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June 21, 2018
In union defeat, lawmakers end session without revamping teacher evaluation law
New York lawmakers went home for the summer without overhauling a controversial teacher evaluation law that ties state test scores to educator ratings.
June 12, 2018
Senate Majority Leader proposes new teacher evaluation bill — but it comes with charter school concessions
Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan released an overhaul teacher evaluations — but it has strings attached that will make it hard for some lawmakers to accept.
one small step for de Blasio
June 6, 2018
Mayor Bill de Blasio’s specialized high school proposal clears one (small) hurdle
A bill to overhaul admissions at New York City’s premier high schools passed the Assembly education committee — but debate over the controversial plan has just begun.
let the games begin
June 4, 2018
In Albany circus, can Mayor Bill de Blasio get specialized high school legislation passed?
Experts and politicians agree that, with less than a month left in the legislative session, the change is unlikely to happen this year but it could happen next year.
hitting a snag
May 8, 2018
New York’s State Senate Majority Leader doesn’t endorse teacher evaluation legislation – but doesn’t rule out action either
With his statement, Flanagan leaves the door open for passing a bill this session, but possibly with changes or strings attached.
one chamber down
May 2, 2018
The Assembly passed a new teacher evaluation plan. Here’s how it may — and may not — impact New York City
If the bill clears the legislature, little will likely change for New York City educators.
May 1, 2018
‘You’re going to see a lot of me’: Carranza promises to be a presence among Albany lawmakers
Carranza traveled to New York’s capital to attend the state’s Senate and Assembly education committee meetings.
let the games begin
Updated April 27, 2018
Here’s where the key players stand in New York’s renewed teacher evaluation battle
In order to explain the behind-the-scenes teacher evaluations dynamics, we broke down where each player stands.
it's a deal
March 30, 2018
The final answer: School spending gets a billion-dollar boost
Lawmakers reached a deal on a state budget late Friday night.
to the left to the left
January 9, 2018
Teachers unions are ‘thrilled’ by Gov. Cuomo’s education agenda, but school funding remains in play
As Cuomo seeks re-election and maybe a presidential bid, he has championed progressive values. Advocates wonder whether that will turn into more funding for education.
the final countdown
March 28, 2017
State legislators are down to the wire to pass the budget. Here are the education items to watch
By the end of the week, lawmakers (may) have a deal on the big education funding issues facing the state, including how much to spend…
March 14, 2017
Assembly budget invests in college tuition, rejects governor’s ‘repeal’ of foundation aid
The Democrat-controlled Assembly made its education positions known on Monday night when it released its budget bill.
mayoral control clash
May 18, 2016
De Blasio skips Senate hearing, angering lawmakers with mayoral control on the line
The mayor decided not to attend a mayoral control hearing on Thursday, drawing criticism from the lawmakers that stand in the way of a long-term extension.
March 16, 2016
City education budget needs $171M more than governor proposes, report says
According to an analysis released Wednesday by the IBO, the mayor’s proposed education budget includes $171 million more than the governor’s proposal.
January 29, 2013
Mulgrew faces legislators, as Walcott promises to revisit sunset
ALBANY — Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan kept her promise to question UFT President Michael Mulgrew with the same tenacity as when she interrogated Mayor Bloomberg on Monday. Nolan chastised Bloomberg for his role in New York City's failure to reach a teacher evaluation deal, which will likely cost the city $240 million in state school aid. Today, she told Mulgrew, "This is the fault of labor and management together." Nolan chairs the Assembly's education committee and usually sympathizes with the union on education issues. "It is unbelievable to me that this union, with its great history, could not negotiate this deal," Nolan added as she questioned Mulgrew, whose testimony before the legislature was supposed to be about the 2013-2014 state budget but focused instead on the failed evaluation deal and issues surrounding upcoming assessments aligned to new standards. Mulgrew and Chancellor Dennis Walcott, whose testimony earlier in the day generated less confrontation, both told the legislature that they are open to resuming negotiations. Walcott even conceded that a misunderstanding could have fueled one major issue preventing a deal.
March 16, 2012
Behind the surprising late-night teacher evaluation bill approval
When revisions to the state's teacher evaluation law came before the State Senate late Wednesday night, not a single senator cast a "no" vote. That's because nearly all of the Senate Democrats had walked out of the Senate chambers to protest a controversial redistricting deal. While they were out, Senate Republicans made quick work of bills that had already been approved by the Assembly. That included the teacher and principal evaluation bill. The situation meant that the evaluations bill garnered just 36 "yes" votes. Just four of those votes came from senators who represent the city. Two were from the city's two Republican state senators and two were from two Democrats who are part of an independent caucus. In the Assembly, the bill passed 91 to 49 and found only scarce opposition from city representatives. About half of the Assembly members from outside of New York City voted against the bill, but just six of the city's 64 Assembly representatives voted against the bill.
June 17, 2009
Assembly members vote for mayoral control despite misgivings
ALBANY, N.Y. — After roughly an hour of debate, the State Assembly overwhelmingly voted to extend mayoral control until 2015 today, tossing the bill into the lap of a fractured and fractious Senate. The bill, which was introduced by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver last Sunday, renews the current system of school governance, but with minor changes. It maintains the core of mayoral control, authorizing the mayor to appoint the majority of the 13 members to the citywide school board and giving him latitude to dismiss board members at his pleasure. The bill does include some checks on the mayor's power, such as beefed up oversight of the Department of Education's data, and the requirement that all no-bid contracts over $1 million be approved by the PEP. Before the vote, Assembly members rose and offered their own opinions on the bill, many of which followed the simple formula of praising mayoral control as a system of school governance, stating they would vote for the bill, and then listing their concerns. Many described the bill as imperfect but said they were satisfied that it addressed issues of transparency and parental involvement. "Am I completely happy with it? Of course not," said Assemblyman Peter Rivera. "But I think it's a great beginning."
February 6, 2009
Chancellor Klein's testimony, for those playing along at home
Were you somehow unable not to make today's mayoral control hearing? Don't worry! You can still read Chancellor Joel Klein's testimony in its entirety right here on GothamSchools, courtesy of the Department of Education:
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