- Mayor Bloomberg made education a focus of his State of the City speech. (GothamSchools, Times, Post)
- One controversial plan would give highly rated teachers a $20,000 raise. (Daily News, WSJ, DNAInfo)
- Another proposal, meant to restart federal funds, would essentially close 33 schools. (GothamSchools)
- Bloomberg emphasized that he would not wait for union approval before making changes. (NY1, WNYC)
- Chancellor Walcott gave little hint of new plans when he spoke in Gravesend Wednesday. (Capital NY)
- The Daily News says the speech shows that both Bloomberg and Cuomo have the right attitude.
- The Post says Bloomberg’s “bold gambit” to sidestep the UFT was a high point of the speech.
- The Post also says a teacher found to have faked excuse notes exemplifies the need for new evaluations.
- Longer school days have started at some Chicago schools with many questions still wide open. (Times)