Mayor Bill de Blasio traveled to Chicago yesterday for a panel discussion with three of his most high-profile colleagues, including Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Atlanta’s Kasim Reed and Chicago’s Rahm Emanuel.
With political consultant David Axelrod leading the conversation, the group acted like a lineup of old friends, ribbing each other over recent weather woes, and joining together to herald the role of cities and criticize the federal government’s lack of investment in them.
snow days or lack thereof
Mayor Bill de Blasio took another step today to reverse the previous administration’s schools agenda, withdrawing nine co-locations approved last year, including three for Eva Moskowitz’s Success Academies.
“If there is one thing school communities should know, it’s this: we’re going to do things differently,” Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña said in a statement. “Today, we are turning the page on the approach of the past. We are going to listen and be responsive like never before, and that will be reflected in everything we do.”
Mayor Bill de Blasio faced a barrage of questions today over his decision to keep schools open, despite forecasts of up to 14 inches of snow
For the lion’s share of more than 30 minutes of on-topic questioning following a storm update at the city’s Office of Emergency Management Headquarter in Brooklyn, the new mayor and his schools chancellor repeatedly tried to explain their call to keep schools open during the sixth major storm in as many weeks.
no fun zone
Mayor Bill de Blasio is attacking school choice and shuttering merit programs in the name of progress.
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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