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Rise & Shine: State-city showdown over seniority layoff rules

“Last in, first out” news:

  • Gov. Cuomo won’t heed Mayor Bloomberg’s call to wrap repeal of “last in, first out” into his budget. (Post)
  • But the state might be weighing a plan to let Bloomberg fire some teachers, including ATRs. (Post)
  • The current budget would cut all teachers hired since 2006, Bloomberg said. (Times, NY1, Daily News)
  • That number is probably 15,000, but could be as high as 21,000 teachers, he said. (WSJ)
  • Meet a young teacher (who belongs to Educators 4 Excellence) who would be laid off. (Post)

Also in New York City:

  • The city twice assigned a weak student to high school, then sent her back to eighth grade. (Daily News)
  • Schools that already weren’t providing required ESL instruction are cutting ESL classes. (Daily News)
  • The city is trying desperately to fire a top-paid teacher who is not allowed near students. (Post)
  • Speaking in London, Joel Klein said it’s easier to prosecute murderers than fire bad teachers. (Post)
  • The former president of the PTA at Brooklyn’s PS 29 is suspected of stealing $100,000. (Daily News)
  • The city’s closure hearing at Brooklyn’s PS 114 turned rowdy on Friday night. (NY1)
  • Prospect Heights parents protested against plans to reshuffle schools in the neighborhood. (NY1)
  • The Daily News says the PEP allowing a charter school on the Upper West Side is a moral issue.
  • Chris Whittle, the persistent for-profit schools investor, will open a new private school next year. (WSJ)
  • Twenty-five years after the Challenger shuttle disaster, the city offers space instruction. (NY1)


  • A proposed law would give Mass. parents time off work to help their children in school. (Boston Globe)
  • D.C. chief Kaya Henderson’s task: Do what Michelle Rhee did, without backlash. (Washington Post)
  • Some of the revamped AP courses are launching this year, but U.S. History is not. (Times)
  • Schools are dealing with ongoing emotional fallout from parents’ job losses. (Times)
  • George Will says American schools are falling hopelessly behind the rest of the world’s. (Post)