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fight another day
2 days ago
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.
guide to the battle
June 18, 2018
With days left in this year’s session, what will happen with teacher evaluations?
As the legislative session comes to a close, here's what you need to know about the upcoming battle over teacher evaluations.
On the Agenda
June 13, 2018
While revealing $7 billion education plan, Nixon criticizes schools that leave kids ‘destined for jail’
Here’s what you should know about Nixon’s plan for New York’s K-12 schools.
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
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.
I'm just a bill
April 26, 2018
The debate is back: New York state leaders introduce bill to overhaul teacher evaluations
A bill introduced in the Assembly on Thursday would not require districts to use standardized test scores to judge teachers.
April 9, 2018
Elia on lawmakers’ plan to make districts report funding decisions to the state: It’s duplicative
The problem with the new law is that state officials have already been working on a separate timeline to implement a nearly identical federal requirement, Elia said.
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.
March 27, 2018
With the New York state budget deadline nearing, here are the education issues we’re watching
A number of issues have yet to be resolved: the overall level of education spending, school safety measures, and charter school funding.
March 26, 2018
Nixon accuses Cuomo of underfunding schools, calling his rationale ‘just one big excuse’
In Cynthia Nixon's first press conference in Albany since she announced her bid for governor, she attacked Cuomo on school funding.
let the games begin
March 13, 2018
Assembly pushes for $1.5 billion boost to education spending
The proposed increase — which would bring total education spending to $27.1 billion — is significantly more than the governor’s suggested $769 million increase.
February 22, 2018
New York wants to overhaul its teacher evaluations — again. Here’s a guide to the brewing battle.
Here's what you need to know, including how evaluations currently work, the political battles that lead to this point, and what could happen moving forward.
February 15, 2018
After deadly school shooting in Florida, NYC schools chief calls for classroom discussions about the ‘unthinkable’ tragedy
The assault weapon that was used to kill 17 people in a Florida school shooting is banned in New York.
February 1, 2018
Mayor’s budget calls for new 3-K preschool sites amid looming budget threats
New York City is adopting a quicker timeline to expand 3-K but the mayor warned of looming budget threats from the state and federal government.
the last stand
January 31, 2018
NYC schools chief calls Cuomo’s budget plan ‘disrespectful,’ says funding change would ‘take us backwards’
Carmen Fariña used her final appearance before state lawmakers on Wednesday to blast some of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s budget proposals.
January 30, 2018
What will NYC schools chief Carmen Fariña ask for in Albany — and what will she be asked?
Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña is preparing to testify at a state legislative hearing on Wednesday.
January 29, 2018
Here’s how New York City divvies up school funding — and why critics say the system is flawed
In 2007, the city adopted a funding formula that sends more money to schools with the neediest students. Here's how that formula has been working.
January 22, 2018
After Cuomo calls for belt-tightening, New York’s Board of Regents look to lawmakers for more school aid
During the Board of Regents meeting on Monday, Chancellor Betty Rosa suggested the 17-member board mobilize and turn to the legislature for help.
January 16, 2018
Facing a state budget crunch, Gov. Cuomo proposes modest 3 percent education boost
Cuomo put forward a $769 million increase in school aid during his executive budget address on Tuesday, less than half of that sought by the state’s Board of Regents.
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.
state of the state
January 3, 2018
Cuomo offers few new education plans for 2018, but says poor schools need more funding
New York's governor said little about education in his annual State of the State address; his agenda mainly calls for expanding existing education programs.
January 2, 2018
As Gov. Cuomo lays out his 2018 agenda, here’s what that could mean for New York’s schools
Those proposals, however, are a far cry from anything particularly splashy or controversial.
December 8, 2017
Here’s how the Republican tax plan could threaten New York’s education funding
That blow, advocates say, could punch a hole in school budgets.
December 6, 2017
New York’s free-college program comes with a big catch: Students who fall off track risk losing their scholarships
One early sign of the program’s effectiveness will be whether students can keep up with their classwork.
October 10, 2017
97 percent of New York City teachers earn high marks on latest evaluations, union president says
More New York City teachers were rated “highly effective” last school year, according to the teachers union president.
October 2, 2017
22,000 New Yorkers will get new college scholarship from the state after 94,000 applied
Nearly 22,000 New York state students qualified for the first round of the state’s new “Excelsior Scholarship,” which provides free tuition at CUNY and SUNY schools.
rules and regs
August 1, 2017
Among NY students seeking new Excelsior scholarship, potentially many who aren’t qualified or could pay a price later
Do students understand the terms of the state's new free-tuition scholarship? Experts and interviews suggest the state has more work to do.
