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September 4, 2019
Test scores, vaccination rates, AC and more: 10 back-to-school stories with news you can use
Look up school-by-school test results, graduation rates, and vaccination rates. Plus, answers to your questions about full-day kindergarten, CMAS scores, and more.
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August 19, 2019
Scores of Illinois schools taught abstinence last year. They could continue despite questions about the message.
More than 150 schools in Illinois, including 22 in Chicago, used a sex education curriculum last year that taught abstinence only.
June 14, 2019
The birds, the bees and consent: How one Chicago classroom navigates evolving sexual education
More schools are teaching the meaning and practice of consent.
Updated May 23, 2019
Colorado changed its laws around sex ed. Here’s what you need to know.
Colorado law will now require students who receive sexual education to learn about consent in school, as well as "safe haven" laws.
birds and bees
December 1, 2017
Despite progress, many New York City schools still fail to provide sex ed
Slightly more middle-school students took health classes last year, which are required by city rules to include sex education, according to data released Friday by…
SEX IN THE CITY
March 21, 2017
Let’s talk about sex (education): NYC high school students weigh in on what they’re not learning in school
Half of the students who responded said they learned about sex from their friends, and 11 percent said they had not received information or had no one to ask about sex.
October 8, 2014
Teresa Jones, SCS new board chairwoman discusses priorities, goals
When Shelby County School Board member Teresa Jones was unanimously voted as the new chairwoman on September 30, she promised to be a hard worker and…
July 16, 2014
Union signals coming appeal of teacher placement ruling
Updated: As promised, Colorado’s largest teachers union filed a notice Tuesday that they intend to appeal a Denver judge’s ruling that left the state’s teacher evaluation law untouched. The…
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June 25, 2014
Several high-performing Shelby County tenured teachers face unemployment as deadline nears
Of the 345 Shelby County Schools teachers who were laid off this month almost a quarter of them were tenured teachers who met the state's performance expectations, an administrator revealed on Tuesday. The news angered Keith Williams, the president of the Memphis-Shelby County Education Association which filed a lawsuit last month claiming that the district can't lay off tenured teachers.
January 29, 2014
Union legal challenge to SB191 filed, bill on its way
Updated - Colorado’s largest teachers union Wednesday launched a two-pronged attack on part of the state educator effectiveness law, filing both a lawsuit and serving notice of a proposed bill in the legislature.
September 6, 2011
Comptroller's audit criticizes city's handling of ATR pool
Chart from Comptroller John Liu's audit of the Absent Teacher Reserve. The Department of Education could potentially be doing more to help teachers whose positions have been eliminated find new jobs. That's one conclusion of an audit conducted by Comptroller John Liu of the DOE's efforts to help members of the Absent Teacher Reserve, the pool of teachers whose jobs were lost to budget cuts, enrollment changes, or school closures. The audit concluded that the vast majority of ATRs — 95 percent — are working full-time in teaching jobs, but that the department doesn't maintain data sufficient to conclude whether its efforts to help the teachers find permanent positions are paying off. "Without such information, we believe that DOE is significantly hindered in its ability to evaluate the success of its efforts in helping ATR teachers find permanent positions," the report concludes. The audit is not meant to dictate policy and is intended only to draw attention to what the report said was an information gap within the DOE on the ATR pool. But an unwritten conclusion also seems to be that the city is wasting money by hiring new teachers when ATRs are licensed to do the job.
August 10, 2011
Church policy could complicate city's new sex ed requirements
Public schools located in former Catholic school buildings will have to find another place to teach newly required sex education. Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott surprised principals last night with the news that sex education will be mandatory in middle and high schools starting this year—a decision the New York Civil Liberties Union called "a great step forward for students' health." For schools that operate in space leased from the Archdiocese of New York, the new requirement could induce a scheduling headache. A Department of Education spokeswoman, Barbara Morgan, confirmed that those schools would have to conduct the sex education lessons off-site in accordance with the archdiocese's longstanding policy prohibiting sex education in space that it owns. As Catholic schools have lost students in recent years, the archdiocese has closed dozens of schools, including 27 this year. The city has then rented some of those buildings to relieve its own space crunch. Last year, when the city decided to rent the former Saint Michael’s Academy to house the Clinton School for Artists and Writers, it noted that students would have to return to the school's previous site for sex education. Fran Davies, education spokeswoman for the archdiocese, said today that church officials were still researching the issue. Most public schools housed in rented former Catholic school space are elementary schools, which are not affected by the new requirement. But at least a few middle and high schools, like West Brooklyn Community High School and El Puente Academy for Peace and Justice in Williamsburg, will have to make other plans if they haven't already.
October 28, 2008
Every high school student needs sex ed, Betsy Gotbaum says
The city’s public advocate, who today announced via a New York Times article that she will not seek reelection, despite the term limit…
October 24, 2008
A snag in city's effort to lease closed Catholic schools: sex ed
Here’s something interesting from this morning’s City Council hearing on school siting: Lorraine Grillo, chief of staff at the School Construction Authority, said the…
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