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My Rainbow Looms are my voice and my voice will not be silenced. Read More
Former Congressman Anthony Weiner accused Mayor Michael Bloomberg of using school closures to skirt union rules and fudging test scores ahead of his 2005 re-election bid during a conversation on education policy this morning that represented a rare reprieve from relentless questions about his latest sexing scandal.
Still trying to shift the conversation away from revelations that have engulfed his fledgling mayoral campaign in recent weeks, Mr. Weiner spent nearly an hour discussing everything from test scores to classroom diversity during a CUNY Institute of Education Policy Breakfast at Hunter College.
At a press conference earlier today, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced public schools will continue be closed on Thursday and Friday, but will “hopefully” be open again on Monday of next week.
“Schools will remain closed for students tomorrow and Friday,” Mr. Bloomberg said. “However, on Friday we ask all teachers, administrators and school staff to report to work. Friday, Chancellor Walcott and the Department of Education will have lots of things to do to get ready for next week.”
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?
The New York Times editorial this morning has some harsh words for Mayor Bloomberg’s plan to change teacher seniority rules, calling it “almost unintelligibly complex.” Evidence of that is in their news pages, where a seemingly hard-working teacher is, based on the evaluation system, going to be shoved out the door. Read More
As he plans to lay off thousands of public school teachers, Mayor Bloomberg says he wants officials to decide which educators to keep and which to get rid of based on a new, “merit-based” evaluation system, not, as the current law mandates, based on seniority.
But in an interview this weekend, Bloomberg described Read More
Over the past decade, no one has built more “green” buildings than the city’s School Construction Authority. Even before Local Law 86 required all civic buildings to be built to sustainability standards, the department had been using such measures–light sensors, efficient heating and cooling systems, recycled materials, etc.–to build healthier instiutions that also save money Read More
In Public, Schooling
Cathie Black makes the cover of this week’s New York magazine in a piece by Chris Smith which covers the magazine-executive-turned-school-chancellor’s bumpy start as a Bloomberg appointee, and weighs in on whether she just might be the right (sales)woman for the job- if she can manage to sell herself first.
Between the backlash over her Read More
The LaSalle Academy has leased its current building—55,000 square feet at 44 East 2nd Street—to the first New York school to be operated by the World Class Learning Group, which runs the British Schools of America. The new elementary school, set to open in September of this year, will be called the World Class Learning Read More
–by Jimmy Vielkind and Azi Paybarah Read More