Stumping at churches across the city yesterday, New York City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott announced a $13 million initiative to add more slots to the city's after school programs. 4,000 seats will be added to after-school care and tutoring for elementary and middle school students.
Parents, activists and educators who are against the so-called education-reform movement are forming a national coalition to combat what they perceive to be a corporate assault on education. They thought it'd be wise to organize their fight on a more national level -- especially since their oppone ... More >>
But can you really blame him? After the collapse in talks between the Mayor's Department of Education and the UFT last month, Albany went ahead and extended the deadline for yet another month for the City (and other areas - it's just not us!) to come to some sort of agreement on teacher evaluations ... More >>
New York City education advocates, along with activists from 17 other cities, are bringing their fight against school closures to the U.S. Department of Education today. The advocates have filed complaints with the Office of Civil Rights arguing that school closure policies in their cities have dis ... More >>
When Wayne LaPierre spoke to the world in the wake of Newtown, viewers and media folk alike gawked at the NRA chieftain's worldview. Twitter was abuzz with anger as LaPierre proposed fighting guns with guns, swiftly condemning video games and the rest of Society for the violence at hand. Not to ment ... More >>
Amid the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, we learned that Mayor Michael Bloomberg donated $20,000 dollars to a campaign aimed at helping the mayor of Bridgeport, Conn. gain control over the city's school board. Sound familiar? Well, that's the same level of power Bloomberg exerts over our ... More >>
There's good news and bad news for any cyber-tough-guys out there whose brand of bullying involves being a prick from behind the safety of a keyboard. The bad news: Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the much-anticipated "Cyberbullying Bill" into law this afternoon. The good news (for cyber-pricks, anyway ... More >>
Though most expected candidates haven't even officially announced their campaigns for mayor, a big part of the race to replace Mayor Mike Bloomberg is already taking form in the area of education policy. This week, mayoral hopefuls have been offering their views on the current Administration's educa ... More >>
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In front of a raucous crowd of 2,000 in Brooklyn (see video above), a New York City panel voted early this morning to close 12 more public schools, bringing the week's total carnage to 22. Jeered by the crowd, Mayor Bloomberg's schools chancellor, Cathie Black, held her tongue. On Tuesday, Black h ... More >>
Eva Moskowitz's Success Charter Network, subject of our cover story this week, won several major victories at last night's meeting of the Panel for Educational Policy. The PEP voted to allow Harlem Success Academy 1 to expand in its current home alongside P.S. 149 (Sojourner Turth) next year, ... More >>
Brooklyn Tech High School will play host to tonight's meeting of the Panel for Educational Policy, and it promises to be doozy. Barring interruptions from the weather, the panel should have quite a large audience in the house, as they debate closing some 25 low-performing high schools. If you pla ... 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 >>
"Fake Cathie Black," a joke Twitter account still in its comedic infancy, paints the next New York City Schools Chancellor as painfully out of touch with messages like, "I am 100% against closing schools tomorrow. My suggestion to students is to ask your drivers to add chains to the fleet's E ... More >>
Whatever you think of her, Cathie Black is inarguably a by-the-dictionary unqualified choice for schools chancellor (hence the need for a waiver). It was her lack of traditional qualifications that probably made Mayor Bloomberg interested in her. And now, Black's come out of the gate swingin ... More >>
Despite all the Sturm und Drang, Cathie Black is poised to become the next New York City schools chancellor. Education Commissioner David Steiner passed the waiver needed -- due to her lack of education experience -- today, despite his advisory panel (and scores of others) recommending he den ... More >>
Cathie Black, Mayor Bloomberg's choice to become New York City's Schools Chancellor, was in danger this week of having quit her job as the president of Hearst Magazines for nothing. A wave of discontent engulfed her nomination, including a "thumbs down" by the panel meant to approve her. (Eve ... More >>
It's not exactly news that kids in poor school districts get screwed in New York state, but a new study quantifies exactly how. A report from Rutgers University and the Education Law Center in New Jersey has found that, when it comes to equitably distributing money and other resources to rich and p ... More >>
Is the "show us your papers" ethos of Arizona's S.B. 1070 coming to New York State's school children? That's what the New York Civil Liberties Union contends, in a story in today's New York Times. Twenty percent of public school districts around the state, writes Nina Bernstein, are requiring famil ... More >>
Andrew Cuomo's decision to announce new tax policy on Fred Dicker's Albany radio show is as bad for the state as it is for Cuomo. It's already added to the budget drama gripping Albany. All you have to do is read the New York Post to see how often Freddie and Andrew talk, though the attorney genera ... More >>
This week Governor Paterson withheld 10 percent of state payments to schools, hospitals, and municipalities because the state is broke and the legislature hasn't done anything about it. The word has gotten around to towns and cities that this is real money we're talking about here, and now educatio ... More >>
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