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March 11, 2015
At widespread anti-Cuomo protests, parents and teachers to join hands
Pushback against Gov. Andrew Cuomo's education agenda sparked plans for rallies across the city.
February 9, 2015
Teachers kick off forums criticizing Cuomo’s agenda, though without Mulgrew
As Michael Mulgrew was reportedly meeting with Gov. Cuomo's aides on Friday, 200-plus educators were voicing opposition to the governor's agenda.
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.
January 30, 2015
UFT moves quickly to build coalition with a clear target: Cuomo
The union is moving fast to beat back education policies that Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing.
it's a wrap
December 30, 2014
Readers’ choices: Our 10 most-read news stories from 2014
Chalkbeat readers have spoken: The new contract between the city and the teachers’ union was the biggest story of 2014. The rest of the year's biggest stories hit on the big themes of the year, including the transition to Carmen Fariña's leadership, testing anxiety, and debates over the Common Core.
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.
oligarchs and overcrowding
December 9, 2014
To reduce class sizes, UFT looks to absentee landlords
The head of the city’s teachers union is asking state lawmakers to eliminate a set of property tax breaks to pay for reduced class sizes in elementary schools. United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew said Tuesday that 90,000 condominiums and co-ops owned by people who do not reside in the city should no longer qualify for tax breaks.
November 21, 2014
Mulgrew joins charter leaders’ calls for city to release school enrollment data
Michael Mulgrew joined with charter school leaders in calling on the city to provide student discharge data for district and charter schools.
November 19, 2014
Voters remain divided on charter schools
According to the data released Wednesday, 43 percent of voters support increasing the number of charter schools. Less than one in five voters, 17 percent, favored reducing the number of charter schools, while 31 percent said the number of charter schools should remain the same.
a closer look
November 17, 2014
Restaffing plan for two troubled schools faces scrutiny
A restaffing plan for two of the city’s lowest-performing schools faces scrutiny by state officials who want to see drastic changes and from critics who worry the plan could trip up other schools.
Developing Professional Development
September 16, 2014
With 80 minutes of new teacher training each week, schools set out to see what works
Schools are coming up with ideas to fill 80 minutes of new teacher-meeting time every Monday, even as skeptics question whether teachers and students will benefit from the weekly sessions.
September 12, 2014
Fariña and new head of English-learners office promise aggressive support for schools
Chancellor Carmen Fariña and her new chief of English-language learners outlined their priorities for those students Friday, including better training for teachers and more dual-language programs, just days before state policymakers vote on major changes to guidelines concerning students who are still learning English.
September 9, 2014
With new school year, new rules for parent engagement have begun
At P.S. 206's first parent engagement activity of the year, now mandated in the new teachers contract, parents and educators shared their ideas with Chancellor Fariña and union president, Michael Mulgrew.
change of pace
August 28, 2014
Education leaders urge patience for de Blasio's pre-K plans
Top city and state education officials said they were optimistic about pre-K, but also worked to manage expectations about the rollout of thousands of new seats at a discussion on Thursday.
meet the new boss
August 27, 2014
When not in schools, Fariña spent first months with education's power brokers
The chancellor's schedule shows that when she wasn’t visiting schools, Fariña met with Stanford researcher Linda Darling-Hammond, billionaire philanthropist George Soros, along with a host of advocates, executives, elected officials, and union representatives.
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