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The nation’s largest school district is starting to address the community and that is a big step in the right direction. Read More
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A Department of Education contract with milk providers has gone sour, the city’s new comptroller charged today.
Scott Stringer’s first major audit of city schools has revealed evidence of collusion among the dairy companies that provide milk to school children, Mr. Stringer told reporters at a press conference this morning.
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Education veteran Carmen Fariña will be the city’s next schools chancellor, Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio announced today.
Ms. Fariña, a 40-year veteran from the city’s school system and a longtime advisor of the mayor-elect on education issues, will take over from Dennis Walcott later this week, Mr. de Blasio said at a Monday press conference, located at a Park Slope middle school.
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What Bill Bratton, the incoming police commissioner, and Anthony Shorris, the new first deputy mayor, have in common–beyond the tremendous scope of their new authority and years of experience–is one rather simple fact: they are both white men in a city where the majority of people are not.
Bill de Blasio will be unveiling “important” new appointments in the near future, but don’t expect his schools chancellor pick to be among them.
Asked today about his decision-making process for the chancellor pick, the mayor-elect described it as deliberate and methodical and said new candidates are still being considered even as his January 1 inauguration looms a few weeks away.
New York City’s efforts to fire what it calls the “heroin teacher” received a setback this week that has Mayor Michael Bloomberg fuming.
This week’s “Most Insensitive Reaction to a Serious Accident” award goes to the New York City Department of Education.
Last week, five Queens students were mowed down by a car while walking to school, leaving three with broken bones.
The driver, Francis-Aung Lu, was apparently parking when he accidentally hit the accelerator instead of Read More
Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott recently announced that the Department of Education is going to get tougher with teachers and other school employees who are accused of sexual misconduct.
That’s welcome news. But what’s shocking is that Mr. Walcott had to issue this crackdown at all. It turns out that school employees have been able to avoid discipline even when they’ve been accused of inappropriate sexual behavior. That’s horrifying. And it speaks to the larger issue of school reform—it simply is not easy to rid the union-protected school work force of people who shouldn’t be in a classroom or anywhere near children.
There’s a lot of internal turmoil in New York City schools, ranging from budget cuts to Race to the Top to that perennial nightmare—will my kid get into the right private school? The issues are deep rooted, but are put into perspective when a greater root of the problems are unearthed: Where’s the space?
A week after Governor Cuomo and the teachers union agreed on a new, more robust system to evaluate public school teachers, the city released data reports measuring the performance of about 18,000 of the city’s 75,000 public school teachers. Advocates of educational accountability have good reason to cheer.
The battle to make the teacher ratings public was long and difficult, thanks to the predictable efforts of the United Federation of Teachers, which devoted a portion of its vast resources and energy to keeping the ratings away from the prying eyes of parents and taxpayers. The UFT was not particularly gracious in defeat—it never is. Union head Michael Mulgrew said the city’s Department of Education should “be ashamed of itself.” Shame, it should be noted, is not a characteristic we associate with the UFT.
The ratings are not perfect.