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April 3, 2018
De Blasio critics rally, asking Carranza to hit the ‘reset button’ on education policy
Critics of the mayor descended on City Hall to demand the new chancellor reject his boss’s education agenda.
Updated February 28, 2018
Ideological foes express cautious optimism about NYC’s incoming schools chief, Alberto Carvalho
Reactions from Success CEO Eva Moskowitz, AFT President Randi Weingarten, and others to news of NYC's next chancellor.
August 22, 2017
‘Virtually meaningless’ or ‘steady progress’? New York City reacts to this year’s state test scores
The annual release of test scores created a wave of reactions from education stakeholders across the state.
blast from the past
August 21, 2017
Who is Dan Loeb? The billionaire investor who chairs Success Academy’s board has a checkered past
Loeb's actions force Success Academy CEO Eva Moskowitz and other charter leaders to make a calculation: Is his behavior a fair price to pay for the boost to their cause?
head to head
July 26, 2017
Protesters face off with member of New York City’s Absent Teacher Reserve outside the mayor’s gym
The Absent Teacher Reserve, a pool of teachers without permanent positions, is once again at the center of debate.
draining the atr pool
July 10, 2017
New York City plans more aggressive steps to move hundreds of unassigned teachers out of Absent Teacher Reserve
The city's latest attempt to shrink the ATR pool may require principals to hire teachers.
draining the pool
October 13, 2016
New York City’s Absent Teacher Reserve is steadily decreasing, city says
The number stands at 1,304 this October, which is a decrease of about 150 teachers from this time last year.
Ready for College
July 7, 2016
How many students are college-ready? Depends on whom you ask
It is extremely difficult to nail down how many students ready for college — and increasingly important.
June 16, 2014
Panel of union critics say de Blasio lost big on the UFT contract
What the city and the United Federation of Teachers have hailed as a historically collaborative agreement adds up to little more than giveaways for the teachers union, critics argued at a panel event on Monday morning. As a result, panelists said, a new $18 billion contract for teachers reflects plenty of missed opportunities for the de Blasio administration.
April 23, 2014
Mulgrew mum on negotiations, but offers plenty of praise for city leaders
Teachers union President Michael Mulgrew won’t talk about ongoing contract negotiations, but he’s more than happy to praise the city officials on the other side of the table.
April 3, 2014
Advocates to Fariña: More specifics on forced placement, please
Advocates looking to keep the teachers in the city's Absent Teacher Reserve out of classrooms say Chancellor Fariña hasn't said enough about her plans for those teachers.
August 14, 2013
What StudentsFirstNY has been up to
This just in, via a press release from the advocacy group: What: StudentsFirstNY turns in 1,000 voter registration applications to the Office of the Board of Elections in Brooklyn. Who: Newly registered voter and StudentsFirstNY community organizers
July 12, 2013
DOE cleared of one civil rights charge while another one stalls
A protest hosted by StudentsFirst NY this week on the steps of Tweed Courthouse (StudentsFirst NY twitter) Students and teachers are off for the summer, but the city Department of Education's legal office was kept on high alert this week. First, lawyers received word that discrimination charges against the city's high school admissions process would be dismissed by a federal civil rights office. Then, StudentsFirstNY, an advocacy group with close ties to the Bloomberg administration, announced it would slap the city with a new complaint, alleging inequity in the way teachers are distributed teacher quality in the city. So far, that complaint has yet to be filed, three days after the group organized dozens of people to protest the issue on the department's steps at Tweed Courthouse. A StudentsFirst NY spokeswoman said the group's lawyers were still reviewing the complaint, but she would not say if there are still plans to file it at all. If so, it would be at least the fourth discrimination charge filed with the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights in the last year. A complaint against the policies for admission into top-tier high schools and for closing schools were also submitted.
July 9, 2013
Formed to back Bloomberg, StudentsFirstNY now an adversary
Sonia Saddler joined a protest organized by StudentsFirstNY because she was unhappy with how many times her grand-niece's kindergarten teacher at P.S. 92 was absent last year. An advocacy group that fought for changes to teacher evaluations plans to cite data from the old rating system in a civil rights suit against the city. In a complaint that hasn't yet been filed, StudentsFirstNY will ask the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights to investigate the distribution of teacher quality in city schools. The group issued a report in January finding that the 3 percent of teachers rated "unsatisfactory" last year worked disproportionately often in schools with many poor students of color. Its complaint will allege that the distribution was the result of discriminatory city policies. Filing a complaint against the Bloomberg administration is an unusual move for StudentsFirstNY, which was formed to defend the mayor's education policies and criticize opponents during the mayoral election. Some of those opponents have a civil rights complaint of their own pending with the federal government, about the Bloomberg administration's school closures.
June 25, 2013
Ex-state senator picked to lead DFER's New York fundraising
Democrats for Education Reform is reuniting with an old Albany friend as it prepares to resume a larger presence in the state. The political action committee's New York chapter named former state Senator Craig Johnson as board chair, Executive Director Joe Williams said. Johnson's role on the board, which is unpaid, will primarily be to fundraise, an area that has lagged in recent years as the state's education advocacy field has grown more crowded, Williams said. "We've got a lot of work to do to get the donor base engaged again," said Williams. Johnson, who won his seat in 2007 in a Long Island district long dominated by Republicans, aligned with DFER on successful legislative efforts required to qualify for federal Race to the Top funding. The most notable was a revision to the Charter Schools Act that more than doubled the number of charter schools allowed to operate in the state. Snubbing pressure from his Democratic colleagues, Johnson "single-handedly" blocked an early version of the bill that would have banned school building co-locations and slowed down the authorizing process. Johnson was ousted from his seat just months later, but has stayed active in state politics. He raised nearly $500,000 in 2012 for Jeff Klein's Independent Democratic Committee, which formed a tenuous power-sharing coalition with Republicans after last fall's elections. Earlier this month, Johnson was hired by the law firm McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP to oversee national governmental affairs with a focus on education policy.
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