New York City Department of Education
Principals at some three dozen New York City public schools led protests Friday against this year’s New York state English tests, which they said were poorly designed and confusing.
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.
Co-location opponents said charter schools are crowding out existing schools and hurting students who are already there.
New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina said she feels “heartsick” over the fact that 10 public school students have committed suicide since she took office less than two months ago.
Several children were left standing at the curb Monday or had to endure two-hour bus rides because drivers were assigned to new routes that they weren’t familiar with.
Marcella Sills of PS 106 is accused of a list of offenses, including allegedly asking staffers to falsify timecards to cover what is being called a long-standing habit of her chronic absences and leaving work on the sly.
Stephanie Gibbs said that on Friday Miguel Tactuk, a seventh-grade teacher at Junior High School 232, first called her 12-year-old daughter, Kayla, an “ogre.”
The school is still struggling to recover from superstorm Sandy, much like many of the families. PS 106 lost a building to the Oct. 2012 storm and students still attend class in trailers.
If successful, a lawsuit by city officials and activists would be a setback for countless charter school students, some parents say.
The new head of New York City’s schools met some of her staffers on Monday, telling them she wanted them to focus on communication, collaboration and on what’s working in the education system.
Bill de Blasio says his landslide in this month’s New York City mayoral election entitles him to support from Albany to enact sweeping reforms to the city’s schools.
Officials were concerned that the bacterial infection Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus, better known as MRSA, turned up at the Lewis and Clark Special Education School on Tratman Avenue on Tuesday.
This year’s A-through-F “progress reports” for schools will likely be the last, since Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio has said the formula is too simplistic. The letter grades were ushered in by Mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2007 in an effort to hold schools accountable for student performance.
A crew of fire watchmen — hired for this purpose only — are positioned on every floor to literally sniff for smoke and alert school officials and the fire department in case of a fire.
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.