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April 5, 2018
Opt-out families respond to Carranza’s statement that boycotting tests is an ‘extreme reaction’
Chancellor Richard Carranza said the choice to skip the test was an “extreme reaction” during an interview on NY1.
December 6, 2017
New York City must move faster to combat school segregation, lawmakers say
Ahead of a city council hearing Thursday where lawmakers are set to grill the de Blasio administration on its plan…
October 11, 2017
Three things to know about the record number of homeless students in New York City schools
One in ten New York City students experienced homelessness last school year.
November 23, 2015
One year after launch, Fariña offers few new details about $400M Renewal program
The schools chief said chronic absenteeism is down slightly in the 94 struggling schools, but she offered few other statistics about their progress.
March 19, 2015
Amid struggling schools debate, Council members praise early changes at Boys and Girls
The City Council education committee said the city's school turnaround plan needs time to spur improvements, but one school is being lauded as an early success story.
October 28, 2014
City officials say they back goal of special-ed data bill, but want revisions
The proposed law would require the city to release a variety of special-education data, but education department officials said the city is already preparing to report some of that information.
October 27, 2014
Ahead of special ed hearing, advocates say many concerns need airing
Tuesday's special education hearing will be a chance to touch on issues of equity, class sizes, related service delivery, and improving instruction for students with disabilities.
diversity of opinion
October 22, 2014
Council increases pressure on city to address school segregation
City lawmakers introduced a slate of legislation Wednesday meant to prod the administration to boost diversity in the city school system. But it’s unclear whether city officials are interested in wading into the jumble of zones, district rules, and citywide policies that together determine which students attend what schools.
annals of transparency
October 22, 2014
City Council members to push city to release more special-ed stats
City Council members want the Department of Education to offer more information about what students are receiving the special-education services they require.
respect for all
September 18, 2014
LGBT students get support from Fariña, but more is needed, advocates say
In the span of just a few months this year, the city's schools became more welcoming places for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students, advocates and lawmakers said Wednesday. But the city could still do much more.
challenging the charters
July 31, 2014
City Council members repeat calls for oversight in letter to SUNY charter authorizer
Since de Blasio’s co-location battle with Success Academy last spring, the mayor has backed off on his criticism of charter schools. But the City Council's education committee is pushing ahead in its opposition to the sector.
Third time's the charm
May 6, 2014
City council members criticize charter schools at hearing, though few networks attend
Discipline was just one of a long list of concerns City Council members raised at Tuesday’s twice-postponed oversight hearing on charter schools.
Change of schedule
April 22, 2014
City Council's charter school oversight hearing postponed (again)
A top city lawmaker said Tuesday that a long-planned charter school oversight hearing will be postponed until May, just weeks after first delaying the hearing.
March 14, 2014
Avella compromises on charter schools to sign off on Senate budget bill
A year ago, State Sen. Tony Avella was frustrated that his school closure and co-location moratorium bill was getting held up by a breakaway group of Democrats. Now, he's part of that group and may need to compromise on some long-held education positions.
January 22, 2014
Queens’ Daniel Dromm picked to head Council’s education committee
City Council member and former teacher Daniel Dromm, a Queens representative, was officially selected by new Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito to chair the City Council’s education…
September 16, 2009
Speaking to UFT, Mulgrew calls for a new contract, and fast
The city's teachers union offered the first glimpse of its contract demands tonight, but remained silent on the possible pay raise many have predicted — and on whether the union plans to sweeten its chances at a good contract by endorsing Michael Bloomberg. The glimpse came at a meeting of the delegate assembly, the union's ruling body, where members were given a seven page list of demands that fell under categories such as compensation and health. Union president Michael Mulgrew addressed the crowd, which spilled out of the room and into the hallway of 52 Broadway, the headquarters of the United Federation of Teachers. The event was closed to the press, and union members were told not to share the seven-page document with reporters. According to several in attendance, Mulgrew lectured on the grim state of the city's economy and the need to get the union's new contract finalized quickly. One teacher, who asked to remain anonymous, said Mulgrew seemed to be pushing the union to reach a deal quickly, before the economy worsens. "They're presenting it like there's this brief window of time, because of the economy, in which to rush the contract through," he said.
September 16, 2009
Winners Liu, De Blasio and Dromm drop by UFT (updated)
Council Member John Liu said he credits the UFT with helping him enter a runoff in the comptroller race. Winners in yesterday's primary elections dropped in on a UFT Delegate Assembly this afternoon, where I am hanging out, waiting for the contract negotiation news. Council Members Bill de Blasio and John Liu, who are both heading into runoffs in their respective races, for public advocate and comptroller, dropped by, as did Daniel Dromm, the teacher who is running for City Council in Queens. Dromm defeated Helen Sears, a sitting Council member, in yesterday's primary. Liu told me that he owes the teachers union for his victory yesterday. "Teachers have a massive impact. They have delivered in ways I could never have expected," he said.
August 25, 2009
Candidates' edu-surveys come in: Green on Klein, Dromm on TFA
With just three weeks before the Democratic primary, we’re pushing candidates to explain their positions on the education issues few are talking about. And now…
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