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January 31, 2017
Changing education is like ‘moving a battleship on the ocean’: Departing NY Regent reflects on his tenure
Regent James Tallon, the board's budget guru, will not seek another term on the state's Board of Regents.
you name it
November 21, 2016
‘Common Core’ is out of style. Could the ‘I [heart] NY Standards’ be in?
A group is floating ideas for Common Core replacement names, including the "Empire State Learning Standards" and "New York's Academic Standards."
roundtable with rosa
May 9, 2016
New chancellor Rosa says she’s concerned about charters; wants more options for English learners
Chancellor Betty Rosa opened up about a range of contentious education issues during a whirlwind tour of New York City this weekend.
March 30, 2016
What does the opt-out movement want this year?
As students gear up to take the exams this year, there is a lingering question: What does the opt-out movement want to gain from boycotting tests again?
"a new view"
March 21, 2016
Rosa, new head of New York education policy: As a parent, ‘I would opt out’
Newly elected Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa’s statements underscore the striking nature of the leadership shift.
a new era
March 21, 2016
Starting a new era, Betty Rosa named Regents chancellor as Tisch steps down
Former Bronx superintendent and principal Betty Rosa was named the head of New York’s Board of Regents on Monday.
change at the top
March 15, 2016
What Betty Rosa would bring from the Bronx if she becomes NY’s top education policymaker
Rosa's journey began as a public school student in the Bronx, where she worked to learn English after spending her early childhood in Puerto Rico.
March 8, 2016
Continuing a transition, Board of Regents gains three members
Luis Reyes of Hunter College will fill an open at-large seat. Nan Eileen Mead, a public school parent on District 3’s education council, will serve a one-year term.
March 2, 2016
District 3 CEC member, Hunter College educator frontrunners for open Regents spots
A member of the Upper West Side’s Community Education Council and a Hunter College educator are likely choices for two open seats on New York’s Board of Regents.
February 23, 2016
Opt-out movement unlikely to provoke sanctions from state, this time around
Though a federal mandate requires students to take state tests, the Board of Regents is unlikely to impose sanctions for low participation this year.
change at the top
February 15, 2016
Another Regent set to resign, leaving more room for an ideological shift
Charles Bendit will resign from the state’s education policymaking body this month, creating a surprise third opening as the board undergoes a seismic transition.
February 10, 2016
In their search for Tisch’s replacement, lawmakers ask, Did you teach?
On Wednesday, legislators vetted candidates for the Board of Regents seat that Chancellor Merryl Tisch will vacate in March.
January 25, 2016
Meet the Regents who might replace Merryl Tisch — and change New York education
The contest to head New York’s Board of Regents and lead a new era of state education policy is heating up.
December 14, 2015
In big shift, Regents vote to exclude state tests from teacher evals until 2019
Teachers will receive two ratings every year beginning in 2016, but only the "transition rating" that does not include state test results will count.
struggling school skirmish
December 4, 2015
After Tisch attacks Renewal goals, city says school closures possible next year
After Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch called the city's goals for some troubled schools "ridiculous," a city spokeswoman said some schools could be closed next year.
November 16, 2015
As charter approvals dwindle, state ed officials begin to ask why
Two city charter schools got preliminary approval from the Board of Regents — but the overall number of new charter schools might reach its lowest number in years.
stay the (common) course
November 4, 2015
Tisch urges Cuomo to stick with the Common Core despite the backlash
A week after announcing her plans to step down as Board of Regents chancellor, Merryl Tisch urged the governor to stand by the Common Core standards and exams.
October 28, 2015
What Tisch’s departure will, and won’t, mean for New York education debates
Supporters and critics of Tisch's tenure believe her exit poses some threat to the policies she helped implement.
changes at the top
October 26, 2015
Merryl Tisch, NY’s education leader through Race to the Top era, will step down in 2016
Merryl Tisch, who has come to represent the turbulent changes of the Race to the Top era, won’t seek another term as Regents chancellor.
October 19, 2015
To anti-testing crowd, Tisch and Elia defend state assessments with caveats
The state’s top education officials struck a measured tone when discussing the Common Core standards earlier this month.
September 15, 2015
New York teachers may soon be able to challenge state growth scores
Merryl Tisch said she sympathized with Long Island teacher Sheri Lederman, who is suing the State Education Department over her 2014 evaluation.
aka common core
Updated September 15, 2015
To reduce Common Core acrimony, NY’s top education official floats renaming the standards
“We can call them the Empire ‘State’ standards’ or ‘New York’s higher standards,'" Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch said Tuesday.
July 20, 2015
Tisch: I’d ‘think twice’ before opting into state testing if I had a special-needs child
After rejection from the Obama administration, state education officials are weighing how to exempt certain students from testing requirements.
Turnover at the top
July 8, 2015
Amid transition at New York ed department, Ken Wagner to decamp for Rhode Island
Ken Wagner, a top state education official who took on a bigger role after John King’s resignation, has been tapped to be Rhode Island’s next education commissioner.
June 16, 2015
New evaluation rules win final approval, with some Regents still opposed
School districts will be allowed to create plans giving state tests and locally selected tests equal weight in a teacher’s final rating.
