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Rise & Shine: Mayor focused on ending 'last-in, first-out' rules

Today:

  • Ending “last-in first-out” teacher hiring rules is at the top of the mayor’s agenda in Albany. (WSJ)
  • Participation in a prestigious science competition has fallen 75 percent since 1998. (Post)
  • The state agency that supervises higher ed schools isn’t shutting down unlicensed ones. (Daily News)
  • The Archdiocese of New York is closing 13 city schools, six of them in the Bronx. (Daily News)
  • Mayor Bloomberg’s school comments earned him boos at an MLK Day celebration. (CBS)
  • Bloomberg is still trying to put Cathie Black’s recent birth control comments behind him. (Post)
  • State assemblyman: The public jumped on Black’s birth control quip, but ignores the abortion rate. (Post)
  • Readers say Black needs to have more control when talking to the public. (Post)
  • As we reported last week, Explore Excel Charter School is planning to replace P.S. 114. (Post)
  • Readers respond to a piece about the New American Academy’s rough beginnings. (Times)
  • A New Jersey schoolteacher debated reforms with Gov. Chris Christie via Twitter. (Post)

Here:

  • Leadership failure appears to have caused Columbia Secondary School its recent troubles. (Times)
  • The new English Regents exam is shorter and requires less writing. (Post)
  • Fallout continues over Cathie Black’s birth control quip. (NY1, Post, Daily News)
  • Bloomberg says Black’s comment came out of inexperience with the public sector. (Post, Daily News)
  • The Post says Black has little room for error and must watch her words in the future.
  • Michael Daly: Black is a true chancellor, in the Latin sense of the word. (Daily News)
  • The Post says Randi Weingarten’s departure benefits from the UFT were excessive and unusual.
  • The Beacon HS teacher who resigned after taking students to Cuba now works in New Orleans. (Times)
  • Families worked together to open a new play space for children with special needs. (Daily News)
  • The city is planning to build a new school in Kensington, but some think it should go elsewhere. (Post)
  • A city philanthropist has stepped in to save Chess-in-the-Schools. (WSJ)
  • The briefly banned student play that criticizes Joel Klein’s leadership was staged Friday. (Daily News)
  • Wall Street’s Finance Museum offers students the chance to practice real-life budgeting. (NY1)
  • The Post says Gov. Cuomo should start his push to reinvent government by ending “last in, first out” rules.

Elsewhere:

  • Implementing the California law that lets parents revamp schools is proving complicated. (L.A. Times)
  • A Gates Foundation analyst says budget cuts are an opportunity to computerize instruction. (NPR)
  • Newark is using a teacher training model that uses students as instructors. (Times)
  • N.J. Gov. Chris Christie wants school districts to open special schools for autistic students. (Times)
  • Miami-Dade schools are following a class size reduction law by operating virtual classrooms. (Times)
  • In Miami, Haitian students who enrolled after the earthquake were wealthy and high-performing. (Times)
  • The Times comes out against Arizona’s new law banning Latino ethnic studies classes.
  • Nick Kristoff: Chinese are less impressed by their school system than Americans are. (Times)
  • D.C.’s mayor says the teacher evaluation system is unfair to teachers in high-poverty schools. (WaPo)
  • A Maryland father robocalls the school board that robocalled him at 4:30 a.m. (WaPo)
  • Texas’s senior teachers are protected from layoffs by “continuing contracts,” like tenure. (Times)
  • An upstate math teacher’s lessons on making math physical have gone viral. (Times)

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