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War of Words Escalates over Eval Deal

Friday, January 04, 2013

The teachers union is ratcheting up its dispute with the mayor over teacher evaluations, by airing a new television spot that accuses Bloomberg of being the obstacle. The two sides must reach a deal in less than two weeks, or the city will lose $250 million in state aid.

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Union-Run Charter School In Fight for Survival

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

A charter school run by the teachers union is at risk of being closed next year, because of poor test scores. The school's low report card puts it in an awkward situation, because it was opened five years ago to prove charters and unions can work together.

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Test Scores Do Not Lead To Better Teachers

Friday, October 19, 2012

The principal of the High School of Telecommunication Arts and Technology in Brooklyn argues that any new teacher evaluation system needs to include training and not merely rely on student scores.

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Hollywood Film Puts Teachers on Defensive

Sunday, September 16, 2012

As schools in Chicago remain closed Monday, and the teacher's strike stretches into a second week, the brutal landscape of education politics is laid bare for all to see. Add to the mix a Hollywood movie that seems to blame the teachers' union for failing schools, and it's easy to understand why teachers may feel defensive.

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The Chicago Teachers Strike

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Ester Fuchs, professor of international and public affairs and political science at School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University and former advisor to Mayor Bloomberg, explains what the Chicago teachers strike tells us about the national conversation about education, and what it means for New York City teachers.

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City Provides $18 Million for 24 Schools it Wanted to Overhaul

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Two weeks before the start of the new school year, the city has freed up $18 million for 24 schools it had wanted to reshape before being blocked by a court. But the funding is just about half as much as the schools would have gotten under the original plan.

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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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Turnaround Schools Revert to Old Names

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

After months of pushing for an overhaul of 24 struggling schools, the city has taken the pragmatic step of telling principals what they need to do to ensure a smooth start of the school year, including keeping the old school names.

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City and Unions Head to Court Over 24 School Closings

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The Bloomberg administration plans to tell a state judge on Tuesday that an arbitrator exceeded his authority when he found the city must hire back thousands of teachers at 24 struggling schools. But with less than two months to go before school starts, the city's decision to appeal means uncertainty and confusion among affected teachers and administrators.

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New Pro-Union Group Jumps Into Mayoral Race

Friday, May 18, 2012

While they are duking it out with the city at the policy level, the public school unions are also hoping to kick it up on the political front, as part of a new coalition, New Yorkers for Great Public Schools, that plans to weigh in on the 2013 mayoral race. The group was formed to counter StudentsFirstNY, which has said it will inject $10 million a year, raised from hedge fund managers and venture capitalists, into the race to press for more policies like those adopted under Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.

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Legal Rulings Favor Teachers' Union

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The United Federation of Teachers came away with two legal victories on Monday. One orders the city to go to mediation to establish a teacher evaluation system at 33 struggling schools. The second ends a long-simmering dispute at the Sisulu-Walker Charter School of Harlem by certifying the union as the official bargaining agent for the school.

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City Freezes Hiring at 24 Struggling Schools Until Hearing Next Week

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Education officials say they will not make personnel decisions at 24 schools scheduled to be closed and reopened this summer, until a court hearing next week. Unions representing the city's teachers and principals claim that the city's plan to replace staff members at the schools violates their contracts, and they are seeking a restraining order so an arbitrator can have time to rule on their complaints.

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More Reserve Teachers Finding Permanent Jobs

Monday, April 23, 2012

The number of New York City teachers without a permanent assignment is at its lowest point in several years, solidifying the faith of city and union officials in an agreement on the teacher reserve pool implemented at the beginning of the school year.

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Walcott, Turnaround Schools, Teacher Evaluations

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

WNYC's "The Brian Lehrer Show" used Spring Break to catch up on the latest education news.

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Teachers Accused of Sexual Misconduct Still Teaching

Friday, April 06, 2012

The New York Times has a disturbing report related to something that seems to be an epidemic so far this year: school staff members' sexual conduct with students. The report cites 16 cases in which teachers had inappropriate conduct with students, and in most cases are still teaching.

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The City and the Union Talk Teacher Evaluations, Again

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

The two sides met on Tuesday, hours after the union asked the state’s labor review board to intervene. There was no progress and Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott criticized union leader Michael Mulgrew for not attending.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Teacher Evaluation System Announced

Friday, February 17, 2012

Michael Mulgrew, president of the United Federation of Teachers in New York, discusses how New York State education officials and teachers' unions came to a compromise and how teacher evaluations will be done.

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Judge Orders Rehiring of Teacher

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

A teacher who lost her job and exhausted her appeals process convinced a state judge that she was unfairly dismissed. The city was ordered to rehire her and to pay back wages, but it says it does not have to act yet, because it's considering an appeal.

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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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A Focus on Teachers and Teaching

Monday, January 23, 2012

UPDATED | Teachers, teachers, teachers. This was the focus of the education news in the city this weekend, from reports that the state is closer to an evaluation system to a touching account in an opinion column about how one teacher changed the life of one troubled student.

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