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In Washington, Mayor Bloomberg Makes His Case for Teacher Evaluations

Friday, January 20, 2012

Speaking in Washington at a meeting of the United States Conference of Mayors Thursday, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg called on the teachers' union to stop blocking a new system of evaluations.

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Bloomberg 'Optimistic' on Teacher Evaluations

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

A day after Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo called on school districts to negotiate new teacher evaluations with their unions or risk losing hundreds of millions of dollars in aid, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott toured a Bronx high school and said they were optimistic they can still strike a deal. But they said they are also pursuing a separate plan to close and reopen 33 failing schools.

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Some Teachers Skeptical of Merit Pay

Friday, January 13, 2012

Teachers call in to WNYC's Brian Lehrer Show in response to the mayor's State of the City address. Many of them, says the host, told WNYC that the idea of merit pay was "good in theory, wouldn't work in practice.''

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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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Both Sides Hang Tough on Teacher Evaluations

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

The city and the teachers union remain in a stalemate over a system to evaluate teachers in the city's struggling schools. While state officials say there's still time for them to reverse their decision, $60 million in federal aid to those schools remains on hold.

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If Teaching Improves, Bloomberg Says Large Classes Are Fine by Him

Friday, December 02, 2011

UPDATED | In a talk at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology this week, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said he would choose higher quality teachers over smaller class sizes: “If I had the ability, which nobody does really, to just design a system and say, ex cathedra, 'this is what we’re going to do,’ you would cut the number of teachers in half, but you would double the compensation of them, and you would weed out all the bad ones and just have good teachers. And double the class size with a better teacher is a good deal for the students."

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Class Sizes Grew Again, New City Figures Show

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Another year of cuts to schools' budgets has brought with it an anticipated rise in class sizes across the city, with elementary schools seeing the biggest increase, according to city figures. There are now, on average, two more kindergartners per class than there were in 2008, and roughly three more third graders per class from three years ago.

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Union Loses Appeal on Teacher Ratings

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The New York City teachers' union lost another round in its yearlong court battle to keep performance ratings of about 12,000 city teachers secret, with the Appellate Division of State Supreme Court in Manhattan ruling that it would not take up the case.

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Mount Vernon District Fights a Charter School's Arrival

Friday, November 04, 2011

In New York City, the public has grown accustomed to fights over charter schools and whether to open more of them. Typically, the opposition comes from parents, teachers and members of the city's teachers' union.

But in Mount Vernon, the local school district has fiercely opposed the opening of Amani Charter School this year. New York Times reporter Winnie Hu writes that the district sued the State Education Department for chartering the school and has now refused to hand over state, federal and local aid money to Amani, so the state has begun paying the charter directly.

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In Afterword, Ravitch Brings Things Up to Date

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

In the afterward of the paperback version of her book, "The Death and Life of the Great American School System," Diane Ravitch continues her crusade against the school reform movement, reacting to the events, people and ideas of the last year and a half. Read some excerpts.

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Bronx Charter School and the Teachers Union Sign a Contract

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The Bronx Academy of Promise Charter School joins a small group of charter schools that have signed contracts with the United Federation of Teachers to let them represent their teachers and other staff.

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New Reserve Rules Upset Teachers, Report Says

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Changes made this summer to the way unassigned teachers are deployed has created confusion, GothamSchools reports. Teachers are complaining that the deal between the teachers' union and the Education Department requiring teachers to travel to a different school each week makes it difficult for them to find permanent jobs.

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Five City Teachers Among Arrested Wall Street Demonstrators

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

City Department of Education officials said five public-school teachers that they know of have been arrested in the Wall Street demonstrations. One of them is David Suker, who teaches G.E.D. classes in the Bronx and said his students inspired him to participate. Meanwhile, Occupy Wall Street said it will join District Council 37 at anti-layoff demonstrations at City Hall Tuesday afternoon, and the city teachers union said it plans to participate in demonstrations planned for Wednesday.

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WNYC News

NYC Leaving Teacher Data Reports to the State

Friday, September 16, 2011

The city will no longer produce its controversial teacher data reports, based on student test scores. Instead, New York State will be producing that information.

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In Poll, Parents Give Teachers Extra Credit

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

New Yorkers’ opinions of teachers appears to have improved in the last seven years, a new New York Times poll shows. In 2004, 22 percent of poll respondents said that teachers were the best thing about their child’s public school. This year, 33 percent called teachers the best thing, and more parents answered teachers than anything else both times.

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Alternative School to Be Housed in Teachers' Union Building

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

The United Federation of Teachers is leasing space in its Lower Manhattan building to the city for a new alternative learning center for about 70 students. Michael Mulgrew, the union president, said these are students who have received a superintendent's suspension for typically 30 or 60 days, and need to attend class in a separate site with special services.

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WNYC News

Comptroller Rejects Contract With Murdoch-Owned Ed Tech Company

Monday, August 29, 2011

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli rejected a $27 million no-bid contract between the state education department and an education technology company owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp.

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The Takeaway

Union Battles Mean Tough Times for Teachers

Friday, March 04, 2011

Teachers in Wisconsin may be throwing figurative fruit at politicians, but lawmakers across the country, from New York to California, are vowing to get rid of what they are calling the “bad apples” of the profession. Lawmakers in half a dozen states are trying to lift tenure and seniority protection, threatening mass layoffs and targeting teachers as the root of a failing education system. We asked the teachers in our listening audience: What makes you keep being a teacher?

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It's A Free Blog

Tackling Football Players and Teachers

Friday, February 18, 2011

Normally, I wouldn’t waste your eyeball energy talking about professional sports players. They represent the group I call The Entertainment Caste—a minority of the population paid vast sums of money based upon how much we consume the entertainment they generate. There is, however, a connection between underfunded teachers and millionaire football players. Both are represented by steadfast labor unions.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Budget, Teachers and Property Taxes - Oh My!

Monday, January 31, 2011

Azi Paybarah, WNYC political reporter and author of The Empire blog, discusses a possible Bloomberg-Cuomo face-off over teachers, property taxes and more.

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