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Rise & Shine: Parsing a speech that was jammed with education

  • 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)

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