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Just Restoration vs. "It's Just Policy": What Will it Take to Truly Reform School Discipline?

Sally Lee | Posted 07.29.2013 | New York
Sally Lee

It's easier to talk about the problems than to put money on possible solutions. At a recent symposium on the School-to-Prison Pipeline I found a disturbing lack of teacher voice, despite constant blaming of educators and schools for perpetuating the pipeline.

In NYC, Rhetoric vs. Reality

Eric Lerum | Posted 07.23.2013 | New York
Eric Lerum

There is still much work to be done -- but there is no doubt the city's education system is on a better path because of the leadership of the past decade. Students and families in New York City -- and everywhere -- deserve a real debate on the issues.

NYC Schools Chancellor Slams Democratic Mayoral Candidates

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 05.20.2013 | New York

New York City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott criticized democratic mayoral candidates Saturday, telling a crowd of educators and school administrat...

New York City To Test Longer School Days

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 04.30.2013 | New York

The end of summer will be extra bittersweet for some New York City middle school students, who will be greeted in September with a school day 2.5 hour...

Enough is Enough -- Pearson Education Fails the Test Again and Again

Alan Singer | Posted 06.24.2013 | Politics
Alan Singer

The relationship between New York City, New York State, and Pearson Education must end. Other states and municipalities should reconsider their relationship with Pearson as well. This company and its testing regime have not earned the right to work in American schools.

Low-Income and Minority Students Needed in STEM Pipeline

Marcus Bright | Posted 05.22.2013 | College
Marcus Bright

The United States does not currently produce enough qualified workers to meet the demand for STEM employees. The current STEM pipeline is woefully insufficient.

Union-busting, Bloomberg-Style

Alan Singer | Posted 03.20.2013 | New York
Alan Singer

The dispute between New York City and Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1181 is the result of a decision by the Bloomberg administration to allow competitive bidding for school bus contracts. But lower bids would mean no job security for current school bus drivers.

NYC Schools Stand To Lose $450 Million As City, Union Bicker

The Huffington Post | Emmeline Zhao | Posted 01.17.2013 | Education

New York City stands to lose up to $450 million in funding as tense negotiations between the city and teachers union fell apart on an evaluation plan ...

School Buses Rolling Monday, But Strike Threat Looms

| Posted 01.15.2013 | New York

By Jill Colvin and Jess Wisloski NEW YORK CITY — Yellow school buses began making pickups Monday morning, as the drivers' union prepared for a st...

City Braces For Possible School Bus Drivers Strike

Newsday | Emily Ngo | Posted 03.09.2013 | New York

New York City schools and parents are bracing for a possible strike by bus drivers and bus attendants who say the city's call for contract bids withou...

New York City Students To Make Up Days Missed From Hurricane Sandy

Posted 11.20.2012 | Education

City officials announced Monday that New York City students will see their weeklong winter break cut short by three days to make up the school days mi...

Students In Displaced Schools Can Attend Nearest One They Can Get To

Posted 11.09.2012 | Education

New York City public school students whose schools were displaced due to Hurricane Sandy can now enroll in the nearest school they can get to, the NYC...

NYC Schools Chancellor Pushes For Students To Make Up Days Missed From Hurricane Sandy

Posted 11.07.2012 | Education

New York City students may very well see their breaks shortened after Hurricane Sandy kept them out of the classroom for at least five days. According...

My Lunch Group

Richard Abrons | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Richard Abrons

I am part of a NYC lunch group that has met for lunch once a month for the past fifteen years and is still going strong. There are six of us, all in our mid-eighties. Some of us have been friends for 72 years; others, a mere 50 years.

Conditions In New York Schools Originally To Reopen To Students 'Appalling'

Posted 11.04.2012 | Education

New York City officials have reversed a decision to reopen eight city high schools to students, NY1 reports. Mayor Michael Bloomberg had originall...

City Officials Tell Edu. Commission Additional Funding Is Needed To Fund Common Core Implementation

Posted 10.18.2012 | Education

As New York City works to integrate the Common Core State Standards, Department of Education Deputy Chancellor Shael Polakow-Suransky says both the ci...

Q&A With Schools Chancellor Walcott

The Huffington Post | Inae Oh | Posted 09.12.2012 | New York

Last Thursday, over 1.1 million students in the New York City public school system said goodbye to summer and poured into classrooms for the first day...

Budget Cuts Forces City To Limit Test Monitoring

The Huffington Post | Samreen Hooda | Posted 08.23.2012 | Education

According to New York City School Chancellor Dennis Walcott, further budget cuts by the Department of Education forced schools to have less monitoring...

Bloomberg Wants Law Speeding Firing Process For Teachers In Sex Cases

Posted 05.30.2012 | New York

After a recent series of cases in which New York City teachers have been accused of sexual misconduct, Mayor Bloomberg is proposing a new state law pr...

'Pervy Teachers' Accused Of Sexual Misconduct With Students Can't Get Fired

Posted 06.06.2012 | Education

Sixteen teachers accused of various forms of sexual misconduct are still teaching in New York City schools, according to a New York Education Departme...

At a Loss for Words -- and All the Ideas That Go With Them

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 07.23.2012 | Education
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

Rarely am I at a loss for words, but in this case, with New York City attempting to remove 50 from my vocabulary, I can't think of anything more to say.

Publishing Teacher Effectiveness Rankings Draws More Criticism

| Louis Freedberg | Posted 06.02.2012 | Education

This story comes to us courtesy of California's EdSource Extra. The release last month of "value-added" rankings of New York City teachers based on...

No More Gross 'Pink Slime' Meat For Students

Posted 03.22.2012 | New York

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City's schools chancellor says the city will stop serving ammonia-treated ground beef in the fall. Chancellor Dennis Walco...

94 Percent Of Arrested Students Are Black Or Latino

Posted 12.01.2011 | New York

An average of 1 New York City student is arrested by the NYPD every day, according to a new report. And of those arrested, 88 percent are male and 94 ...

Bloomberg Warns Of Likely School Bus Driver Strike

Posted 11.18.2011 | New York

Mayor Bloomberg called for an emergency press conference on Friday to address a possible immediate strike by the city's school bus drivers over a disa...