New York City Department of Education

Marcella Sills

Termination Recommended For Far Rockaway Principal After Investigation

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.

02/18/2014

School blackboard (credit: ClipArt.com)

Mother: Bronx Teacher Sexually Harassed 12-Year-Old Girl

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.”

01/29/2014

PS 106 in Far Rockaway, Queens (credit: schools.nyc.gov)

DOE Investigating Far Rockaway School Over Allegations Of Lavish Party, Lack Of Textbooks

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.

01/13/2014

Charter school proponents rally at City Hall on Jan. 7, 2014. (credit: courtesy of Families for Excellent Schools)

Parents Rally Against Lawsuit That Threatens Charter Schools

If successful, a lawsuit by city officials and activists would be a setback for countless charter school students, some parents say.

01/07/2014

New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina (credit: CBS 2)

NYC Schools Chancellor Greets Staff, Talks Collaboration

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.

01/06/2014

Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio speaks to supporters after winning on Nov. 5, 2013. (credit: Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

De Blasio: Landslide Win Is ‘Clear Mandate’ For Education Reform

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.

11/25/2013

Generic Hospital Bed File Photo (credit: CBS 2)

Parents At Bronx School Outraged Over Lack Of Communication About Suspected MRSA

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.

11/14/2013

NYC classroom (credit: CBS 2)

NYC High School Progress Reports Released, Show Consistent School Performance

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.

11/13/2013

PS 207 in Howard Beach is one of 7 NYC public schools still without a working fire alarm system a year after Sandy's floodwaters destroyed the wiring. (credit: CBS 2)

7 NYC Public Schools Still Without Working Fire Alarms A Year After Sandy Hit

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.

10/28/2013

Classroom (File - credit: CBS 2)

UFT Survey: Hundreds Of Thousands Of Kids In Overcrowded Classrooms

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.

09/26/2013

Joel Morales (credit: Juliet Papa/1010 WINS)

Mother Of Suicide Victim Hopes Lawsuit Will Stop Bullying

The grieving mother of an East Harlem boy said bullies drove her son to suicide, and she has decided to take a stand – starting with the parents of bullies.

08/28/2013

Joel Morales (credit: Juliet Papa/1010 WINS)

Family Files Lawsuit Against City, Alleged Bullies Over Boy’s Suicide

Family members say Joel Morales, 12, killed himself at his home last year because he had been repeatedly picked on by other students because he was small and sometimes stuttered.

08/27/2013

Brian Kearins (credit: MySpace)

Bronx H.S. Teacher Arrested, Charged With Raping Student

According to police, Brian Kearins, 33, was arrested just after midnight on charges of rape, criminal sex act and endangering the welfare of a child. His victim was a 16-year-old girl, police said.

06/26/2013

diploma

Glitch May Delay Some NYC Graduating Seniors From Getting Diploma On Time

The city awarded McGraw-Hill a $10 million contract to collect, scan and send the Regents exams to graders electronically. But the system has been exceedingly slow, some teachers said.

06/20/2013

(FILE - credit: Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

City, Teachers’ Union Praise State-Imposed Teacher Evaluation System

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.

06/02/2013

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