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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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A Bronx High School Teacher Tells All

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

In the news on Wednesday, a teacher writes critically, but also with affection, about his students and what life is like at his large Bronx high school. And a Manhattan high school teacher faces criminal charges thanks to her inability to spell.

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City and State Move to Shut Down Brooklyn Charter Network

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Three charter schools in Williamsburg, operated by the Believe Network, are slated to be closed after suffering management and financial woes for years. Shutting them down could affect more than 1,500 students, the largest impact of any charter school closings in the city.

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An Alternative Way to Test Students' Progress

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Studies show that test-focused education is not preparing students for college, says a writer. So why not substitute testing for all with a program of test-based audits using samples of students?, the author asks in an opinion article.

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Dates Set for School Closing Hearings

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

The city's Department of Education has set hearing dates for the 25 schools that officials have recommended for closing or for the removal of middle school grades. The Panel for Educational Policy will vote on the recommendations on Feb. 9.

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Why Washington Irving High Must Close

Friday, December 23, 2011

The city's deputy chancellor for portfolio planning explains the decision to recommend the closing of Washington Irving High School. Marc Sternberg wrote: "Our obligation is to our students, and we are not going to set them up for failure by pretending a school will suddenly make progress after years of failing its kids."

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Want to Improve Schools? Make Parent Involvement Meaningful

Thursday, December 22, 2011

A councilman from Brooklyn argues that the city's Education Department is missing an opportunity by choosing to close and open schools without the involvement of the local communities. In doing so, he argues, the Education Department is not only discouraging the involvement of parents and communities in our schools, but also creating an atmosphere where support for new schools is severely compromised.

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Students and Staff Say Washington Irving Was Set Up to Fail

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

UPDATED | In what has become a common refrain in the closing schools debate, students, teachers and parents at Washington Irving High in Manhattan blamed the city for sending them some of the toughest students and looking away as the school staggered under their weight. But Marc Sternberg, the deputy chancellor for portfolio planning, responds: "Our obligation is to our students, and we are not going to set them up for failure by pretending a school will suddenly make progress after years of failing its kids."

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A Sigh of Relief at a School That Was Spared

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

A Bronx elementary school that received an F on its school progress report was among the 47 schools at risk of being closed or phased out next year. But P.S. 277 learned that it has been spared, based on the Department of Education's conclusion that its staff has the ability to make necessary improvements.

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One Year's Flat Test Results Do Not Negate System's Progress

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

In an opinion post, an advocate for school reform says critics who seize on new national data assessing New York City school performance as proof of failed mayoral policies are not looking at how much has improved since 2002.

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Vote Set on Cobble Hill Charter School

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The Panel for Educational Policy will meet Wednesday evening in Queens to discuss, among other things, the proposal by the Success Academy charters to expand in Brooklyn. The teachers' union is providing buses for parents.

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City Says Few Jane Addams Seniors Lack Credits

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

After a week of reviewing students' records at a troubled South Bronx high school, Department of Education officials said that most of the school's 200 seniors were on track to graduate in June. Fewer than 10 students are missing credits they will need to graduate and five students' transcripts require further review, officials said.

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Ronald J. Gorsky: Have Passion for Every Student

Monday, December 12, 2011

The principal of a transfer school on Staten Island says his staff provides personal attention to students that is not available at big high schools, serving as the "mom and pop store" to the big-box chain stores. And it shows in the results. "They should be knocking down the door to get here," he says.

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25 Schools Could Be Closed or Truncated

Friday, December 09, 2011

In the second part of a two-day announcement, city education officials added 10 schools to the list of schools it will close, phase out over a period of several years or truncate in the next year, bringing the total to 25 schools. Last year, the city proposed to close or truncate 26 schools.

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Sadness and Anger Over School Closings

Friday, December 09, 2011

The proverbial other shoe will drop Friday, when as many as 10 more New York City public schools will be placed on a list to be closed, but the fallout has already begun after the city's announcement Thursday recommending a dozen school closings and the "truncation" of grades from three additional schools.

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Viewpoint: Large Troubled Schools Are Better Off Closed

Thursday, December 08, 2011

A former deputy chancellor writes: "It’s long past time to agree that failed organizations never reinvent themselves, no matter how much money we throw at them. The rules, roles and relationships that develop in schools over years, sometimes over decades, have historically proven impervious to change."

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12 Schools Named for Closing

Thursday, December 08, 2011

The Department of Education released the names of 12 schools it is proposing to phase out, and identified three from which it wants to remove some of the grades.

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City Targets Jane Addams High for Closing

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Staff members at Jane Addams High School for Academic Careers, a large high school in the South Bronx near Yankee Stadium, received news that the Department of Education planned to phase out the school for poor performance, pending a vote by the Panel for Educational Policy.

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School Closing Announcements Start Thursday

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

UPDATED | Schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott announced Wednesday at a District 2 Town Hall meeting that the Education Department will reveal within the next two days which of the city's struggling schools it will close.

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Between State-City Tensions Lie Plans to Improve Schools

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Part of the recent tension between Albany and city officials is about how the city is using almost $60 million in federal grants to improve 44 struggling schools. The city has a plan to help the schools, spelled out in a 2,300-page document.

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