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Noteworthy: No Federal Sanctions for New York Opt-out

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 08.24.2016 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

Test-centered American public education has had its day, and based upon the growing appeal to parents of opting their children out of mandated tests, that day has more than passed.

Will New York State Flunk Most of the Class of 2022?

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 08.16.2016 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

Sure, there is no proof that passing a Regents exam aligned to Common Core will deliver on the ad nauseam "college and career readiness" Common Core advocates promise. There is also no proof that scoring well on a Regents Common Core exam means little more than mastering taking that exam.

New York Teachers: I Asked Weingarten About the Hochul Robocall

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 06.27.2015 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

Even though Hochul was listed separately on the ballot in the primary, Weingarten acknowledged in her September 8, 2014, robocall that she was performing the call on behalf of the Democratic Party -- and the Democratic Party considered Hochul to complete the Cuomo re-election ticket.

To Merryl Tisch: Take Responsibility for the Ted Morris Charter Con

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 01.31.2015 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

Ted J. Morris, Jr. has been exposed -- and with him both NYSED's and Regents' failure to properly investigate the charters they have approved.

The Regents Aren't Listening to Parents About the Common Core

Nicholas Tampio | Posted 04.27.2014 | New York
Nicholas Tampio

Parents don't need to hear a sales pitch for the Common Core. We see every night what the Common Core entails. My son has not had any science or history homework this year. Instead, he has had a mind-numbing amount of drills for Common Core tests.

Questions About Common Core -- NYS Education Officials Do Not Want to Hear About It

Alan Singer | Posted 04.05.2014 | New York
Alan Singer

As far as I can see, there is little real discussion going on about the Common Core standards. Politicians and corporations who are selling the standards to the public and forcing it on teachers and schools ignore both supportive suggestions and opposition.

The "Wisdom" of Pearson's Pineapple Passage

Alan Singer | Posted 07.10.2012 | Education
Alan Singer

If Pearson and Merryl Tisch were teachers being evaluated based on lesson of the pineapple, hare, and owl, they would both be rated "Unsatisfactory."

62 NY Schools Flagged For Cheating Based On Erasure Analysis Once Deemed Too Pricey

The New York Times | Sharon Otterman | Posted 11.26.2011 | Education

Cheating scandals have been rolling up the East Coast like a hurricane this year, from Atlanta to Washington, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. In New Y...

New York Matters: Mayoral Control and Denial

John C. Fager | Posted 11.01.2011 | Education
John C. Fager

What happens in the NYC school system has national implications because the city has been a testing ground for so-called new reforms. It is important for the nation to know that this past year was a very disillusioning one.

Joy Resmovits

New York State Scrutinizing The Way It Tests Students | Joy Resmovits | Posted 10.02.2011 | Education

NEW YORK -- New York State officials say they are taking the integrity of student testing very seriously. The state's schools chief, John King, Jr....

Joy Resmovits

How Should New York Measure Teachers? | Joy Resmovits | Posted 07.16.2011 | Education

NEW YORK -- As different states seek their own methods for evaluating a profession whose job security has long been determined by experience rather th...

Joy Resmovits

NY Education Commissioner David Steiner To Resign | Joy Resmovits | Posted 06.07.2011 | New York

NEW YORK -- First the city, now the state. Just hours after the news broke that New York City Schools Chancellor Cathie Black was stepping down, t...

Will Steiner Waver on Cathie Black's Waiver?

Henry J. Stern | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Henry J. Stern

The prospect for the granting of a waiver to Cathie Black so she can serve as New York City's school chancellor may have dimmed a bit in the last two days.

Long Island Teachers Are Perplexed and Angry

Alan Singer | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Alan Singer

No one is going to jeopardize his or her bonus or job to teach topics that are not being tested.

Race to the Top and Charter School Autonomy

Thomas W. Carroll | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Thomas W. Carroll

In an unintended consequence of Race to the Top, as states seek to implement its highly prescriptive set of favored policies, charter school autonomy may become an innocent victim.

New York State School Leadership Fiasco: The Illusion of Rigor

David A. Singer | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
David A. Singer

This past week the New York State Education Department released the scores of proficiency tests in math and English. The "proficiency" level of students in New York has plummeted through the floor.

History's Not History Yet

Alan Singer | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Alan Singer

You would expect the members of the New York Board of Regents to have some experience with and commitment to public education. Well, they don't.

New York Falls Short on Race to the Top

Thomas W. Carroll | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Thomas W. Carroll

This week, as the deadline approached for filing New York's application for $700 million in federal Race to the Top Dollars, the New York State Legislature did nothing. That's right, nothing.

Race to the Top Officially Starts: Will NY's "Data Firewall" Hurt Its Chances?

Thomas W. Carroll | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Thomas W. Carroll

Given New York's fiscal troubles -- Governor David Paterson has warned that the state could run out of money as early as December -- this is not a competition the state can afford to lose.

Gov. Paterson Forfeits Leadership Role in Race to the Top; Will Anyone Step Forward?

Thomas W. Carroll | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Thomas W. Carroll

The governor's inaction -- perhaps disinterest -- in whether New York has a shot at hundreds of millions of dollars in federal education aid underscores the current vacuum on educational issues.

Schumer's Role in "Race to the Top": Is the Fix In?

Thomas W. Carroll | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Thomas W. Carroll

For months, rumors have circulated Chuck Schumer has received assurances from the administration that New York will receive a "round one" grant -- as much as $350 million for the cash-strapped state.