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August 23, 2016
What does California’s teacher tenure ruling mean for New York? Depends whom you ask.
New York's teachers unions say the ruling bolsters their defense of the state's tenure laws, while their opponents say it does not affect a legal challenge to those laws.
March 12, 2015
Legal challenge to tenure clears hurdle, union vows to fight back
A Staten Island judge denied the city, state, and both teachers unions' motions to dismiss the lawsuit challenging New York's teacher tenure protections.
January 14, 2015
After court arguments, judge puts off decision in teacher tenure case
It’s now a waiting game for those fighting and observing the legal challenge to teacher job protections in New York. After nearly two…
January 13, 2015
Here’s what to expect as the teacher-tenure fight heads to court
A hearing set for Wednesday could be the jumping-off point for a long court battle over teacher tenure or spell the end of the case…
December 8, 2014
Legal fight over teacher tenure continues
The legal fight over job protections for New York teachers is continuing, as the lawyers for the parent plaintiffs have filed a formal rebuttal to…
October 29, 2014
NYSUT, following UFT, asks court to dismiss lawsuit challenging teacher tenure
The state teachers union is joining the city’s union in asking the court to toss out a lawsuit challenging teacher tenure laws in New York…
October 28, 2014
UFT asks court to toss lawsuit challenging teacher tenure
The city teachers union has taken another step to thwart a high-profile lawsuit against teacher tenure in New York State, asking the court to throw out…
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September 11, 2014
Two teacher tenure lawsuits are combined, but not in harmony
Two teacher tenure lawsuits have officially been combined, but representatives from the two cases don't seem to be getting along.
August 13, 2014
State Attorney General wants two teacher tenure lawsuits to become one
After running alongside each other for weeks, the two separate lawsuits challenging teacher tenure in New York could be combined early next month. The motion…
August 1, 2014
Three takeaways from The Colbert Report's teacher-tenure talk
The debate over New York's teacher tenure laws moved from the steps of City Hall to the studios of The Colbert Report on Thursday night.
July 28, 2014
New York's teacher tenure faces second challenge as Campbell Brown's group files suit
Seven plaintiffs filed a lawsuit today challenging New York state’s teacher job protection laws, which they say create obstacles to removing ineffective teachers.
July 27, 2014
Campbell Brown’s group to file teacher tenure suit
A month after announcing their plans to challenge New York’s teacher-tenure laws, a group of seven families led by the news-anchor-turned-education-activist Campbell Brown…
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June 24, 2014
City parents plan to join lawsuit against teacher job protections as union vows to fight
Four of the six students whose families have agreed to join the case also go to school in New York City, according to lawyers involved in the case.
June 24, 2014
Advocates preparing lawsuit to target New York state teacher tenure laws
A national movement to prove that job protections for teachers prevent students from learning is getting ready to target New York state. Six students and families,…
August 22, 2013
Mulgrew faces off with Campbell Brown on sex abuse issue
The conversation between education heavyweights at a forum hosted by City & State this morning was pretty tame, except for one heated exchange between United…
July 25, 2013
Weiner evades issue dealing with sexual misconduct in schools
This week's Anthony Weiner sex scandal had an odd side effect for the education policy debate in the mayor's race. It caused AFT President Randi Weingarten to raise an issue that has been a thorn in the union's side. "So how can Anthony run for Mayor, when a teacher for the same conduct would be fired," Weingarten said in a tweet yesterday. She was referring to a push to tighten punishments for teachers found guilty of inappropriate behavior that the union here has opposed. Since 2007, the city has been unable to fire nearly 100 people working in schools for a variety of sexual indiscretions that range from verbal abuse to physical contact, according to the Daily News. It’s a tiny fraction of one percent of the city’s 80,000-plus school staff, but a group of anti-union advocates have tried to make the issue a question in the mayor's race, asking candidates if they support giving the city more power to fire people for sexual indiscretions. Weiner is one of the candidates who hasn't responded to a questionairre by the advocacy group pushing candidates to take a position on tightening the rules and his spokeswoman did not respond to GothamSchools' questions. Getting caught for sending lewd pictures of himself to women is the type of behavior that would put Weiner in the city's crosshairs if he were a teacher.
August 2, 2012
Campbell Brown's abusive-teachers war preceded Twitter spat
Campbell Brown testified before the state's Education Reform Commission on the issue of teachers found to have abused children last week. Campbell Brown says she's done using Twitter to provoke union leaders into a debate. After a furious 48-hour exchange this week with AFT President Randi Weingarten, in which the 140-character messages quickly elevated into charges of sexism and conflicted interests, Brown said she wants the next showdown to be face-to-face. "I'd love to sit down with Randi and have a real debate," Brown said this morning in a phone interview. But she added a caveat. "There's nothing to debate." In less than a week, Brown, a former NBC White House correspondent and CNN anchor, has gone from largely unknown in education advocacy to the center of a heated war of words with union leaders over how to handle teachers suspected of — and found guilty of — sexual misconduct with students. She outlined her case in a provocatively headlined column in Sunday's Wall Street Journal. But the op/ed wasn't Brown's first public statement about the issue of sexual predators in schools. A week ago, she delivered a surprising testimony on the issue before Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Education Reform Commission during its New York City meeting. Not everyone who asked to speak was given a chance to. But Brown had been given the top speaking slot on the "teacher quality" panel with testimony that coupled concern about sex abuse with statistics about low student test scores and college-readiness rates. The speech she delivered was significantly different.
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