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Bloomberg Outlines Tight Education Budget

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

With no deal on teacher evaluations, Mayor Michael Bloomberg presented a new budget that eliminates 2500 teaching positions, after school programs, books and other classroom supplies.

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Bloomberg Predicts Job Cuts for Teachers

Monday, January 28, 2013

Mayor Bloomberg took his arguments against short-term teacher evaluation deals on the road, telling Albany lawmakers that other school districts were willing to make one- or two-year deals because “everybody else is just interested in getting the money and committing what I would call fraud.” He expected New York City principals to eliminate teachers and other staff positions if more state money is withheld.

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More Schools Are Not Poor, Not Rich, Just Squeezed

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

About 87 schools in New York City are caught in a squeeze where more than half of their students — but fewer than 60 percent — are considered poor, putting them just shy of qualification for federal Title 1 money. Like P.S. 9 in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, 32 other schools in the next two years will be scrambling to deal with a loss of Title 1 money for services like teachers, aides, literacy programs and basic supplies.

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Public School Parents Resent, and Worry About, Pervasive Fund-Raising

Monday, June 04, 2012

When SchoolBook asked parents to tell us how much they spend on their child's public school education, many wrote in to say they felt “nickeled and dimed.” One mother said she resented being asked to bridge the gap between the city’s “spartan budget” and her own wishes for her children. Others railed against the inequities so much reliance on parent money is causing in a system where so many students live at or below the poverty level. The latest in a series on the rising cost of public school.

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Bloomberg Budget Calls for More Teachers This Fall, Not Less

Thursday, May 03, 2012

After losing roughly 5,300 public school teachers to budget cuts over the last several years and watching class sizes rise, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced on Thursday that he plans to reverse course by providing money to hire more teachers.

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How a Photo of Joel Klein Saved a Teacher's Job

Monday, April 09, 2012

The city wanted to fire a Washington Heights music teacher, Michael Dalton, for inappropriately holding three third-grade boys in his lap, The Times reports. But then Mr. Dalton, 48, presented a novel -- and successful -- defense: a photo of Joel I. Klein, the schools chancellor at the time, who also appeared to have children sitting in his lap. An arbitrator returned him to the classroom.

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Schools Will Be Protected From Cuts Next Year, Walcott Says

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

After years of painful cuts and threats of teacher layoffs, city officials on Tuesday laid out a decidedly more optimistic portrait of financing for city schools next year, saying they expected that principals would have enough money in their budgets to retain most of their teachers and other school employees.

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Districts Moving Against 'Pink Slime'

Monday, March 26, 2012

Even as the United States Department of Agriculture says it will begin offering schools alternatives to products that contain so-called "pink slime," an ammonia-based filler for ground beef, parents are pressing school districts around the country to stop serving the products now -- and some school districts are responding, The New York Times reported this weekend.

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Shrinking School Budgets Have Parents Filling the Gaps

Friday, March 23, 2012

Parents who are responding to a SchoolBook survey are ticking off their expenses: Overnight trips. After-school programs. School photos. And of course glue sticks and disinfecting wipes. To top it all off, many parents say, they are being asked for a "suggested" contribution to the school fund or to the PTA, or a donation to the school fund-raiser, which can run into thousands of dollars. What are you paying for? Respond to our survey.

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Out-of-School Time Program Faces Deep Cuts

Monday, December 12, 2011

An after-school program started under Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg in 2005 is facing a budget cut of more than 20 percent, which some people say could cut nearly in half the number of seats for children next year. A reduction in city financing is coming even as costs for each child are going up.

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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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What Do You Think of Walcott's Parent Involvement Plan?

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott has unveiled a plan to increase parents' involvement in their children's education, proposing creation of a parent academy and greater powers for parent coordinators, among other measures. What do you think of his plan? What do you think the city needs to do to get parents more involved? Share information and ideas on SchoolBook.

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A Mobile Game Puts New York City Teachers in Hero's Tights

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Faster than a student sprinting to class. Able to leap tall budget hurdles in a single bound. It's a bird, it's a plane, it's a city teacher superhero! Available at a mobile device near you.

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Larger Class Sizes Ahead, Walcott Warns

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

In his opening statement at a town hall-style meeting in the Bronx, Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott noted his department’s serious budget constraints, including a new round of cuts that will reduce school financing by millions of dollars.

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City Must Focus on English Language Learners

Thursday, October 13, 2011

A neglected segment of the city school population, English language learners, finally received some attention Wednesday, with the state's announcement of the city's 31-page plan to improve services. Meanwhile, the effects of last week's school layoffs are beginning to emerge.

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Heated Debate at Council Hearing Over Layoffs

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Called before the City Council on Tuesday to explain the reasons behind the layoffs of 672 school-support workers, Schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott came armed with dates and facts to back his claims that the layoffs should not have come as a surprise to anyone.

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This Time Layoffs Mean Layoffs

Sunday, October 09, 2011

The principals who made the cuts at their individual schools didn't know for sure the workers they laid off would be out of a job because in years past money was found to save them. But that's not the case this year. Hear the full conversation on WNYC.

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Union Holds a Protest, but Layoffs Take Effect

Friday, October 07, 2011

In spite of a last-minute rally on Friday by District Council 37, the union representing nearly 700 public school employees, by the end of the day the city had decided to lay off most of them, which included school aides, parent coordinators and community associates.

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How We Got Here: Countdown to the Layoffs

Friday, October 07, 2011

Parent and community coordinators, family workers and school aides are expected to lose their jobs on Friday, in the largest layoff at a single agency since Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg took office in 2002. Here are the decisions and events that brought the city to this moment.

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Who Will Be at Friday's 11th-Hour Layoffs Protest?

Friday, October 07, 2011

A noon rally at City Hall may or may not include other unions that have publicly supported District Council 37. Neither the United Federation of Teachers nor the Council of School Supervisors and Administrators has yet said it would be there.

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