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May 2, 2018
New York state education department officials weigh in on plan to overhaul teacher evaluations
State education department officials thanked the sponsors of the legislation but warned of “unintended consequences.”
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.
January 18, 2018
Personal data of 52 New York students is compromised after testing-company breach
The breach is likely to fuel the already widespread opposition among parents and educators to the state standardized exams in New York.
Show me the money
November 13, 2017
How should New York spend billions in education funds? Top policymakers start to give their answer.
A main focus of their preliminary requests is the major new school-improvement plan they were required to create under federal law.
Politics & Policy
September 1, 2017
After blasting Success’s board chair, Chancellor Rosa to visit Success Academy on first day of school
This follows recent friction between the State Education Department and SUNY, Success's authorizer, and sometimes Success Academy itself.
the new deal
May 8, 2017
New York state says it wants to expand its definition of success — and focus on equity — in judging schools
New York education officials have said they hope to capitalize on the Every Student Succeeds Act – and framed that choice as a statement of values.
Equity and ESSA
January 27, 2017
Famed researcher Linda Darling-Hammond on the future of New York education — and what she makes of Betsy DeVos
An influential education researcher, who has been helping New York implement ESSA, spells out how the state can focus on equity under the new law.
Leadership & Management
January 18, 2017
Cuomo’s budget includes three-year extension of mayoral control, boost for charter and community schools
Here’s a breakdown of some of the K-12 items on Cuomo’s agenda.
January 13, 2017
Four education storylines to watch as New York kicks off its 2017 legislative session
We'll be following the governor's efforts to provide free college tuition, an upcoming battle about school funding, and plans to boost after-school programs.
ask the legislature
December 13, 2016
Education officials present multimillion-dollar wish list, including funding for English learners and new assessments
The largest sums of funding requested would go to developing new native-language exams geared toward students learning English.
By the numbers
October 19, 2015
Charter school demographics coming under fresh scrutiny
This year, charter schools’ progress toward goals for enrolling high-needs students are being scrutinized by state regulators. But it's unclear how strict they'll be.
September 16, 2015
Elia names new slate of state education leaders, including former city ELLs chief
The appointments end an extended period of transition at the department that began when former Commissioner John King departed at the end of 2014.
August 7, 2015
New York’s newest literacy test for aspiring teachers gets judge’s OK
A new exam testing the reading and writing skills of aspiring teachers in New York State does not discriminate against black and Hispanic candidates, a judge ruled Friday.
Turnover at the top
July 8, 2015
Amid transition at New York ed department, Ken Wagner to decamp for Rhode Island
Ken Wagner, a top state education official who took on a bigger role after John King’s resignation, has been tapped to be Rhode Island’s next education commissioner.
July 7, 2015
Ken Wagner, top state ed deputy, a finalist for Rhode Island ed chief job
Wagner would be the latest in a string of state education officials to leave over the last year, which has been marked by tumult over education policy.
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