June 29, 2017
Albany deal appears close after Assembly passes two-year extension of mayoral control
The bill also includes a number of other provisions, including the reauthorization of local taxes and the renaming of the Tappan Zee Bridge for the late Gov. Mario Cuomo.
one day more
June 20, 2017
It’s crunch time in Albany. What will happen to mayoral control?
With control of New York City schools expiring at the end of June, lawmakers must decide if they will grant another extension and whether there will be strings attached.
critics of cuomo
April 18, 2017
CUNY students join chorus of protests against Cuomo’s ‘hypocritical’ college tuition plan
The protest by AQE, an organization that has long criticized the governor, is the latest in a round of backlash against Cuomo’s free college tuition plan.
April 10, 2017
After heated debate, New York charter schools receive boost; school aid increases by $1.1 billion
The funding tug-of-war between charters and traditional public schools boiled over into a contentious fight, which contributed to a delayed state budget.
what's the catch?
April 10, 2017
Cuomo’s promise of free college tuition has a major catch, experts say
Cuomo's tuition plan has a major snag that has so far gone under-the-radar, experts say.
who's the boss?
April 10, 2017
Lawmakers punt on mayoral control of New York City’s schools, setting the stage for another June showdown
The omission was somewhat surprising, since sources said last week that the deal was likely to give Mayor Bill de Blasio another one-year extension.
April 4, 2017
What does the state budget impasse mean for New York City schools?
Mostly, it means a lot of waiting.
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 2, 2017
State pols push for eliminating controversial rule in Cuomo’s tuition plan and expanding help for low-income families
A group of Assembly members want to the state to provide more relief to low-income families in his free college tuition proposal.
No Strings Attached?
February 23, 2017
Gov. Cuomo is proposing free college tuition, but are his plan’s rules too strict?
Governor Cuomo's college tuition plan carries over strict requirements that may preclude some students from receiving financial aid.
February 14, 2017
Assembly Ed Chair Cathy Nolan: Eliminating the foundation aid formula is ‘completely unacceptable’
State officials made it clear on Tuesday that they will not let a decade-old formula designed to allocate more education funding to high-needs schools die without a fight.
charter freeze melting
January 30, 2017
De Blasio: Cuomo’s budget proposal forces city to shoulder charter school cost ‘to an exorbitant degree’
Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke out against some of Cuomo's charter school provisions today, arguing the city is being asked to pay too much for charter schools.
perks of being a charter school
January 23, 2017
Cuomo’s budget proposal includes perks for New York City charter schools, including lifting the city’s cap
The changes include eliminating New York City's charter school cap and provisions that make it easier for charter schools renting private space.
January 20, 2017
Buried in the budget, Cuomo proposes controversial change to school funding formula
The governor’s controversial proposal would not include a commitment to fully phase in the total funding owed statewide.
Show me the money
January 17, 2017
Governor Cuomo proposes $1 billion increase in state aid, kicking off school funding negotiations
The governor's proposal is less than the $2.1 billion suggested by the state's education policymaking body.
January 13, 2017
Four education storylines to watch as New York kicks off its 2017 legislative session
We'll be following the governor's efforts to provide free college tuition, an upcoming battle about school funding, and plans to boost after-school programs.
January 11, 2017
Cuomo finishes State of the State tour, proposes funding for AP exams and computer science teachers
Governor Andrew Cuomo finished his State of the State speeches on Wednesday, with proposals to help low-income students fund AP exams and create after-school seats.
January 4, 2017
Launching 2017 legislative session, Heastie signals support for major increase in school funding
Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said he wants to create a timetable to fully implement a funding formula designed to help needy schools.
path to college
January 3, 2017
Cuomo proposes free college tuition at state schools for families making less than $125,000
Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled a plan Tuesday to offer free college tuition at two- and four-year state schools for families making less than $125,000 per year.
stuck in the middle
October 19, 2016
How one struggling Bronx school got caught in the crossfire between Cuomo and the State Education Department
“To single out one school and say it’s the worst school in the state is misleading on so many levels."
June 10, 2016
New York’s teacher evaluations aren’t going anywhere. In fact, they’re getting a makeover that nobody planned
Despite moratorium on using state tests, schools are still on the hook to evaluate teachers and the results can still be used to make decisions about educators’ futures.
blast from the past
June 6, 2016
Lawmakers ask for education data watchdog, though similar access was granted 7 years ago
State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan introduced a bill that would grant a new “education inspector” access to records and data from the education department
January 21, 2016
New York’s latest charter-school funding debate, explained
The bulk of public funding for charter schools has been held nearly constant for five years. Advocates hope that will change this year.
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