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June 21, 2018
In union defeat, lawmakers end session without revamping teacher evaluation law
New York lawmakers went home for the summer without overhauling a controversial teacher evaluation law that ties state test scores to educator ratings.
June 12, 2018
Senate Majority Leader proposes new teacher evaluation bill — but it comes with charter school concessions
Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan released an overhaul teacher evaluations — but it has strings attached that will make it hard for some lawmakers to accept.
one small step for de Blasio
June 6, 2018
Mayor Bill de Blasio’s specialized high school proposal clears one (small) hurdle
A bill to overhaul admissions at New York City’s premier high schools passed the Assembly education committee — but debate over the controversial plan has just begun.
let the games begin
June 4, 2018
In Albany circus, can Mayor Bill de Blasio get specialized high school legislation passed?
Experts and politicians agree that, with less than a month left in the legislative session, the change is unlikely to happen this year but it could happen next year.
one chamber down
May 2, 2018
The Assembly passed a new teacher evaluation plan. Here’s how it may — and may not — impact New York City
If the bill clears the legislature, little will likely change for New York City educators.
May 1, 2018
‘You’re going to see a lot of me’: Carranza promises to be a presence among Albany lawmakers
Carranza traveled to New York’s capital to attend the state’s Senate and Assembly education committee meetings.
let the games begin
Updated April 27, 2018
Here’s where the key players stand in New York’s renewed teacher evaluation battle
In order to explain the behind-the-scenes teacher evaluations dynamics, we broke down where each player stands.
it's a deal
March 30, 2018
The final answer: School spending gets a billion-dollar boost
Lawmakers reached a deal on a state budget late Friday night.
to the left to the left
January 9, 2018
Teachers unions are ‘thrilled’ by Gov. Cuomo’s education agenda, but school funding remains in play
As Cuomo seeks re-election and maybe a presidential bid, he has championed progressive values. Advocates wonder whether that will turn into more funding for education.
the final countdown
March 28, 2017
State legislators are down to the wire to pass the budget. Here are the education items to watch
By the end of the week, lawmakers (may) have a deal on the big education funding issues facing the state, including how much to spend…
March 15, 2017
Senate releases budget plan, weighing in on school funding saga and rejecting Cuomo’s ‘Excelsior Scholarship’ proposal
The Senate passed a budget proposal that includes a new vision for college affordability, a different take on school funding, and more support for charter schools.
January 20, 2017
Week in review: “Horrible outcomes” vs. “false news”
Today’s the day that struggling schools across the state have been dreading for months. At 11 a.m., the state education department…
Updated January 9, 2017
What we’ll be listening for at the confirmation hearing for Betsy DeVos, Trump’s education pick
Where she stands on education policy issues beyond school choice, for one.
November 9, 2016
Republicans appear likely to hold State Senate, paving way for (another) tough fight over mayoral control
Republicans are declaring victory in their efforts to maintain control of the New York State Senate, which could mean another testy fight over mayoral control.
mayoral control clash
May 18, 2016
De Blasio skips Senate hearing, angering lawmakers with mayoral control on the line
The mayor decided not to attend a mayoral control hearing on Thursday, drawing criticism from the lawmakers that stand in the way of a long-term extension.
March 16, 2016
City education budget needs $171M more than governor proposes, report says
According to an analysis released Wednesday by the IBO, the mayor’s proposed education budget includes $171 million more than the governor’s proposal.
March 14, 2016
Senate proposes $1.6 billion increase in education funding
The Senate’s budget proposal calls for a $1.6 billion increase in education funding, including more than $27 million in additional aid to charter schools.
March 30, 2015
Vouchers pass state Senate for third time in five years
An initiative that would allow some low-income Tennessee students to receive vouchers to attend private schools cleared the state Senate Monday. All eyes now turn to the House.
January 23, 2015
Huge senate bill would make school accreditation optional
Republican state Sen. Peter Miller thinks schools in Indiana need to cut reams of red tape so they can focus on what matters most —…
January 21, 2015
City teachers testify before U.S. Senate committee on reducing testing
Two New York City teachers were among a panel of expert witnesses called to testify on testing and accountability at a U.S. Senate committee hearing Wednesday aimed to fix No Child Left Behind.
January 16, 2015
Sen. Mike Delph proposes ditching new academic standards for 2006 version
If a new bill proposed by state Sen. Mike Delph passes this year, Indiana could do a complete about-face and dump its newly implemented…
July 9, 2009
As the Senate stalemate ends, a possible deal on school control
The stalemate in the State Senate appears to be ending in dramatic fashion today, with the distribution of power returning to how it was…
April 29, 2009
Mystery deepens over state senator's mayoral control report
I spent nearly an hour earlier today trying to cobble together out of several askew, truncated, and fuzzy faxed versions a single shareable copy of State Sen. Martin Dilan's explosive mayoral control report. I should have spent my time on something else, because Liz Benjamin at the Daily News just posted an impeccable version on her Daily Politics blog; I'm sharing it below the jump. Benjamin's copy of the report, which recommends that lawmakers place substantial checks on mayoral control when the school governance structure expires June 30, is easier to read than the one I just trashed. But the version I was working with looked about as muddled as debate over the report has been since it was first revealed in the Post yesterday. At issue is whose opinions the report contains and whether the report was meant to be released this week at all. Gail Robinson at the Gotham Gazette wrote yesterday that her copy of the leaked report didn't indicate anywhere that it was a draft version. But City Hall, which condemned the recommendations, told the Post that it considered the report to be in draft form, and Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith's office said the report doesn't reflect his position on mayoral control. Later yesterday, Dilan, one of the two chairs of the school governance task force convened by Smith, issued a statement saying that the leaked report represented only his own opinions, not those of his fellow committee members. This afternoon, I called the office of State Sen. Shirley Huntley, the task force's other chair, to find out how her position compared to Dilan's. A spokeswoman who works in Smith's office, Selvena Brooks, returned my call on Huntley's behalf. "The task force is still convening hearings," Brooks told me. "She feels it’s a bit premature to make recommendations."
January 26, 2009
Photographic proof of how inside the Schnur idealocrats now are
Alexander Russo smartly picks up this screen shot from the C-SPAN video of Arne Duncan’s confirmation hearing. That’s Jon Schnur right behind him, on…
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