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Rise & Shine: Wide wealth gaps among city school PTAs

News from New York City:

  • PTAs around the city vary widely in how much they raise and can spend. (Daily News)
  • Educators 4 Excellence is among many ed policy groups to get Gates Foundation funds. (Times)
  • Mayor Bloomberg is under fire over the comments he made about parents. (Times, Daily News, NY1)
  • He also reassured a kindergarten teacher with five years’ experience she won’t be a laid off. (Post)
  • Special education policy changes have led to a backlog in evaluations. (GothamSchools)
  • East New York school marching band members were abandoned on their way to a festival. (Daily News)
  • Students at PS 181 in East Flatbush are enjoying a playground they designed themselves. (Daily News)
  • Albor Ruiz: Cutting after-school programs now will cost even more in the future. (Daily News)

And beyond:

  • President Obama used his weekly radio spot to say that incentives can turn schools around. (AP)
  • A portrait of Bridgeport High School in Washington State, where Obama didn’t opt to visit. (Times)
  • Michelle Rhee and George Parker, D.C.’s former union chief, are teaming up for reform. (Times)
  • Los Angeles’s teachers union is seeking a court order to stop new teacher evaluations. (L.A. Times)
  • Levittown, Penn., epitomizes the performance and budget troubles facing American schools. (Times)
  • A Connecticut teacher offers a 5-week class on current events after the AP history exam is over. (Times)
  • Some school districts are turning to online lessons to make up school days cancelled due to snow. (AP)

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