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In Dig at De Blasio, Cuomo Defends His Plan for Failing Schools

Thursday, February 26, 2015

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo offered a vigorous defense of his plan to turnaround failing schools, one day after Mayor Bill de Blasio went to Albany and argued for an alternative.
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DOE Seeks to Phase Out 17 Schools in First Wave of Proposed Closures

Monday, January 07, 2013

The first list is out for this year's proposed school closings. It includes six schools in Brooklyn, five in the Bronx, four in Manhattan and two in Queens. Of the 17 schools proposed for phase out or closure, six received grades of F, nine received a D, and two received their third C grade in a row.

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Schools Try to Shed 'Turnaround' Title

Sunday, September 23, 2012

City education officials say they plan to give an update in October on the 24 struggling schools they wanted to close and re-open over the summer. Those schools are working to improve student achievement, and are eager to recover from the "turnaround" stigma.

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Flushing HS Wins College Readiness Grant

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

A struggling high school is getting a vote of confidence after a very hard year. AT&T; Is giving Flushing High School money -- through the Sports and Arts in Schools Foundation -- to help with tutors and college advisors.

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Walcott Welcomes New School Year

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

School Chancellor Dennis Walcott said Sept. 6 is a day to focus on the anticipation and opportunity implicit in a new school year. Any policy debates or disputes will have to wait until another day.

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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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Nadav Zeimer: Experiments Need Time to Work

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Principal Nadav Zeimer said he is feeling in the spotlight since his school was removed from the turnaround list last year. He wants to prove to city officials that the decision was the right one, and that his transfer students can succeed despite difficult life circumstances.

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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 Promises More Even Distribution of Needy Students

Friday, July 27, 2012

The schools chancellor has promised to distribute high-needs students fairly across the school system. This comes after years of complaints from school communities that feel over burdened with high numbers of struggling and special-need students.

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Judge Backs Union in Turnaround Ruling

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The teachers' union is declaring victory, now that a state judge has ruled that an arbitrator was within his rights when he blocked the city from removing thousands of teachers from 24 struggling schools.

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Question of the Week (Decade?): Are Charter Schools Better?

Friday, July 20, 2012

Are charters really doing a better job educating the city’s public school students than the traditional public schools? That was the question of the week, after state test scores came out on Tuesday showing not only far greater proficiency in English and math by third through eighth graders who attend the city’s charters, but also far more improvement this year.

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Teachers at 24 Schools Receive Status Updates

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

The city sent letters Wednesday giving instructions to thousands of teachers whose careers are in limbo while the Bloomberg administration and the teachers' union continue their legal battle over the city's turnaround effort at 24 schools. Teachers at the struggling schools do not have to take any action in order to reclaim their jobs but Tweed officials want to know who is seeking transfers and jobs elsewhere.

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24 Schools Slated to Close Are Now Planning for Fall, Walcott Says

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott said education officials would meet with the principals of 24 so-called turnaround schools on Tuesday afternoon to go over their budgets and help discern staffing needs, since recent hiring and firing decisions at the schools were reversed in late June by an arbitrator’s ruling. He also said the city would "work in collaboration" with the teachers' and principals' unions to make sure schools were ready for September.

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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 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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The Week That Was: Appealing a Turnaround Decision, Changing No Child Left Behind

Friday, July 06, 2012

Here's a roundup of the news that occurred this week -- including the city's comeback to an arbitrator's rejection of its "turnaround" hiring plans and the Obama administration's re-shaping of the No Child Left Behind law.

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Arbitrator Halts City’s Plan to Overhaul 24 Schools

Friday, June 29, 2012

UPDATED | An arbitrator on Friday halted a central element of the Bloomberg administration’s plans for closing and reopening 24 schools, saying its method for overhauling the staff at those institutions violated labor contracts.

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On Final Day of Public School Year, Stuyvesant Reels Over Reports of Cheating

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

At Stuyvesant High School, the school year ended on a negative note, with widespread coverage of a suspected cheating scandal. More than 80 students are suspected of communicating via text message about exams, and an investigation is ongoing.

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Conditional 'Yes' on Money for 24 City Schools

Monday, June 25, 2012

Last week ended with a flurry of news, in part because of the conclusion of the legislative session in Albany. But before departing for the weekend, the state Education Department slipped in a decision on providing $60 million in aid to 24 "turnaround schools" in the city. And this week -- the last week of public school -- starts with news of audits of an expensive kindergarten program for special-needs children, and more on the Horace Mann School sexual misconduct allegations. Oh, yes, and there are a few graduations.

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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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