"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 >>
Nothing like a quick sex scandal to spice up a beautiful Sunday afternoon.
In a 73-page lawsuit filed by a Manhattan teacher, the President of the United Federation of Teachers prez Michael Mulgrew, known for his heated relationship with Bloomberg's Education Department, has been accused of having ... 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 >>
Randi Weingarten is stepping down as head of the New York chapter of the United Federation of Teachers. Of course, she's also been head of the national UFT for about a year, so it's not like she didn't have her hands full.
We don't know much about the man expected to replace her, UFT Vice Presiden ... More >>
Assembly Democrats discussed mayoral school control for about four and a half hours yesterday, and virtually none of the dozens of members who spoke during the closed party conference supported continuing Bloomberg's control of city schools in its present form. Speaker Shelly Silve ... More >>
If you've read today Wayne Barrett story on Mayor Bloomberg's tendency to cut deals with the teacher's union, and why (if he's serious about school reform) he should cut it out, you may be interested in what PolitickerNY's Jason Horowitz reports about Bloomberg's mayoral control renewal campaign: he ... More >>
In his previous mayoral campaigns, Mike Bloomberg has cut deals with Randi Weingarten's teachers' union that have eased his way to victory. But they also also stiffed charter schools and thwarted any hope of a real turnaround in our school system. Wayne Barrett tells us why this could be -- and sho ... More >>
As Mario Cuomo famously said, when New York Post publisher Rupert Murdoch likes a politician, he lets you know it.
Back in 1982 when Cuomo was campaigning against Post favorite Ed Koch for the Democratic gubernatorial nod, he griped that when normal papers endorse a candidate "you get one column ... More >>
A teacher has barricaded himself in at Middle School 328, aka New Millennium Business Academy, at 1000 Teller Avenue in the Bronx. He says he has a bomb. The Post says he's "protesting the mistreatment of teachers." Cops says they don't think he really has a bomb, but we'd give the place a wide bert ... More >>
Organizers are predicting the year's biggest demonstration so far late this afternoon outside City Hall. The targets are service cuts being demanded by both Mayor Bloomberg and Governor Paterson in their respective budgets. Big turnout is expected from the teachers union, SEIU locals 32BJ and 1199, ... More >>
The daily schedules of Kevin Sheekey, deputy mayor for Bloombergian political ambitions, have been posted courtesy of a FOIL request and a good deed by Azi Paybarah, the NY Observer/PolitickerNY's indefatigable political watchdog. In addition to Paybarah's shrewd observations (he notes, for instance ... More >>
Payroll is a large part of the city's budget, and it has occurred to Mayor Bloomberg that dropping some workers might effect some savings, says the New York Post. He is said to consider "targeted buyouts to thousands of longtime civilian employees." The Post doesn't say which sectors would be targe ... More >>