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bill de blasio
July 6, 2016
Under pressure from advocates, city inches toward district-wide integration plan
Top officials are considering a plan to better integrate schools in Manhattan's District 1. Advocates say that's a sign of progress, yet some want the city to go further.
it's a deal
June 17, 2016
It’s a deal: Lawmakers agree to extend mayoral control of New York City schools by one year
Lawmakers agreed to a one-year extension of mayoral control of New York City schools Friday night, a short-term deal that represents a swipe at Mayor Bill de Blasio.
wheeling and dealing
June 16, 2016
Lawmakers nearing a deal extending mayoral control for one year, sources say
State lawmakers are poised to agree to a one-year extension of mayoral control of New York City schools, sources said Thursday evening.
speaking of segregation
June 16, 2016
De Blasio takes heat on school integration policies
City Councilman Ritchie Torres challenged de Blasio's claim that the city's affordable housing plan will foster school desegregation.
June 14, 2016
As 12 early community schools face funding cuts, advocates question city’s long-term commitment
In New York City, an unexpected fight has flared up between proponents of social service-filled “community schools” and the administration of Mayor Bill de…
June 9, 2016
City unveils new report cards for schools serving high-needs students
“Some of them could and should be more nuanced, but I think they’re valuable nonetheless,” said Maggie Moroff, a special education expert at Advocates for Children.
June 7, 2016
Leader of community school movement: New York is changing how cities think about addressing poverty
"I think Mayor de Blasio influenced what [Philadelphia] Mayor [Jim] Kenney is doing, what [Mayor] Ras Baraka is going to do in Newark. So we have a rising tide."
June 1, 2016
Success Academy charter network cancels classes after losing fight to offer pre-K on its own terms
The pre-K battle marks the latest chapter in an ongoing feud between Mayor Bill de Blasio and Success CEO Eva Moskowitz, and one of Moskowitz’s only public losses.
May 11, 2016
‘Algebra for All’ will launch with online community and added planning time for some New York City teachers
Education officials released new details this week about how it will prepare educators to fulfill Mayor Bill de Blasio’s sweeping “Algebra for All” initiative.
the tenure track
May 6, 2016
Exclusive: Teacher tenure approvals tick up, continuing a de Blasio-era shift
Sixty-four percent of eligible teachers were granted tenure during the 2014-15 school year, up from 60 percent the year before.
May 5, 2016
Senate leader warns de Blasio: Mayoral control isn’t a done deal
John Flanagan accused Mayor Bill de Blasio of showing “a disturbing lack of personal knowledge about city schools” in a sharply worded press release Thursday.
who rules the schools
May 5, 2016
De Blasio faces little pushback at first mayoral control hearing
Mayor Bill de Blasio returned to Albany to plead for continued control of city schools, encountering a slightly friendlier audience than he did last year.
a growing challenge
April 26, 2016
As homeless population swells, New York City will add more health clinics at schools
The mayor’s new initiative will use $19.5 million to build health clinics at up to 13 campuses that house large elementary schools where many students live in shelters.
April 20, 2016
As New York City’s suspension rate falls, some educators see a parallel dip in discipline
Some teachers say schools are not giving suspensions even when they're warranted, and their union says teachers need more training and support.
how low will they go?
March 31, 2016
School suspensions continue to drop sharply under de Blasio
Schools gave out 31 percent fewer suspensions in the first half of this school year than they did in 2014.
By the numbers
March 10, 2016
As city gears up for year three of its pre-K expansion, applications hold steady
The total number of applications — more than 68,000 — is in line with last year’s total. But the Bronx and Manhattan both saw drops.
February 18, 2016
As de Blasio pushes fewer suspensions, advocacy group attacks school safety record
An advocacy group known for its opposition to de Blasio’s education policies says the mayor misled the public about a drop in violence in New York City schools.
February 17, 2016
After navigating leadership change at City Hall, New Visions prepares for one of its own
New Visions for Public Schools President Robert Hughes ran a school-system-within-a-school-system. Now, he's moving to the Gates Foundation.
equity and excellence
February 9, 2016
New details emerge in de Blasio’s ‘Equity and Excellence’ agenda
This spring, the city will hire 100 “Single Shepherds” slated to work with students in Districts 7 and 23 to help them graduate and prepare for college.
computer science for all
January 29, 2016
Kicking off ‘Computer Science for All,’ city will add AP classes, software programs
New York City’s plan to provide a computer science education to its 1.1 million students will kick off next year in at least 50 schools.
January 27, 2016
Fariña holds firm on mayoral control as Republicans take shots at de Blasio
Testifying before state lawmakers, Fariña said that her long career in education has taught her that bureaucracies “do harm education.”
making his case
January 26, 2016
Arguing for mayoral control, de Blasio sparks a spat over charter school funding
“We hold a basic belief that every single child in this state is equally important,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said.
the first draft
January 21, 2016
De Blasio’s spending plan would hike budgets at more than 650 schools
His $82.1 billion city budget proposal, released Thursday, shows how the city plans to achieve the education goals de Blasio laid out last fall.
