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NYC Changes Course on How to Help a Struggling School

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

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After promising intensive support to a middle school in Crown Heights, officials say they've decided it's better to merge it with a more successful neighbor.
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Six More NYC Schools Land on State's 'Out of Time' List

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

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New York's Department of Education has added six low-performing city schools to a watch list for those most in need of dramatic interventions.
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City Deal to Fix Two Schools Includes Replacing Staff

Friday, November 07, 2014

New York City is on track to restructure two failing high schools, in part by requiring staff members to reapply for their jobs.
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School 'Renewal' Plan Marks Major Shift from Bloomberg

Monday, November 03, 2014

The critics were ready to pounce when Mayor Bill de Blasio announced his strategy to help struggling schools, but he insisted it's time for a different approach.
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To Help Struggling Schools, de Blasio Invests Rather Than Shuts Down

Monday, November 03, 2014

New York City's mayor set a starkly different tone than his predecessor with his $150 million plan to give the city's worst schools help and time to improve. 
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Resignation Raises Questions About City's Plan to Help Failing Schools, or Lack Thereof

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The departure of the Boys and Girls High School principal last week has sparked a debate about how far the chancellor will go to fix New York City's struggling schools.
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DOE Identifies Struggling Schools for 'Conversations,' Not Closures

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Education officials say they're talking with the lowest-scoring schools about how to improve, an annual process that in previous years helped the city identify which schools to close. This year, the talks come with lower stakes.

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Practice Provides Key To Better Teaching

Friday, October 12, 2012

Comparing teaching to performing, this educator and author prescribes a simple way to help teachers improve their work -- require them to spend time away from students practicing their craft.

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Judge Says City Must Reinstate Teachers at 24 Struggling Schools

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

A state judge has declined, for now, to block a ruling that allows 4,000 city teachers to go back to their jobs at 24 struggling schools. An arbitrator decided last month that the city violated the union's contract by requiring the teachers to reapply for their positions at new schools that are opening in the same buildings this fall. The city lost its request for a temporary restraining order on Tuesday but is still appealing the arbitrator's ruling, and a full court hearing is scheduled for later this month.

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City Moves Ahead to Replace Staff at 24 Failing Schools

Monday, June 18, 2012

As the city prepares to shut down 24 failing schools and reopen them in the fall as newly imagined institutions, close to 3,000 New York City public school teachers received letters Monday informing them that their jobs would soon be terminated and they would be put in a special pool of teachers without full-time posts.

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City and Unions Agree That Hiring Can Begin for 24 Schools

Friday, May 18, 2012

The city can start hiring new teachers and administrators to fill positions at 24 schools that will be closed and reopened by September, under a deal reached with the teachers' and principals' unions and announced late Friday. An arbitrator, meanwhile, will work quickly to decide whether the city's shuffling of staff violates the unions' contract. If the city loses the arbitration, its new hiring can be reversed.

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City and Unions Square Off Over Hiring at 24 Struggling Schools

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

City lawyers go to court on Wednesday to argue that attempts by the teachers' and principals' unions to slow down their hiring of new teachers for 24 schools that the Department of Education wants to revamp will have a significant impact on their ability to get the most-qualified candidates.

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For 24 Schools Getting New Start, 24 New Names

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

How does the Bronx Middle School of Academic and Career Technology sound? Or the School of Opportunities at the August Martin Campus? Those are the new names given to two of the 24 public schools that are slated to be shut down at the end of the school year and reopened in September with the same students but shuffled staff and new identities. Incoming ninth graders will learn their school's new name on Thursday.

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A Turnaround on Turnaround for Seven Schools

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Like a roller coaster on its final descent, the city's "turnaround" push for 33 "struggling schools" seemed to be picking up speed and heading toward an inevitable conclusion. But in an unexpected twist, the Education Department decided to give seven schools a reprieve, acknowledging that they were on the ascent and should be given more time to continue to improve.

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City Withdraws Plans to Close Seven Schools

Monday, April 02, 2012

New York City's Department of Education withdrew its plans on Monday to close seven schools and reopen them this summer, but officials said they would proceed with plans to close 26 others. The proposed closings have been strongly opposed by the schools, various elected officials and the city's teachers' union.

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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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City Removes John Dewey High School Principal

Friday, March 16, 2012

New York City's Department of Education removed the principal of a Brooklyn high school from his position on Friday, a decision that caught school staff by surprise and fueled complaints that the city was trying to quash protests against Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's education policies.

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City Pushes Ahead on Plan to Close, Then Reopen 33 Schools

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The New York City Education Department has set in motion its plan to restore federal grants to 33 struggling schools. On Tuesday, it released proposals to close eight of those schools, replace half of their staff, then reopen them under new names, all in a bid to bypass a required teacher evaluation system, which should have been in place by Dec. 31.

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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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