Looks like State Education Commissioner John King wasn't kidding. Yesterday, the Associated Press was informed by an anonymous Cuomo administration official that, in his 30-day budget amendments coming up this week, the governor will position Albany to be the central arbiter of a still-not-disclose ... More >>
It's official: as of yesterday afternoon, the teachers union and the Mayor's education officials both walked out on negotiations for a teacher evaluations deal worth millions. That means that the January 17th deadline has come and went, placing New York State out of Race to the Top fund consideratio ... More >>
For a sample of the over-wrought backlash that the United Federation of Teachers will face after failing to come to an agreement with the city on a new teacher evaluation system this afternoon, go check out today's opinion section in the NY Daily News. In an impressive show of mutual-strokage, the ... More >>
For whatever the reason, 'coming down to the wire' doesn't cut it here. Maybe it's the $300 million that's at stake. Who knows.As we reported last week, a deadline has been set for tomorrow on statewide teacher evaluation deals. If achieved, the State will qualify for millions in Race to the Top gra ... 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 >>
"Educational entrepreneurship" is booming, but can profit and pedagogy go hand in hand?
Teachers and top pols in Albany have come to a last-minute evaluation agreement that should safeguard some $700 million in imperiled federal education funds -- barely making Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Feb. 16 deadline. And New York City has come to its own evaluation accord at 5:30 a.m., just in time for ... More >>
Can a multi-state effort to concoct new standardized tests prepare New York's students for college?
After the "Race to the Top" results caused so much buzz this summer and the release of Waiting for Superman seems to have parents fuming this fall, NBC news has been the latest outlet to get on the education bandwagon, with its sprawling "Education Nation" mutli-platform line-up. NBC has already ... More >>
The Michael Mulgrew victory tour took an embarrassing turn on NY1 last night, when the United Federation of Teachers president gloated throughout an extended interview, overstating a very mixed primary day report card.
Andrew Cuomo will show us in the next few days if he has the balls to be a change agent as governor. His feud with Eliot Spitzer caught fire when Spitzer got stuck in neutral during Cuomo's 2006 primary race for attorney general against Mark Green, refusing to endorse Cuomo when it mattered. ... More >>
By now, you've heard that Governor Paterson more or less made yesterday's "Race to the Cock" day a better news story when he got rather excited talking about New York's bringing home the federal education bacon: Paterson and Obama have never been close, nor have they ever really supported each ot ... More >>
The U.S. Department of Education announced the finalists for federal Race to the Top dollars today, and New York State made the cut. No one should get too excited yet about spending any of that $700 million pile of loot, though. New York is only one of 17 states and the District of Columbia to mak ... More >>
Every one of New York's 26 Democrats in the House voted for a budget amendment last week that President Obama had already threatened to veto. A New York Times editorial this morning blasted the amendment, which passed by a 239 to 182 vote, without even fingering the special interests that produced ... More >>
It's Shelly Silver and the old-school Dems in his race to Governor