, we look at what drove the two sides apart. The union claims the city is reneging on a promise to include employee protections in future contracts that guarantee wages and seniority rights. But the city claims a 2011 court ruling nullified those protections.

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State Commission Proposes Broad Changes to Education

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Governor Andrew Cuomo's education commission released its first recommendations on Wednesday, but the governor expressed immediate concern that a longer school day and more pre-K programs would be too expensive to implement.

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City Sets Aside Dollars for More Full-Day Pre-K

Monday, September 24, 2012

The city plans to expand its full-day pre-kindergarten program next school year, as demand for the half-day option wanes. The city will match state funding with $20 million dollars to add 4,000 full-day seats. It also will open an early childhood center in Brownsville, Brooklyn for children under the age of five.

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Audit Questions Use of Money for Preschools

Friday, October 14, 2011

New York City is failing to take advantage of all of the money allocated by the state for prekindergarten programs, according to an audit by City Comptroller John C. Liu.

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To Track or Not to Track: The Question Resurfaces

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

A new study raises fresh questions about a familiar issue: Are we giving top students short shrift? Yes, it is the old debate over tracking, and in light of the study's finding that top students "struggle to maintain their elite performance over the years," Room for Debate asks six experts their opinions. Surprisingly, given the ferocity and length of the educational battle, most of them favor some differentiated learning, but with caveats and twists.

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