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April 27, 2018
As unions rejoice over possible teacher evaluations reversal, original advocates say change will ‘mask inequity’
No one was more jarred by a bill to remove test scores from teacher evaluations than advocates who convinced the state to go that direction in the first place.
the race continues
Updated April 26, 2018
Diving into charged debate, Nixon calls for immediate repeal of New York’s teacher evaluation law
The announcement puts Nixon on board with the state’s teachers union agenda and threatens to drive a wedge between Cuomo and the major labor group.
on the run
March 19, 2018
‘Sex and the City’ star and public schools advocate Cynthia Nixon launches bid for N.Y. governor
Actress and public schools advocate Cynthia Nixon announced Monday that she’s running for governor of New York, ending months of speculation and…
October 5, 2017
These 25 New York City schools could face closure or state takeover this year — but most probably won’t
“The fact that the city is being a bit more vocal about shutting down struggling schools may make it seem like less of a priority for the state."
August 23, 2017
Unified against Trump, the country’s would-be Democratic governors are divided on education
Coming to a Democratic primary near you: a clash over education issues.
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
Cuomo calls lawmakers back to Albany for a special session on mayoral control
The special session will start Wednesday at 1 p.m.
rules and regs
May 27, 2017
New York adds some flexibility to its free college scholarship rules. Will it be enough for more students to benefit?
Students are still required to enroll full-time and to finish their degrees on time to be eligible for the scholarship.
a new face
April 11, 2017
For the first time, the state teachers union will be headed by a New York City educator
"We’re going to play a role in pretty much everything."
Raise the age
March 11, 2017
Educators and students help lead the charge in New York’s ‘Raise the Age’ criminal justice campaign
New York is one of only two states that prosecutes all 16- and 17-year olds as adults in the criminal justice system, according to Raise the Age.
May 16, 2016
New York to give $5,000 awards to teachers who get students excited about learning
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a new $5,000 award Monday for teachers who "instill a love of learning" in their students.
what albany's talking about
March 31, 2016
Union warns that last-minute negotiations could put more schools at risk of takeover
Lawmakers are in the final stages of debating the budget, which must be passed by midnight tonight to meet the budget deadline.
rally rinse repeat
March 3, 2016
At morning ‘walk-ins,’ advocates press Cuomo for more school funding
Advocates took to the streets Thursday to continue a years-long fight for what they say the state owes city schools: $2.9 billion.
making his case
January 26, 2016
Arguing for mayoral control, de Blasio sparks a spat over charter school funding
“We hold a basic belief that every single child in this state is equally important,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said.
state of the state
January 13, 2016
Gov. Cuomo unveils plan to expand community schools, urges scrutiny of charter enrollment
In his State of the State speech and his proposed budget, Gov. Andrew Cuomo also proposed extending mayoral control of New York City schools. Now, the bargaining begins.
December 10, 2015
Gov. Cuomo’s Common Core task force calls for evaluation freeze, test changes
The governor’s task force suggested overhauling the Common Core standards and pausing test-based teacher evaluations for three years.
stay the (common) course
November 4, 2015
Tisch urges Cuomo to stick with the Common Core despite the backlash
A week after announcing her plans to step down as Board of Regents chancellor, Merryl Tisch urged the governor to stand by the Common Core standards and exams.
September 15, 2015
Cheating allegations rise under de Blasio, continuing a Bloomberg-era trend
The allegations come as the city has scrambled to respond to a string of reports this year involving academic fraud and grade inflation.
Updated September 3, 2015
Cuomo says Common Core ‘must be fixed,’ will begin (another) review process
Cuomo said he will task a team of advisors to make recommendations in time to direct another round of legal changes to state ed policy.
who's the boss?
July 16, 2015
The state names 62 NYC schools that must quickly improve or face takeover
If Chancellor Carmen Fariña fails to spur improvements at the schools after one or two years, she must cede control to an outside manager.
June 30, 2015
De Blasio blasts Cuomo for making mayoral control a ‘political football’
“An issue that was not politicized in the extreme in the past has now been turned into a political football," de Blasio said.
May 18, 2015
Fariña to state officials: Cuomo’s evaluation plan needs changes
The letter’s most surprising takeaway is that, in New York City, Cuomo may be about to exacerbate the problem he sought to fix through his new evaluation law.
May 12, 2015
Cuomo throws support behind tax credits for private school scholarships
Despite opposition to tax credits aimed at bolstering private school enrollment, new political dynamics — and Cuomo's support — could have a chance at passing.
April 9, 2015
For some schools, a spot on Cuomo’s ‘failing’ list but not in city’s Renewal program
Among more than 70 city schools that could face receivership under a new state law, nearly 20 are not part of the city's "Renewal" improvement program.
April 1, 2015
After rancorous debate, lawmakers pass big changes to evaluations
Despite lots of outspoken opposition, new teacher evaluation systems passed easily in the Assembly, 92-54 and in the Senate, 36-26.
just getting started
March 31, 2015
Budget basics: How evals, tenure, dismissal, and school oversight are set to change
The deal lengthens the probationary period for new teachers, awards merit pay, and makes it easier to fire a school system’s lowest performers.
The Receivers at the Gates
March 30, 2015
Budget deal gives city tight timeline to fix troubled schools before others could step in
If the mayor's “Renewal” program fails to turn around the city’s struggling schools, the chancellor might have to yield control to outside groups.
