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New York Budget Increases School Funding, Amends Teacher Eval Rules

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

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Under deadline pressure, Democrats in Albany reluctantly agreed to a deal on how teachers are evaluated despite opposition from educators and policy makers across the state.
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Schoolbook

Education Lobby Day in Albany Brings Out Two Sides

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

The city's teachers union sees the solution in more funding for traditional public schools. Charter school proponents want alternatives.
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Union Claims Weak Teachers Are Shown the Door

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

With teacher tenure under scrutiny, the New York City teachers union claimed more teachers leave the system because of disciplinary action than previously reported, even if few teachers are actually fired.

 

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The Takeaway

The Beginning of the End of Teacher Tenure?

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

A Los Angeles judge has ruled that California's teacher tenure and teacher dismissal laws are unconstitutional. Michelle Rhee, founder and CEO of Students First, the organization that funded the challenge to California's teacher tenure laws, discusses the possible national implications of the case.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

NYC's Looming Contracts, and Retroactive Pay

Thursday, February 06, 2014

James Parrot, Deputy Director and Chief Economist at the Fiscal Policy Institute, discusses the municipal labor contract negotiations and whether teachers and other unions are all clamoring for the same pot of money.

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Education Commissioner Opts for Private Meetings After Heckling

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

New York's top education official has taken his road show promoting new Common Core learning standards private. After facing tough crowds and getting heckled last week, King has met with educators behind closed doors.

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Teachers Union Looking Forward to a "Friend" in Mayor's Office

Thursday, April 25, 2013

A series reported by Gotham Schools and the Hechinger Report offers context and analysis of the United Federation of Teachers, as its leaders face their own re-election prospects and the race for a new mayor. Hear our interview with one of the editors of the series.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Debating Newark School Reform

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Wednesday night at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Brian Lehrer moderated a community forum on school reform issues in Newark and throughout the state of New Jersey. On today's show, hear analysis of the conversation from New Jersey Public Radio's Nancy Solomon and John Mooney of NJ Spotlight.

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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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Failed Evaluation Talks Widely Denounced

Friday, January 18, 2013

The failure of the city and the teachers' union to reach a deal Thursday on a teacher evaluation plan drew criticism from stakeholders and observers nearly across the ideological and political spectrum.

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UFT and City Fail to Reach Evaluation Deal

Thursday, January 17, 2013

The teachers' union and the city walked away from a deal they both say was essentially hammered out. As a result, city schools face more budget cuts.

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Teacher Evaluation Talks to Continue Over Weekend

Friday, January 11, 2013

With time running out, the Bloomberg administration and the teachers union have cleared their schedules to continue negotiations on getting a teacher evaluation deal in place by the state's deadline of next Thursday.

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City Teachers Pledge $1B in Sandy Rebuilding

Friday, December 14, 2012

New York City’s teachers' pension fund will put $1 billion towards financing construction and repair projects for city roads, bridges, and homes, President Bill Clinton among others announced the unusual arrangement on Thursday.

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Union: Special Ed Reforms Worsen Overcrowding

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

According to the annual survey of class size conducted by the teachers' union, there were 670 schools with overcrowded general education classes in the city in the first weeks of school, up from 660 last year. The number of overcrowded special education classes more than doubled.

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Schoolbook

School Yard Politics: A Guide to Who's Playing

Monday, September 17, 2012

Education is always a political issue in New York City. The public schools are run by the mayor, and the city has a strong and powerful teachers union. There are also a few other well-organized groups that are pushing for different education reforms. We've made a guide to who's who in schoolyard politics.

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Schoolbook

City Teachers Deserve Decent Evaluation System Now

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

A former teacher argues for a "comprehensive" evaluation system that would give educators real feedback on their work based on several factors, including students’ test scores, classroom observations and peer reviews.

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Fuchs: Teachers and Unions On the Defensive

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

A former advisor to Mayor Bloomberg warned against demonizing teachers in the battle for teacher evaluation systems, better work conditions, and job security. She also cautioned teachers not to dig in their heels against all changes. And the comments came rolling in.

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Chicago Strike Mirrors National Debate

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The teachers' strike in Chicago has put the strongly held and competing views of education reform into the national headlines. SchoolBook sets the scene ahead of an on-air conversation later this morning about what the strike may mean for New York City teachers.

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Stuyvesant Principal to Step Down

Friday, August 03, 2012

Stanley Teitel, the principal of Stuyvesant, will step down Sept. 1, the Education Department announced Friday afternoon. Officials provided few details on the resignation, but said a replacement would be named early next week. Meanwhile, summer school wrapped up this week. And the 24 schools ensnared in the turnaround fight between the unions and the city were told to focus on a smooth start in September. This, and a Twitter fight, in the weekly wrap up.

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Principal Grapples With Turnaround Aftermath

Thursday, July 26, 2012

A middle school principal is trying to keep morale high while working through the on-the-ground implications of the recent court ruling that halted the city's turnaround plans at her school and 23 others.

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