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Rise & Shine: City vows closer scrutiny for high school scores

News from New York City:

  • The city says it will audit high school grades and test scores better. (Times, Daily News, Post, NY1)
  • Mayor Bloomberg said new revenues wouldn’t necessarily reduce layoffs. (Post, Daily News)
  • New small schools are likely to be disproportionately affected by layoffs. (Post)
  • Stany Leblanc, an excellent second-year teacher in the Bronx, could be laid off this year. (WSJ)
  • The heads of the state’s four other city districts have signed on to oppose “last in, first out” rules. (Post)
  • City Council Education Committee Chair Robert Jackson led a budget cut protest in Albany. (NY1)
  • The city is halving plans to build new school seats in the next five years. (Post, Daily News)
  • The Viscardi School teaches the city curriculum with adjustments for students’ severe disabilities. (Times)
  • Insiders pin the state’s inflated test scores on former Education Commissioner Richard Mills. (Post)
  • Cathie Black has scheduled a meeting with parents for the same time as a UFT parent meeting. (Post)
  • Former school safety agents say in a discrimination lawsuit that headquarters is full of debauchery. (Post)
  • A top Los Angeles teacher says city parents should know their children’s teachers’ scores. (Daily News)
  • The Daily News says schools’ discrimination is why few minority students enter specialized high schools.
  • The Post says Cathie Black was silly to support suspending a student who wrote “kick me” on a Post-it.

And beyond:

  • Gov. Cuomo wants districts to share services but has proposed cutting incentives to do so. (Times)
  • New York’s 3020-a process for teachers accused of misconduct is costly and slow. (Times-Union)
  • Detroit is planning to close half its schools and raise high school class sizes to 60. (WSJ)
  • Autistic students at an Edison, N.J., school run a coffee shop to raise money for their classes. (Times)
  • High-performing public schools in Los Angeles are converting to become charter schools. (AP)
  • Charter schools in Texas might soon get access to low-rate loans that public schools can get. (Times)
  • To manage shrinking budgets, Bay Area schools are cutting gifted programs. (Times)
  • The labor-management conference gave districts a rare opportunity to show off. (Washington Post)

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