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The Overcrowded Classroom

Whether your child is five or 18, overcrowding in the schools should be of concern to you. How can you fight it? And what should you do for your child while you’re fighting?

03/27/2014

A child holds an umbrella as she walks to school during a snowstorm on February 13, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

De Blasio, Farina Face Backlash After Keeping NYC Public Schools Open During Storm

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.

02/13/2014

Kids in a classroom (file/credit: CBS 2)

Top State Lawmakers: Halt Evaluations Using Common Core Standards

Silver and Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan (D-Queens), who chairs the education committee, issued a statement Tuesday citing “serious issues” with the rollout of the more difficult learning standards.

02/04/2014

Bill de Blasio Universal Pre-K press conference Jan. 6, 2014 (Juliet Papa/1010 WINS)

Unions On Board With Mayor De Blasio’s Universal Pre-K Plan

Labor leaders said they’ll lobby state lawmakers to OK New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposal to offer universal pre-kindergarten.

01/06/2014

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

Joe Lhota campaigns in Manhattan on Sept. 5, 2013. (credit: Paul Murnane/WCBS 880)

Union Showdown Looms For Next Mayor

Many unions are calling for the city’s next mayor to implement retroactive pay raises.

09/05/2013

NYC Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott attends Common Core teacher training session, August 8, 2013. (credit: Ginny Kosola/WCBS 880)

NY Education Officials Banking On ‘Incremental Progress’ On Standardized Test Scores

City and state education officials met with teachers Thursday, one day after the New York State standardized test scores were released.

08/08/2013

NYC classroom (credit: CBS 2)

Standardized Test Scores In New York Drop As Expected

Parents and other New York City education activists are decrying the tests given statewide under tougher new learning standards.

08/07/2013

UFT Endorses Thompson

United Federation Of Teachers Backs Bill Thompson For Mayor

The United Federation of Teachers has endorsed former City Comptroller Bill Thompson as its choice for the next New York City mayor.

06/19/2013

Council of School Supervisors and Administrators endorses Bill Thompson. (credit: CSA NYC)

Thompson Wins Endorsement From City School Principals Union

President Ernest Logan of the Council of School Supervisors and Administrators said Tuesday that the union’s 16,000 members will do all they can to elect Thompson.

06/18/2013

City Worker Rally

City Workers Rally For A New Contract At City Hall

Thousands of city workers whose union contracts have expired rallied for new and fair agreements in Lower Manhattan Wednesday afternoon.

06/12/2013

UFT Mayoral Candidate Forum

Mayoral Candidates Talk Education At Teachers’ Union Forum

Six mayoral candidates touted their education policies Saturday at a panel hosted by the United Federation of Teachers.

05/11/2013

Fatima Ptacek, voice of 'Dora the Explorer,' reads to a kindergarten class at PS 111 in Manhattan on Read Across America Day - March 1, 2013 (credit: Luke Fontana/Screen Actors Guild Foundation via Getty Images)

United Federation Of Teachers Wants To Reduce Mayor’s Control Over Schools

Under the current system, the mayor appoints the majority of members to the Panel for Educational Policy that votes on school policies.

03/15/2013

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (file / credit: Governor's Office)

NYC Parents File Suit Against State For Withholding Millions In Education Funding

The suit names Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Education Commissioner John King Jr. It was filed Tuesday in Manhattan on behalf of two dozen parents and students.

02/06/2013

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (file / credit: Governor's Office)

Cuomo Threatens To Impose State Teacher Evaluation System On NYC

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.

01/30/2013

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