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Columbia's Revised Sexual Assault Policy

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Columbia University unveils changes to the way it handles sexual assault on campus.

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Town Hall on Sexual Misconduct in Schools Postponed

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

A town hall meeting scheduled for Thursday on sexual misconduct in the city's public schools has now been postponed. The meeting was organized by a parent group following a nasty volley of twitter messages between former journalist Campbell Brown and American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten.

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The Week That Was: Appealing a Turnaround Decision, Changing No Child Left Behind

Friday, July 06, 2012

Here's a roundup of the news that occurred this week -- including the city's comeback to an arbitrator's rejection of its "turnaround" hiring plans and the Obama administration's re-shaping of the No Child Left Behind law.

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Conditional 'Yes' on Money for 24 City Schools

Monday, June 25, 2012

Last week ended with a flurry of news, in part because of the conclusion of the legislative session in Albany. But before departing for the weekend, the state Education Department slipped in a decision on providing $60 million in aid to 24 "turnaround schools" in the city. And this week -- the last week of public school -- starts with news of audits of an expensive kindergarten program for special-needs children, and more on the Horace Mann School sexual misconduct allegations. Oh, yes, and there are a few graduations.

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As War of Words Continues, Change Not Likely in Teacher Discipline

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

In all the sound and fury over Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott's demand for more power to fire teachers for sexual misconduct, there is little likelihood that Albany will be addressing the matter any time soon -- or that the matter will be resolved without legislative intervention, given the heated tension between the city and the union, according to people familiar with the issue.

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Queens Teacher Cleared by Grand Jury of Abuse Allegations

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

A teacher’s aide in New York City is caught between the justice system and the New York City Department of Education since a grand jury on Monday declined to indict him on child sexual abuse charges.

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Charter Schools Face Opposition to Plan for Special Needs Children

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Charter schools are under increasing pressure to admit and provide more services for children with special needs. This spring, they have been asking the Legislature for the authority to form coalitions, so they can pool resources that will help them fulfill their mandate. The bill seemed to be cruising along, but now the state teachers' union has thrown up a roadblock.

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Aiming for School Diversity in Williamsburg, With Little Progress

Monday, June 18, 2012

How difficult is it to integrate a city school? Pretty tough, according to the latest article in The New York Times's "A System Divided" series, which has been examining the issue of segregation in the New York City public school system. Also in the news this Monday morning: a principal under fire, sexual misconduct, teacher evaluations and Pearson.

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Walcott Seizes on Charges of Sexual Abuse in Harlem School

Friday, June 15, 2012

UPDATED | Schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott said Friday that the arrest of a third-grade teacher at a Harlem public school, the latest in a slate of school arrests involving sexual abuse charges, is yet another reason to push forward with state legislation that would grant chancellors the power to fire offenders. His comments set off a battle with the United Federation of Teachers, which said the city should do a better job screening the people it hires -- a criticism that Mr. Walcott said on Sunday was a "disingenuous shell game" meant to draw attention away from the real problem of too-lenient arbitrators.

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Walcott Pushes for Easier Firing in Sexual Misconduct Cases

Friday, June 15, 2012

The New York City schools chancellor, Dennis M. Walcott, is ramping up his efforts to accelerate discipline for teachers accused of sexual misconduct, holding a rare news conference Friday morning to again make his case and writing about the issue in an Op-Ed article in The New York Times.

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Chancellor Unveils Plan for New Health Centers

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott wants to open 20 health and mental health centers in middle and high schools throughout the city, he told the City Council at a budget hearing. This comes after more than 70 school-based mental health centers were closed over the last two years.

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New York Gets Waiver for No Child Left Behind

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

New York is one of 19 states to receive a federal waiver from complying with provisions of the No Child Left Behind law. State Education Commissioner John B. King says the waiver allows New York to disregard requirements that were "unproductive or unrealistic."

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City Pushes for More Authority in Sexual Misconduct Cases

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The city is seeking to change state law to give the schools chancellor final authority to fire a teacher accused of sexual misconduct.

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Sexual Misconduct Complaints Are Up, Investigator Says

Thursday, April 05, 2012

The number of complaints involving school employees accused of sexual misconduct went up 35 percent in the first three months of 2012 compared to the same period last year, Richard J. Condon, the Special Commissioner of Investigation for the New York City Schools, said in an interview with WNYC's Beth Fertig.

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