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the final countdown
March 31, 2017
Hours left until budget deadline, New York state lawmakers squabble over charter schools
Charter school questions are one of the last things holding up the budget in Albany. Here's what you need to know.
take it back
November 16, 2016
One day after sweeping testing announcement, New York state walks it back
Instead of keeping tests constant for three years, as the state had announced, that testing changes are now up for discussion.
a more perfect union
April 4, 2016
For teachers unions, budget is more proof of a pendulum shift in New York education policy
The charter sector is excited about a funding boost, while the unions are relishing an ideological shift borne out in newfound support for “community schools.”
May 26, 2015
Education groups with opposing views welcome incoming Commissioner Elia
The national, state, and city teachers union chiefs praised MaryEllen Elia's appointment, as did some advocacy groups that often clash with the unions.
an objective measure
April 7, 2015
As new teacher evaluation system looms, Tisch defends need for state tests
Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch continues to defend the need for state tests as an objective measure in the new teacher evaluation system.
March 12, 2015
Legal challenge to tenure clears hurdle, union vows to fight back
A Staten Island judge denied the city, state, and both teachers unions' motions to dismiss the lawsuit challenging New York's teacher tenure protections.
January 14, 2015
After court arguments, judge puts off decision in teacher tenure case
It’s now a waiting game for those fighting and observing the legal challenge to teacher job protections in New York. After nearly two…
January 13, 2015
Here’s what to expect as the teacher-tenure fight heads to court
A hearing set for Wednesday could be the jumping-off point for a long court battle over teacher tenure or spell the end of the case…
December 8, 2014
Legal fight over teacher tenure continues
The legal fight over job protections for New York teachers is continuing, as the lawyers for the parent plaintiffs have filed a formal rebuttal to…
October 29, 2014
NYSUT, following UFT, asks court to dismiss lawsuit challenging teacher tenure
The state teachers union is joining the city’s union in asking the court to toss out a lawsuit challenging teacher tenure laws in New York…
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.
state of the union
April 6, 2014
State teachers union president defeated with UFT support
Karen Magee unseated Richard Iannuzzi, New York State United Teachers president since 2005, in an election seen by some as a power play by New York City’s union chief. Magee said she would not avoid tangling with the legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo over state education policy.
January 28, 2014
A key ally of state teachers union criticizes its "no confidence" vote
The state teachers union took a hit from a key ally in Albany today when Assembly education committee chair Catherine Nolan criticized the union's denunciation of the state's top schools official.
January 13, 2014
Tisch calls NYSUT's "no confidence" vote a political "sideshow"
Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch today dismissed new criticism from the state teachers union as a "sideshow" more motivated by politics than a commitment to addressing challenges posed by education policies being implemented across the state.
October 17, 2013
So far, parent group is sitting out dueling Common Core forums
Two sides of a heated debate over the role of testing in New York State schools are rushing to plan a series of dueling forums to give parents a platform to share their concerns. The State Education Department is scheduling more than a dozen small forums about the Common Core, the state's new standards, to replace ones that Commissioner John King canceled over the weekend. And the state teachers union is planning forums of its own in response to King's decision. But a statewide parent group caught in the middle of the fight isn't sure if it'll participate in either. "Until we can tone down some of the emotion, we're not sure we're ready to go out into public forums yet," said Richard Longhurst, executive administrator of the New York State Parent Teacher Association.
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