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June 11, 2014
Across elementary schools, an array of motives for adding pre-K seats
Principals and teachers from five schools preparing for pre-K next year shared the logic behind their individual decisions to apply for new seats, offering a window into the varied hopes and calculations at play at schools across the city.
June 6, 2014
IBO: City's charter school spending estimates miss mark, again
The city has underestimated the amount of money it will have to hand off to charter schools next year by $28 million, according to the Independent Budget Office.
June 6, 2014
Principals can now hire new teachers in most subjects, ending five-year freeze
Principals can now hire new teachers in almost every subject area and grade, officials said this week, ending a half-decade hiring freeze that cut costs but also frustrated would-be teachers.
June 5, 2014
With the new contract in place, schools face long to-do lists and tight timelines
Now that the new teachers contract is in place, schools must make a series of time-sensitive choices to comply with new rules or participate in new programs.
No Money for You
May 28, 2014
From school sports to free lunches, hearing highlights requests left out of mayor's budget
A City Council hearing on Wednesday highlighted several education proposals that were left out of the mayor's budget, including funding for a small-schools athletic league, free lunch for all students, bigger school budgets, and restructured school-support networks.
May 12, 2014
De Blasio touts new millions in arts funding, but city not yet sure how it will be spent
De Blasio stopped by an art class at Queens’ P.S. 69 to highlight the $20 million boost to arts education included in his new budget proposal, and to tout “important reforms” in the budget plan and the proposed teachers contract. Still, some big questions remain.
April 28, 2014
Jeffco board balks at expanding free full-day kindergarten
A $600,000 proposal to expand free full-day kindergarten in Jeffco schools was recently voted down by the conservative-leaning board and has led to an outcry among supporters of the program who say free full-day is important for at-risk kids and can help the district meet its achievement goals.
April 23, 2014
Email to the editor: State budget protest coverage inadequate
Two weeks ago, members of the city’s Community Education Councils protested the state budget deal outside the New York Public Library and then marched to Gov. Andrew…
April 3, 2014
Party lines sharply drawn on Common Core, PARCC
During a procedural roll-call vote early Thursday evening, all 17 Republican senators voted for a motion to pull $16.8 million in funding for the coming PARCC tests from the proposed 2014-15 state budget. Senators also had a running debate over college construction projects.
March 28, 2014
Talks stall on state budget deal as Monday deadline nears
With the clock ticking toward midnight on Friday, a final deal on the state's budget remains elusive. Sources said that there won't be a formal agreement on the 2014-2015 spending plan before the weekend, meaning that the state could see its first late budget in four years.
March 21, 2014
Five things we learned from Fariña's City Council testimony
Here are a some changes (and potential changes) Fariña mentioned in nearly three hours of testimony, including new co-location peacemakers and new incentives for arts education.
March 18, 2014
Few tough questions on school construction at council hearing
The education department's $12.8 billion capital plan aims to add thousands of new classroom seats over the next five years, while creating new space for pre-kindergarten, driving down class sizes, removing outdoor classroom trailers, and even beautifying some bathrooms.
March 17, 2014
Shelby County bus drivers warn against outsourcing transportation at first budget hearing
The district plans to fully outsource its busing next year in order to reduce expenses, as part of a 19 percent budget cut that reflects an anticipated drop in enrollment due to the creation of six new school districts in Shelby County suburbs.
March 14, 2014
Judge’s ruling confirms new school district lines, but the real changes are just beginning
A court ruling dismissing a long-standing lawsuit against the creation of six new school districts in Memphis suburbs means school confirms the new district boundaries in Shelby County schools. But the new arrangement’s long-term implications for residential patterns, school enrollment, and school quality in Shelby County remains to be seen.
March 13, 2014
Backed by Cuomo, Senate vaults charter schools to center of budget talks
State lawmakers are proposing a package of bills designed to protect charter schools after weeks of an escalating battle between New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and charter operator Eva Moskowitz.
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