December 23, 2015
City teachers could see paid parental leave next year
Mayor de Blasio said the city is poised to “immediately enter talks” with the municipal unions like the UFT to extend the benefit.
students with disabilities
December 21, 2015
Investigation slams city over accommodations for students with disabilities
The office of Preet Bharara details inadequate school entrances and alarm systems that keep physically disabled students from attending their local elementary schools.
rhetoric and realism
December 3, 2015
Renewal schools get three years to meet one-year goals, clashing with mayor’s rhetoric
The goals raise questions about the extent and pace of change that education officials expect to result from the nearly $400 million turnaround program.
By the numbers
December 1, 2015
Often cited by officials, ‘Renewal’ school goals are hard to find
The city has refused to release one-page goal lists that it gave 94 struggling schools this spring. Instead, it has pointed parents to lengthy improvement plans online.
mental health 'crisis'
November 23, 2015
City’s new mental health plan includes 100 school health workers and focus on pre-K
New York City’s efforts to improve mental health services in schools will reach many more students by 2017, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday.
November 19, 2015
Bloomberg’s early school closures benefitted future students, new study finds
A new study found that former Mayor Bloomberg’s policy of closing bottom-ranked high schools didn't hurt their own students and benefitted those who came after.
November 18, 2015
City postpones controversial plan to rezone two Upper West Side schools
The city postponed a contentious rezoning proposal Wednesday on the Upper West Side, extending a months long saga over two deeply divided schools.
November 13, 2015
De Blasio faces questions about class size, discipline, and testing at town hall
Members of the public grilled the mayor on crowded classes and school discipline during a two-hour-plus education forum Thursday night.
November 6, 2015
De Blasio: City must respect families’ investments amid school diversity debates
“You have to also respect families who have made a decision to live in a certain area oftentimes because of a specific school,” Mayor de Blasio said.
Behind the numbers
November 5, 2015
As de Blasio aims for algebra in every middle school, can he avoid these common pitfalls?
With his recent announcement, De Blasio is hoping to avoid the pitfalls of previous algebra for all efforts.
November 3, 2015
De Blasio official touts school choice as a solution to segregation, echoing Bloomberg
Critics who consider the idea of a high-performing but highly segregated school system unrealistic have grown increasingly wary of the overlap.
October 22, 2015
Yes, any teacher can help the city spread computer science. No, not any training will do
Eric Allatta, who leads New York City's computer science education meetup group, has a story that he says proves you don’t need a computer science degree to get started.
October 21, 2015
This time, teachers take the political stand in charter school battle
Two weeks after a massive charter school rally attended by students and parents across the city, thousands of teachers took to Foley Square to send a similar message.
October 21, 2015
Do schools need to tackle poverty or boost teaching? In that debate, Buery calls for truce
“I think for a long time in our society we have used those set of challenges as an excuse not to do anything ... I think often we overcompensate now."
October 20, 2015
Mulgrew: It’s helpful to have a foe in City Hall, but better to have an ally
The teachers union’s improved relationship with City Hall has come with ample benefits, but also stripped it of a useful organizing strategy, Mulgrew said Tuesday.
October 7, 2015
De Blasio takes heat from politicians, parents at charter school rally
On the steps of City Hall following Wednesday’s charter school rally, the Bronx borough president had strong words for Mayor Bill de Blasio.
A visit from the mayor
October 1, 2015
After rocky start in new turnaround program, a Brooklyn school is spotlighted by the mayor
An excited murmur pulsed through the line of parents waiting to enter Brooklyn Generation School for “family night” Wednesday evening.
September 24, 2015
Why computer science? The story behind the city’s flashiest new education initiative
The path to de Blasio’s announcement spans two mayoral administrations, a few big donors, and a gaggle of smaller pilot projects.
the education agenda
September 16, 2015
Looking beyond pre-K, de Blasio unveils wide-ranging education agenda with big goals
Mayor Bill de Blasio’s agenda-setting speech Wednesday could have been titled: What comes after pre-K? In a word, his answer was college.
a new plan
September 16, 2015
Your guide to de Blasio’s announcement, with new goals for grad rate, coding for all
De Blasio recently laid out a host of new education initiatives, and a goal of having all second-graders reading on grade level with the help of new reading specialists.
September 16, 2015
What do Bronx parents want from Mayor de Blasio?
In short: To attend to crowded classrooms and outdated textbooks, add more after-school programs, and encourage more district-charter school collaboration.
September 15, 2015
Cheating allegations rise under de Blasio, continuing a Bloomberg-era trend
The allegations come as the city has scrambled to respond to a string of reports this year involving academic fraud and grade inflation.
September 11, 2015
De Blasio to give ‘important’ education speech Wednesday
The mayor hinted that he would soon have education news to share while on his first-day-of-school tour this week, when he focused his remarks on pre-kindergarten.
a five-borough tour
September 9, 2015
On her 50th first day, New York City chancellor tours schools carrying out her vision
Chancellor Carmen Fariña stopped at “community schools,” dual-language programs, pre-kindergarten sites, and her old school on Wednesday.
Back to school
September 9, 2015
De Blasio kicks off school year with pre-K praise; acknowledges school diversity concerns
“I believe we have a long history that we’re trying to overcome in this city and in this country of division,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said.
September 9, 2015
Five big questions facing New York City schools as a new year begins
Will the “Renewal” program make inroads? What will come of the push for more family engagement? And how will the de Blasio administration campaign for mayoral control?
September 8, 2015
As pre-K ranks grow again, city puts new focus on those who are absent
New York City is close to its goal of offering a pre-K seat to every four-year-old. Making sure that most of those seats are full every day is another challenge.
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