In a move that is expected to be popular with school children across the city, the New York City Council passed a unanimous resolution Tuesday declaring its opposition to high-stakes standardized testing. "The over-emphasis on standardized testing has caused considerable collateral damage in too m ... More >>
The idea behind charter schools is that, because the government does not measure them though traditional public school standards, they have the freedom to innovate, thrusting them at the frontline of education reform. To one of New York City's biggest charter school organizations, Success Academy, ... More >>
"These tests are harmful. They do nothing but stress us out and take away precious learning time. They don't make learning fun, they are all-consuming. ... We do not learn from these tests. Do we not go to school to learn?" Owen Hotaling, a freckled fifth grader in a sweatshirt and a bright red kn ... More >>
Former City Councilmember Eva Moskowitz, with Bloomberg's union-busting blessing, is pushing her Success Academy edu-franchise into Brooklyn. The natives aren't buying.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo extended the state's impressive run of evading the fact that it owes New York City billions of dollars in educations funds. As we reported last week, the state has demonstrated an uncanny ability to pretend like the N.Y. State Court of Appeals didn't mandate that it pay the city ... More >>
Forget about the fiscal cliff in Washington; the kids of New York City are about to jump off one, too. In less than ten days, New York City's public school system stands to gain or lose nearly $300 million of the $700 million allotted to New York State under President Obama's "Race to the Top" prog ... More >>
UPDATE: Anyone who fought against the recent round of co-locations can now rest assured that they never had a say in yesterday's Panel on Educational Policy's vote. The PEP voted late last night to approve every co-location proposal up for consideration. The approvals came after hours of impassione ... More >>
Students, parents and the surrounding community have made it clear that they don't want the New York City Department of Education to co-locate a new school alongside Dr. Susan S. McKinney Secondary School of the Arts in Brooklyn. But, they're unclear whether they possess the power to stop it from ... More >>
Governor Cuomo has political capital—why waste it on more reliance on standardized testing?
A City Council hearing today brought together key players in city education policy to discuss how to improve the college-readiness of public students. If only everyone could fit in the room. Runnin' Scared begged as crowds of hopeful attendees were shepherded into an additional viewing room. Eve ... More >>
In the wake of this morning's Cathie Black news, in which she was replaced as schools chancellor after only four months, New York State Education Commissioner David Steiner is seemingly being shown the door too. The New York Post reports that although "Steiner has not yet made a decision" abo ... More >>
New Schools Chancellor Cathie Black, already embattled based on her lackluster qualifications and bad jokes, had a tough showing last night in Brooklyn, where she was booed audibly (and on video!) at an Educational Policy meeting, as reported by New York's Daily Intel and the New York Daily News. It ... More >>
Today in How Reporters Report: Everyone got their panties in a twist when former city schools chancellor Joel Klein resigned last November and Mayor Bloomberg appointed Cathie Black -- a publishing exec with no discernible skills, background, or preparation for the job -- as his replace ... More >>
The backlash against Mayor Bloomberg's new pick for city schools chancellor didn't take long to gather steam. A state senator-elect with ties to the teacher's union is already vying to block Cathie Black, the former Hearst Magazines chairman, from taking the job. He's urging state officials to de ... More >>
After ten years of funding sex education programs built on abstinence, the federal government is getting a little bit looser. A little bit! This year, "a five-year, $375 million grant is being divided among 28 programs that have been proven to lower the pregnancy rate among participants, no m ... More >>
The New York state education department issued its annual test scores for 3rd- through 8th-graders this morning, and the takeaway is: They blow. The number of students judged proficient in English fell from 77% in 2009 to 53% this year; in math, the percent earning passing grades plunged from ... More >>
Union intransigence hits a low point
With the looming deadline to apply for federal Race to the Top education funds coming next week, Mayor Bloomberg and Schools Chancellor Joel Klein have been taking their call to increase the number of charter schools far and wide. This weekend, they took the word to church, reports Daily News writer ... More >>
The Post's Fred Dicker reports this morning that Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is planning to support the recently passed Senate Bill to increase the number of charter schools in the state. If true, this would be just the latest unlikely development in how the issue of charter schools is rea ... More >>
SchneidermanEric Schneiderman, the Manhattan state senator running for Attorney General, was one of 12 Democrats who voted against the charter school bill that passed 45 to 15 on Monday. Ironically, though a bill authorizing new charter schools appears irrelevant to the AG race, t ... More >>
The State Senate voted yesterday to raise the number of charter schools in the state to 460 from 200. Majority Leader John Sampson supported the legislation and, despite significant Democratic resistance, led it to a surprisingly bipartisan victory (45-15). More than doubling the number of c ... More >>
If you're looking for a laugh, go on the website of the United Federation of Teachers, the union that is leading the fight against charter schools, whose reading and math scores are 15 to 20 points better than traditional schools. The union just went on the air with an ad blasting "for-profi ... More >>
Go for the money, Merryl!State schools chancellor and role model Merryl Tisch certainly sounded like she was showing New York's millions of public school kids how to throw in the towel Wednesday night. She told NY1's Lindsey Christ that the state might not even submit an applicat ... More >>
A judge ruled today that New York City's Department of Education illegally closed 19 high schools earlier this year. Several news outlets are reporting the breaking decision (Post, WABC). The move to close the schools earlier this year was contentious and included a protest in front of Mayor Bloomb ... More >>
Bill deBlasio may have set a record with his first-day-on-the-job thumping by the New York Post last week. Under the headline "ACORN's City Hall branch," a Post editorial, posted at 1:40 on the morning of deBlasio's second day as public advocate, blasted his announcement that he was forming a ... More >>
Are No Child Left Behind and Bloomberg's report cards pushing schools to go grade-grubbing?
The New York Times reports today that charter schools are sometimes in conflict with their public-school hosts, particularly as regards space, on which some P.S. personnel and parents think they get shafted: at Middle School 126 in Williamsburg, for example, access to the school library is granted t ... More >>
The city is eager to put a charter school called Hebrew Language Academy, bankrolled by the Stenhardt Foundation for Jewish Life, in Marine Park. There have been objections from civil libertarians and from Diane Ravitch to the presumed religious nature of the school. But yesterday, GerritsenBeach. ... More >>
It's (almost) summertime, and the Mayor's campaigning is easy. So easy, he can roll over the union this time—and should.
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