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August 3, 2017
Rise & Shine: City’s plan to place staff from Absent Teacher Reserve could impact school budgets
ATR FUNDING When members of the Absent Teacher Reserve are placed this fall, schools will incur the full cost of the new hires, without incentives the…
July 27, 2017
Rise & Shine: Smaller class sizes could help learning but often don’t, new study shows
CLASS SIZE A new study on the effect of reducing class size shows the benefits can be canceled out by the way new teachers are chosen…
July 26, 2017
New York City expands ‘College Access for All’ to additional 175 high schools next school year
The new high schools include 61 in the Bronx, 56 in Brooklyn, 28 in Manhattan, 28 in Queens and two in Staten Island.
Funding the ATR
July 26, 2017
Absent Teacher Reserve cost New York City $151.6 million this past school year, far more than previously estimated
Using the IBO’s estimate, on average each ATR teacher received a total of $116,258 in salary and fringe benefits for the past school year.
July 24, 2017
English learners are underrepresented in New York City’s career and technical ed programs, report finds
New York City’s English language learners are both under-enrolled in the city’s CTE programs and less likely to complete them, according to a new report.
draining the pool
July 20, 2017
New York City principals balk at plan to place teachers in their schools; some vow to get around it
Some principals say they’ll avoid any attempt to place teachers at their schools, even if that means obscuring open jobs from the city’s hiring systems.
July 19, 2017
Rise & Shine: State ed official raises idea of offering diploma with work-readiness credential
GRAD RULES At a Board of Regents meeting Tuesday, New York state’s education commissioner floated the idea of allowing a work-readiness credential to be an “end to…
July 14, 2017
Rise & Shine: More than half of NYC teachers evaluated, in part, by group measures
MAKING THE GRADE In the 2015–16 school year, 53 percent of teachers were judged, to some extent, using test scores of subjects or students they did…
July 11, 2017
Critics call NY state’s plans to rate schools based on racial, ethnic group performance ‘dangerous’ and ‘confusing’
New York state’s proposed rating system for reporting on how well schools serve specific “subgroups” sends the wrong message, some advocates say, by creating uneven…
July 7, 2017
Rise & Shine: De Blasio reveals multiple concessions to charter schools
CHARTER DEAL Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a deal on Thursday with multiple concessions to the charter school sector. Chalkbeat, New York Times,…
July 5, 2017
Students helping students: How free pizza started a Brooklyn teen’s career helping his peers get to college
Growing up in Brooklyn, Jamel Burgess wasn’t sure why some people went to college and others never seemed to make it. Now, he’s well aware…
Summer in the city
June 30, 2017
New York City is sending fewer students to summer school but will keep them there two hours longer each day
The city is projecting that for 2017, 16,577 students will be mandated to attend summer school, or 5.4 percent of all students.
June 30, 2017
Rise & Shine: Mayor Bill de Blasio finally secures two-year mayoral control extension
MAYORAL CONTROL The state Senate and Assembly reached a deal to renew mayoral control for two years at a special legislative session called by Governor Andrew Cuomo this…
June 29, 2017
State reaches deal on mayoral control, giving Mayor Bill de Blasio a two-year extension
It is Mayor Bill de Blasio's first multi-year deal since taking office in 2014.
June 27, 2017
A new study reveals which NYC charter school networks are outperforming their peers
The results are part of a broader study released this month that analyzed hundreds of charter schools and networks across 26 states to assess which types of charters are most effective in boosting student learning.
June 27, 2017
Cuomo calls lawmakers back to Albany for a special session on mayoral control
The special session will start Wednesday at 1 p.m.
June 23, 2017
Principal Donna Taylor retiring from Brooklyn School of Inquiry, moving to DOE
Taylor, who has been with the Bensonhurst school since it opened in 2009, will take a position with the Department of Education.
June 23, 2017
Rise & Shine: Mayoral control still far from settled
MAYORAL CONTROL State lawmakers have not managed to settle their differences to pass a deal on mayoral control of New York City schools. In a…
rules and regs
June 22, 2017
New York shortens length of ‘gag order’ on teachers discussing Regents questions online
After pushback from teachers, the New York State Education Department has changed a new provision that temporarily prohibits teachers from discussing Regents exam questions online.
June 20, 2017
State teachers union protests ‘gag order’ on teachers discussing Regents test questions
A new state rule that temporarily prohibits teachers from discussing Regents exam questions online is raising eyebrows among teachers across New York.
June 16, 2017
Rise & Shine: How a brush with death revived one dad’s interest in school
SCHOOL FOR DADS Steven Robles struggled in school, but he recently graduated from the Fatherhood Academy with his high school equivalency diploma in hand. Chalkbeat ADDRESSING…
father knows best
June 15, 2017
How a brush with death convinced one dad to get his diploma, with a boost from the Fatherhood Academy
Robles just graduated from the Fatherhood Academy at LaGuardia Community College, a program run by CUNY for unemployed and underemployed fathers ages 18 through 28.
June 12, 2017
Success Academy CEO Eva Moskowitz is having a very good week
New York City’s largest school charter network, Success Academy, has won the 2017 Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools.
June 9, 2017
Rise & Shine: Mayor de Blasio forced to defend his diversity plan
GRILL TIME At a press conference on Thursday, reporters pressed Mayor Bill de Blasio on the diversity plan the city released earlier this week.
June 8, 2017
Longtime principals union president Ernest Logan announces his retirement
Logan has served as president of the Council of School Supervisors and Administrators for nearly 11 years.
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