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Rise & Shine: State budget deal preserves cuts, layoff rules

News from New York City:

  • A tentative state budget deal would limit school funding and leave seniority rules intact. (Times, WSJ)
  • Mayor Bloomberg said the budget’s smaller school budget cuts would still require teacher layoffs.
  • It had become clear that Cuomo’s revised budget wouldn’t include “last in, first out” changes. (Post)
  • A new, progressive district school won’t open this fall after the city reallocated its space to KIPP. (Times)
  • PS 146 in East Harlem bars teachers from communicating with parents without school permission. (Post)
  • Deputy chancellor Marc Sternberg’s son is one of many children waitlisted for popular schools. (Times)
  • PS 114’s supporters say the school could lose its best space to the charter school that’s moving in. (Post)
  • After complaints, Brooklyn’s PS 29 says it will reinstate a daily Pledge of Allegiance. (Daily News, WNYC)
  • State law requires the city to give pay increases to teachers even under an expired contract. (Post)
  • New York State’s teachers union spent $3.8 million on conferences last year. (Daily News)
  • Backers of the failed DREAM Act to give citizenship to college graduates are trying again locally. (NY1)
  • Private companies say they can rid schools of PCBs faster than the city, and for less money. (Daily News)

And beyond:

  • Analysis of Washington, D.C., test scores found high erasure rates at a top-scoring school. (USA Today)
  • President Obama said his education law would potentially reduce the frequency of state testing. (AP)
  • Los Angeles is going forward with its controversial value-added teacher evaluation formula. (L.A. Times)
  • Under pressure, Steve Barr is leaving Green Dot, the charter school chain he started. (GS, Times)
  • Chicago’s interim schools chief spent a recent meeting defending a school breakfast program. (Times)
  • Los Angeles’s new schools chief asked for a pay cut to $275,000 from a potential $330,000. (L.A. Times)
  • The Times says New Jersey’s school funding situation seems unconstitutional and unfair to students.
  • Nationally, principals of struggling schools removed under federal rules often find new, better jobs. (AP)
  • A school in Philadelphia is taking aggressive measures to battle students’ bad eating habits. (Times)

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