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School Improvement Grants

Schoolbook

Schools Try to Shed 'Turnaround' Title

Sunday, September 23, 2012

City education officials say they plan to give an update in October on the 24 struggling schools they wanted to close and re-open over the summer. Those schools are working to improve student achievement, and are eager to recover from the "turnaround" stigma.

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Teachers Starting to Hear if They Are Part of Turnaround Plan

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Thousands of teachers at 24 "turnaround" schools are learning whether they have been selected to come back in the fall, but hiring decisions are still subject to an arbitrator's decision later this week.

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Mediator Assigned in Dispute Over 33 Schools

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

A state panel has given the go-ahead for a mediator to intervene in a dispute between the city's Education Department and the teachers' union over an evaluation system for the teachers at 33 low-performing schools. The city strongly objects.

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Deal Done, Mayor Still Plans to Close Struggling Schools

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said on Thursday that his administration will continue to push for the closing of 33 struggling schools, although the original reason given for this intervention has disappeared. His argument: time is of the essence. And under the new system, it will still be two years before teachers can receive two ineffective ratings, positioning them for dismissal

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Principals' Union Condemns Plan for 33 Struggling Schools

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Of the unions representing teachers and principals in New York City, the principals’ union had played a passive role in the charged and increasingly divisive dispute over an evaluation system to gauge the performance of teachers and principals in 33 struggling schools receiving federal grants to help improve their results. No longer. On Wednesday, the principals’ union president, Ernest A. Logan, sent a strongly worded letter to the state’s education commissioner, John B. King Jr., saying the city's plan for those 33 schools was simply a ploy to shut out the unions.

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City Forges Ahead on Restructuring at 33 Schools

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

New York City is moving ahead with plans to significantly change 33 low-performing schools in danger of losing federal grant money. At the same time, the city and teachers' union are negotiating a new teacher evaluation system, one of the conditions to winning federal aid. Which will happen first: 33 schools get shuttered or a deal is made on how to evaluate teachers and fire the weakest ones?

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At Chelsea Career H.S., Worries About How to Get the Job Done

Friday, January 27, 2012

With $58 million in federal grant money still in suspension until the city can reach a deal on a teacher evaluation system for its struggling schools, the principal at Chelsea Career and Technical Education High School in Soho, Brian Rosenbloom, wonders how he is going to get the money to continue his efforts to raise attendance and graduation rates, among other goals.

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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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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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City Warns Struggling Schools Against Spending

Friday, January 06, 2012

Three days ago Education Department officials told principals at the city's struggling schools to proceed as usual, despite the state's suspension of nearly $60 million in federal grant money they had been promised. But with the city-state dispute still unresolved, the Education Department is now advising principals to hold up on spending those federal dollars,

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WNYC News

City and Teachers Still Negotiating School Turnarounds

Monday, April 18, 2011

The city said it's running out of time to strike a deal with the teachers union on a plan to improve failing schools.

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