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Rise & Shine: 14 of 20 teachers facing layoff at troubled school

The day in layoffs:

  • Troubled Columbia Secondary School would lose 14 of its 20 teachers to seniority layoffs. (NY1)
  • The teachers and principals unions criticized the city’s layoff plans and tactics. (Daily News, NY1, WNYC)
  • Mayor Bloomberg again said teacher layoffs could happen even if the city gets additional state aid. (WSJ)
  • A group of young teachers launched a petition to keep “last in, first out” layoff rules. (GothamSchools)
  • Michelle Rhee explains her support for the New York State bill that would end seniority layoffs. (Post)
  • The Daily News says Gov. Cuomo should use his budget to support ending “last in, first out” rules.

In other news:

  • Parents and community members lambasted Chancellor Cathie Black in Williamsburg. (Brooklyn Paper)
  • A Queens warehouse is filled with art supplies and goods free for the taking by public schools. (Times)
  • The city announced it won’t close PS 114 after all. (GothamSchools, Post, NY1, WSJ, Daily News, WNYC)
  • New York City would be exempt from Gov. Cuomo’s proposed superintendent salary cap. (WSJ, Times)
  • Now that the city plans to detox schools, the Environmental Protection Agency is stopping tests. (WSJ)
  • But first, the EPA revealed that it had detected high PCB levels at East New York’s PS 306. (WNYC)