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Rise & Shine: Union, city head to court over teacher ratings

  • The city plans to shut 26 schools next year, the most it’s ever tried to close at once. (GS, DN, WSJ, NY1)
  • Students at Kennedy High School, targeted for closure, say their school is improving. (NY1)
  • The “work” alternatives to the rubber room still leave many reassigned teachers idle. (Times)
  • Chancellor-to-be Cathie Black said she doesn’t know if she’d send her kids to public school today. (DN)
  • Black also has yet to meet with teachers union President Michael Mulgrew. (Post)
  • The Daily News argues Black has her education policy priorities straight.
  • The city and teachers union head to court today over the release of teacher ratings. (NPR)
  • A Brooklyn principal says the reports can be useful but does not think they should be public. (WNYC)
  • NEA President Dennis Van Roekel argues against the release of the reports. (Daily News)
  • Five other cities take varied approaches to using teacher value-added data. (WNYC)
  • The city is joining a Gates-funded initiative to boost sharing between charter and district schools. (NY1)
  • City officials asked for more time before beginning PCB clean-up at some schools. (Wall Street Journal)
  • The city is appealing a judge’s ruling that it must bus middle school students on Staten Island. (NY1)
  • One-quarter of Manhattan’s gun-possession defendants are high-school age or younger. (Post)
  • New Jersey’s teachers union proposed a plan to make it easier to fire teachers. (Wall Street Journal)
  • Compton, Ca. parents became the first to invoke a “parent trigger” for charter school takeover. (Times)