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Newark Teacher's Union Fights $30 Million Grant

Thursday, October 03, 2013

WNYC

Newark schools are at risk of losing up to $30 million in federal money from the district's  Race to the Top grant.

The Newark Teacher’s Union supported the application last year but now Newark Schools Superintendent Cami Anderson says the union is the only one of the required groups that hasn't signed on.

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Schoolbook

Panel Debates Bloomberg's School Reforms

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

A frank assessment of the Bloomberg legacy and what awaits the next mayor were the highlights of a breakfast panel hosted by City & State and SchoolBook. You can hear it here.

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Letter to Obama: Fix Race to the Top, Please

Friday, November 16, 2012

An education consultant urges newly re-elected President Obama to overhaul Race to the Top federal guidelines so they emphasize great teaching and individuals over metrics and test scores.

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Schoolbook

Four Questions That The Candidates Should Answer

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The founder of Turnaround for Children says Mitt Romney and Barack Obama need to speak up on the issue of public education, and she's got questions she wants answered.

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Schoolbook

In Race for President, No Clear Winner for Education

Friday, October 05, 2012

The director of the Principals Academy at Teachers College looks at the presidential candidates through the prism of education and doesn't find much that he likes.

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Schoolbook

City and Unions Head to Court Over 24 School Closings

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The Bloomberg administration plans to tell a state judge on Tuesday that an arbitrator exceeded his authority when he found the city must hire back thousands of teachers at 24 struggling schools. But with less than two months to go before school starts, the city's decision to appeal means uncertainty and confusion among affected teachers and administrators.

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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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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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Schoolbook

A Race Out the Door

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

UPDATED | In an opinion article, a teacher writes: "Recent policy changes send mixed messages regarding the importance of experienced teachers in the classroom. On the one hand, everyone is saying that an effective teacher is the most important factor in a child’s success. But they’re doing everything within their power to push experienced teachers out of the classroom."

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Opinion: Chris Christie Blew It on Gay Marriage

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Vetoing New Jersey's gay marriage bill was his first big lapse in leadership—and it won't necessarily help him win Republicans in 2016..

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Schoolbook

An Evaluation Architect Says Teaching Is Hard, but Assessing It Shouldn't Be

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Sixteen years ago, Charlotte Danielson, an Oxford-trained economist, developed a description of good teaching that became the foundation for attempts by federal and state officials and school districts to quantify teacher performance. In an interview, she explains how she became interested in education and how business has boomed since the Race to the Top program made evaluations a condition for federal money.

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WNYC News

Cuomo: New York Needs a Teacher Evaluation System by Year's End

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Governor Andrew Cuomo continues to defend his plan to deny school districts additional state funding unless they put in place a method for evaluating teachers. 

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Schoolbook

Cuomo Ties State Aid to Teacher Evaluations

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The governor and mayor each took aim at the teachers unions at M.L.K. Day events and pressed for a more stringent teacher evaluation system. But the governor is about to move beyond rhetoric: In his executive budget, he is expected to announce Tuesday that he will require the creation of an evaluation system as a condition for school districts to receive a scheduled increase in state education aid.

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The Latest Tally on Principals' Petition

Monday, January 16, 2012

As the city and state struggle to put a teacher evaluation system in place, the people who would implement such a system -- New York's principals -- keep adding their names to a letter that objects to what the state has done.

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WNYC News

Race to the Top Grants Hit Evaluation Roadblock

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The U.S. Department of Education is raising concerns about New York State's ability to fulfill its $700 million Race to the Top grant.

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Schoolbook

Is New York a Leader or Laggard?

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

New York received a vehement finger-wagging on Monday from the United States education secretary, Arne Duncan, about whether it was fully complying with the terms of its agreement that has so far yielded the state about $700 million in federal Race to the Top money.

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At Regents Meeting, a Protest Over School Improvement Grants

Monday, January 09, 2012

While the Board of Regents met inside the state’s Education Department headquarters on Monday, representatives from the state’s teachers’ union and several of the districts that lost their funding protested outside, decrying the decision by the commissioner, John B. King Jr., to suspend payments on what are known as school improvement grants.

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Cuomo Will Announce a New Education Panel

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo will announce a new state panel to look into ways to improve education, assessing what's needed from a student's perspective. Meanwhile, who will blink first in the deadlock over a new teacher evaluation system? Stay tuned.

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WNYC News

Evaluations May Cause City Schools to Lose Federal Funds

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

New York State is threatening to withhold millions in federal grants to struggling schools without new evaluation systems for teacher and principals.

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Schoolbook

State Education Commissioner Vows More Teacher Support

Friday, November 18, 2011

New York's education commissioner John B. King told the WNYC host Brian Lehrer that New York education officials plan to bring schools up to higher standards and use more flexibility when they evaluate schools and distribute money. Listen to the interview and his response to listeners' questions on test scores, cheating and teacher performance.

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