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Dennis Walcott

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.

Strike Cost The City A Pretty Penny

AP | COLLEEN LONG | Posted 02.19.2013 | New York

NEW YORK -- The city spent roughly $20.6 million in transit cards, taxis and gas mileage to get tens of thousands of stranded students to school durin...

NYC School Bus Strike Is OVER

AP | KAREN MATTHEWS and EILEEN AJ CONNELLY | Posted 04.18.2013 | New York

NEW YORK — The monthlong school bus strike that affected tens of thousands of children in the nation's largest school district ended Friday, aft...

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.

City, Union Blame Each Other For Deal Failure, Potential $450M Loss

AP | KAREN MATTHEWS | Posted 01.18.2013 | Education

NEW YORK -- The city and its teachers' union can't agree on how to evaluate the educators, an impasse that has put the nation's largest school distric...

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 ...

THE STRIKE BEGINS

AP | KAREN MATTHEWS | Posted 03.18.2013 | New York

NEW YORK — Tens of thousands of New York City children who usually ride school buses took subways, taxis and private cars to school Wednesday as...

NYC School Bus Strike Is Happening

AP | VERENA DOBNIK | Posted 03.16.2013 | New York

NEW YORK — A strike by New York City school bus drivers that had been threatened for weeks will start Wednesday morning, affecting 152,000 stude...

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...

Should Teachers And Students Be Facebook Friends?

AP | KAREN MATTHEWS | Posted 06.18.2012 | Education

NEW YORK — Should students and teachers ever be friends on Facebook? School districts across the country, including the nation's largest, are we...