June 15, 2015
Debate over evaluation delays ends with a compromise, but Regents remain divided
The state’s education policymaking body tentatively agreed Monday to make it easier for school districts to delay overhauling their teacher evaluation systems.
a new era
May 26, 2015
MaryEllen Elia, former Florida superintendent, is state’s next education chief
Elia spent 10 years overseeing Hillsborough County's schools, where she won $100 million from Gates Foundation to overhaul teacher evals and made headlines for union collaboration.
May 19, 2015
State’s evaluation proposal prompts frustration, dissent among Regents
State education officials unveiled recommendations for a new teacher evaluation system earlier in May, easing few concerns about the bitterly contested policy.
By the numbers
May 14, 2015
In a shift, New York state tests now more difficult to pass than national exams
New York is one of only two states where more students are earning proficient scores on the “nation’s report card” than are passing the state’s own standardized tests.
May 8, 2015
Calls to delay teacher eval overhaul grow more urgent in Albany
A consensus is building around limiting the role of outside evaluators in teacher observations and that the Nov. 15 deadline for adopting the plans must be extended.
to the summit
May 7, 2015
At ‘evalapalooza,’ officials urged to limit use of tests, give districts breathing room
Between coffee breaks, panelists at what Twitter dubbed #evalapalooza offered dozens of recommendations for how state education officials should finalize the system.
May 7, 2015
Tisch: Consensus from Thursday summit should guide evaluation redesign
The eight-hour summit will include more than 30 panelists, representing nearly as many organizations, broken out into seven separate panels.
pumping the brakes
April 23, 2015
Fariña: State shouldn’t force quick changes to teacher evaluations
Chancellor Carmen Fariña joined a growing number of education officials who say districts need more time to implement a new teacher evaluation system.
April 13, 2015
Regents seek extension for districts on teacher eval deadlines
State education officials offered a grim prognosis of the chances that districts will smoothly be able to implement new teacher evaluation systems.
an objective measure
April 7, 2015
As new teacher evaluation system looms, Tisch defends need for state tests
Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch continues to defend the need for state tests as an objective measure in the new teacher evaluation system.
April 3, 2015
Tisch: Top city schools could be exempt from new teacher evaluation system
They include elite specialized high schools like Stuyvesant, citywide gifted and talented programs, and hugely popular zoned elementary schools like P.S. 321.
close reading (of the law)
April 1, 2015
Tisch plays down tests’ role in new evaluations
In her first comments since a new evaluation law was passed, Tisch seeks to play down the role of test scores.
March 17, 2015
From March: At uncertain moment, Tisch is mum on her future as Regents chancellor
“Serve out my term? Absolutely,” Tisch said earlier this year. Beyond that? “We’ll talk about it in a couple of months."
March 16, 2015
Merryl Tisch: Opting out of the state exams is a ‘terrible mistake’
In a speech, the Board of Regents chief said officials would try to convince parents of the importance of the annual tests, which she compared to medical exams.
Turnover at the top
March 11, 2015
New Queens Regent reflects New York’s shifting ed policy landscape
A former teacher and administrator, Judith Chin is one of six Regents who are career educators and no fan of the state's implementation of the Common Core.
charter authority figures
February 9, 2015
City’s charter-school oversight again questioned by Regents, who raise eyebrows themselves
For a third straight month, officials raised questions about charter schools under the city’s supervision.
'Shoots of Green'
February 2, 2015
As state reviews city’s turnaround plans, Regents chief sees progress at a troubled school
Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch was impressed by what she found on a recent visit to Automotive High School, one of many struggling schools the city is under pressure from the state to improve.
agreeing to agree
January 12, 2015
Regents approve contested charter renewals as city promises a new oversight process
Thirteen city charter schools are poised to see their charters renewed, one month after state officials rejected some of the same applications and put new pressure on the city to crack down on struggling charter schools.
January 12, 2015
Power struggle over charter schools to continue as city officials head to Albany
In an unusual face-off, officials from the city education department are set to appear before the Board of Regents on Monday to defend their recommendation to keep a set of city charter schools open.
looking for ideas
December 18, 2014
Cuomo seeks King’s ‘best advice’ on crafting aggressive education agenda
In a letter, a top advisor for Cuomo writes that the governor plans to “pursue an aggressive legislative package to improve public education” and asks outgoing John King to offer his positions on a variety of education issues.
a closer look
November 17, 2014
Restaffing plan for two troubled schools faces scrutiny
A restaffing plan for two of the city’s lowest-performing schools faces scrutiny by state officials who want to see drastic changes and from critics who worry the plan could trip up other schools.
getting to graduation
September 15, 2014
State officials discuss allowing high schoolers to swap history Regents test for a career exam
The Board of Regents moved one step closer to giving students new options in their pursuit of a high school diploma on Monday.
change of pace
August 28, 2014
Education leaders urge patience for de Blasio's pre-K plans
Top city and state education officials said they were optimistic about pre-K, but also worked to manage expectations about the rollout of thousands of new seats at a discussion on Thursday.
January 13, 2014
Tisch calls NYSUT's "no confidence" vote a political "sideshow"
Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch today dismissed new criticism from the state teachers union as a "sideshow" more motivated by politics than a commitment to addressing challenges posed by education policies being implemented across the state.
December 4, 2013
Common Core meetings coming to NYC next week
Merry Tisch, pictured above with librarian Paul McIntosh on a visit in October to Wadlegh Secondary School. Commissioner John King and Board…
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