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Opting Out of State Tests is Cause For Concern For Some School Leaders

Thursday, April 02, 2015

A boycott of state tests for New York's schoolchildren could have far-reaching consequences, and that worries the head of school board members.
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WNYC News

New York State Lawmakers Pass $142 Billion Budget

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

The Senate passed the budget late Tuesday night and the Assembly wrapped up early Wednesday morning, just after the start of a new state fiscal year.

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Schoolbook

Education Partisans Vow to Keep Fighting on Items Excluded From Budget Deal

Monday, March 30, 2015

The future of teacher evaluations, mayoral control of the city schools and the DREAM Act are still uncertain now that they're left out of the state budget.
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WNYC News

State Lawmakers Announce Budget Deal

Monday, March 30, 2015

The proposed $142 billion spending plan is expected to go to lawmakers for a final vote early this week following weeks of closed-door negotiations.

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Schoolbook

Parents and Teachers Join Forces Against Cuomo's Education Agenda

Thursday, March 12, 2015

The teachers union and a non-profit group helped organize schools across New York City to protest the governor's plans.
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WNYC News

De Blasio to Head to Albany to Push NYC's Agenda

Monday, February 23, 2015

The mayor will address a number issues including minimum wage, rent regulations and the Dream Act.

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Schoolbook

OPINION: New York's Budget Debate Must Focus More on Children

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

An advocate presses New York lawmakers to pay attention to the return on investments when it comes to supporting children as they negotiate next year's budget.
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Schoolbook

NYC Chancellor Challenges Cuomo's Education Proposals

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

For the record, Chancellor Carmen Farina is no fan of giving more weight to test scores when it comes to teachers' evaluations and she isn't shy about saying so.  
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WNYC News

Comptroller Says NYC Owed $2.2 Billion from State Windfall

Friday, January 16, 2015

As the state negotiates the state budget, Scott Stringer says the city was shortchanged $2.8 billion in 2014.

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Schoolbook

Schools Group Calls on New York Lawmakers to Up Funding By $2 Bln

Thursday, November 13, 2014

State coffers are flush. The economy has rebounded from the Great Recession. That's why a statewide group of educators and parents says it's time to give more money to the schools. 
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Schoolbook

Five Education Budget Items You May Have Missed But Need to Know

Thursday, April 03, 2014

There are so many new rules and initiatives tucked into the 2014-15 state budget it's easy to miss some. Here are five education issues we're keeping an eye on.

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WNYC News

NY State Budget Deal Expected Friday

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Legislative leaders said a final state budget deal could happen Friday. They need a deal by midday in order to deliver an on-time budget when the fiscal year ends on Monday.

Jeff Klein, Senate co-leader and leader of the Independent Democrats said they were close to an agreement but are ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Albany's Crunch Week

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

With the state budget deadline looming, Andrea Stewart-Cousins, New York State Senator (D-35) and Democratic conference leader, discusses the process and her party's priorities, including pre-K funding and public campaign financing, and a new chance for the state Dream Act.

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Money Talking

Pensions. Be Afraid.

Friday, February 28, 2014

The looming crisis is getting closer — and it’s keeping elected officials like Chris Christie up at night. Here’s how cities and states are finding billions to fix the problem.

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WNYC News

New Jersey's Pension Problem: Part Deux

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Governor Christie has presented the largest budget in New Jersey state history.  The $34.5 billion spending plan has no tax increases and the largest payout yet for retired state workers' benefits.  The governor called those growing costs a "looming crisis" for the state, and has pledged to tackle it. Again.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

NY Budget 2013; "Common Good;" Cicadas!

Monday, April 01, 2013

For the third year, Governor Cuomo and the state legislature passed a budget under deadline. Casey Seiler of the Albany Times-Union talks about the winners and losers in the 2013 budget, and who spent the most money lobbying in Albany last year. Plus: Jackie Calmes of the New York Times on the latest push for gun control and immigration reform; Christian activist Jim Wallis explains why the concept of "common good" should matter in politics today; and a new WNYC community project aims to predict the arrival of this year's cicadas.

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Four Men in a Room

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

State budget negotiations have produced a tentative deal to raise the minimum wage to $9/hr by 2015 and to increase taxes on those New Yorkers making over $1 million per year. This year Governor Cuomo, Speaker Silver and Senate Republican Leader Skelos are joined by Democratic Senator Jeff Klein, who shares leadership with Skelos. Ken Lovett, Albany bureau chief for The Daily News, discusses the latest on the budget, expected this week.

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WNYC News

Cuomo Won't Take Emergency Measures to Speed Budget Passage

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Governor Cuomo said he is unlikely to send an emergency message to allow state lawmakers to bypass a three-day waiting period for the state budget.

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Schoolbook

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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Cuomo Threatens to Withhold More School Funding

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

State officials keep adding more money to the pile meant to push New York City and the United Federation of Teachers into an agreement on teacher evaluations. On Tuesday, the financial incentive came from the governor, who again proposed an increase in state education aid -- but only for districts with evaluation agreements in place by September.

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