March 23, 2015
Cuomo’s office: Charter cap, mayoral control decisions likely to be separate from budget
Momentum appears to be shifting in Albany.
From Classrooms to 'War Rooms'
March 19, 2015
Calling state takeover a ‘disaster,’ de Blasio says city can handle struggling schools
De Blasio highlighted the progress at one turnaround school Thursday, and said education officials recently held a "war room" session to address others.
March 17, 2015
City’s former special education CEO hired for Cuomo education post
Johannah Chase, the city's former special-education office CEO, will serve as Gov. Cuomo's assistant education secretary.
the speaker speaks
March 4, 2015
Speaker Heastie to teachers: ‘We’re in a very, very tough situation’
Newly minted Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie told city teachers earlier this month that he was prepared to be their advocate in upcoming budget negotiations.
onward to albany
March 4, 2015
In Albany, two very different education advocacy events unfold
Here's what the day has looked like, from the people headed upstate to rally and lobby themselves.
on the list
February 26, 2015
Cuomo profiles New York City’s worst-performing schools in new report
Cuomo's new report focuses on the 178 schools that he's singled out as the worst in the state, more than half of which are in New York City.
We Got This
February 25, 2015
De Blasio rejects Cuomo’s school takeover plan, citing city’s turnaround program
The mayor told lawmakers that the governor’s plan to let outside groups take over struggling schools is not needed in New York City, which has its own turnaround program.
a different approach
February 3, 2015
In Albany, Fariña criticizes Cuomo’s plan for teacher evaluations
"I absolutely believe that holding teachers accountable only on test scores and outside evaluators is not a good idea," Fariña said in response to questions about Cuomo’s plan.
dueling rallies do-over
January 30, 2015
Success Academy’s Albany rally set to compete with UFT lobbying day
Success Academy Charter Schools is planning to close their schools March 4 for a political rally in Albany, sources say, the same day that the United Federation of Teachers has scheduled its own lobbying day.
January 29, 2015
Gov. Cuomo’s big fix for evaluations bucks national trend
Even some staunch proponents of other Cuomo-backed education policies say the governor appears increasingly out of touch on evaluations.
setting the agenda
January 21, 2015
Cuomo will push to raise charter cap, slow tenure, revamp evals in sweeping overhaul tied to new funding
Gov. Cuomo promised an aggressive education agenda this year, and he delivered.
looking for ideas
December 18, 2014
Cuomo seeks King’s ‘best advice’ on crafting aggressive education agenda
In a letter, a top advisor for Cuomo writes that the governor plans to “pursue an aggressive legislative package to improve public education” and asks outgoing John King to offer his positions on a variety of education issues.
December 17, 2014
Cuomo flip-flops on evaluation ‘safety net’ as he criticizes city’s results
One day after state education officials touted the city’s teacher evaluation results as more accurate than results in other parts of the state, Gov. Andrew Cuomo made it clear that the city’s plan did not impress him as he continued to push for a new round of legal changes.
November 17, 2014
Cuomo’s new ed team includes a Bronx teacher and former city official
A pair of special education experts from New York City will head up Andrew Cuomo’s new education team, the governor announced on Monday. Elana…
October 27, 2014
Gov. Cuomo’s commission on ed-tech spending recommends more online learning
Districts across New York should look to expand online learning with proceeds from the Smart Schools Bond Act, but should also focus on careful planning,…
July 18, 2014
State adds $4 million to city’s after-school push
The state is providing more than $4 million in additional funds to organizations providing after-school programs in the city over the next five years, Gov.
Follow the money
July 16, 2014
With big fundraising lead, fewer charter backers gave to Cuomo
Gov. Andrew Cuomo continued to attract financial support from some charter school backers, but fewer donors forked over contributions than in years prior, according to campaign filings disclosed on Tuesday.
June 22, 2014
Included in evaluation deal: language ensuring little protection for new teachers
A proposed amendment, expected to pass at this week’s Board of Regents meeting, clarifies that first-year teachers can be fired for their performance in the classroom at any time—even before they’ve received their first evaluation.
June 19, 2014
'Safety net' deal on teacher evaluations protects against negative consequences
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed a bill that would give a second chance to teachers who receive low evaluation ratings because of Common Core-aligned state tests—temporarily. Cuomo’s bill is an indication that all sides have agreed to a deal.
The moratorium dilemma
June 12, 2014
Cuomo, union still at odds over changes to teacher evals
In a Thursday morning interview on the public radio program “Capitol Pressroom,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he's willing to lower the stakes for teachers by adjusting teachers' ratings, but not to the extent demanded by the Assembly and state teachers unions.
April 17, 2014
Geoffrey Canada, Google’s Eric Schmidt to advise state on tech spending
The state is expecting to have an extra $2 billion on hand to invest in school technology and other upgrades over the next few years, and…
March 17, 2014
DREAM Act fails in New York State Senate, again
The New York State Senate today rejected legislation that would have allowed undocumented immigrants to receive state financial aid for college, ending advocates’ annual push…
March 12, 2014
Boisterous student crowd brings school funding petitions to Cuomo’s doorstep
ALBANY — Hundreds of students and advocates seeking more school funding in the state budget rallied outside Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office, then demanded that he…
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