Chancellor Carmen Farina says New York City’s school system will de-emphasize the importance of standardized test scores in deciding which students must repeat a grade.
The latest go-round of bad weather began overnight in some places as sleet and rain fell on roads already covered in many parts with deep puddles and icy patches.
Students and parents were faced with gusting winds and blowing snow during Thursday’s storm that brought nearly 10 inches of snow to the city.
Despite travel conditions and emergency declarations, Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday defended the decision not to cancel class for the city’s 1.1 million public school students, by repeatedly reminding parents that he is a public school parent too.
Labor leaders said they’ll lobby state lawmakers to OK New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposal to offer universal pre-kindergarten.
UFT president Michael Mulgrew said Cardozo High School in Queens tops the list with 385 overcrowded classes. In all, the survey found 6,313 overcrowded classes, 180 more than last year.
Parents and other New York City education activists are decrying the tests given statewide under tougher new learning standards.
The United Federation of Teachers has endorsed former City Comptroller Bill Thompson as its choice for the next New York City mayor.
The evaluation plan incorporates student test scores, principal observations and other data. Twenty percent of each score will be determined by “locally selected measures” that individual schools can set.
Six mayoral candidates touted their education policies Saturday at a panel hosted by the United Federation of Teachers.
Knowing that many labor leaders have refused to negotiate new contracts in the hope that a new mayor would be friendlier, the man some call “El Bloombito” said wage hikes should be finito.
Under the current system, the mayor appoints the majority of members to the Panel for Educational Policy that votes on school policies.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday that if New York City and the teachers union can’t reach a deal on teacher evaluations, the state will impose one.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg delivered stinging criticism of the New York City teacher’s union Tuesday for “dragging their feet and throwing up roadblocks” during negotiations over teacher evaluations.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Sunday drew a backlash over a remark he made on his radio show.