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war of words
June 17, 2019
Dividing the city or bold intervention? Local lawmakers spar over Chancellor Richard Carranza’s leadership
In a public clash over the direction of the New York City education department, local lawmakers are weighing in publicly about Chancellor Richard Carranza
deal or no deal
June 13, 2019
Pre-K, school social workers in forefront of negotiations as NYC nears a budget deal
Sources briefed on budget negotiations said there was agreement to significantly reduce the number of schools that don’t have a single social worker.
March 20, 2019
‘Everything is on the table’ — Carranza talks budget cuts to NYC schools at City Council hearing
The chancellor’s testimony touched a numerous hot button issues beyond funding. Here’s what else we learned at Wednesday’s City Council hearing.
February 25, 2019
New York City Council grills top education department officials on special education
City councillors pressed education department officials Monday on shortcomings in the city’s special education system: thousands of students going without…
bills bills bills
February 21, 2019
Are students with disabilities getting what they need? Proposed laws would require NYC to reveal more details
The legislation would force the education department to release new details about whether students are receiving all of the services listed on their learning plans.
question and answer
May 22, 2018
New York City lawmakers press Richard Carranza on paid parental leave, counselors, and school accessibility
Council members pressed the new schools chief on some of the mayor’s spending priorities during the nearly four-hour hearing.
March 7, 2018
How often do New York City schools bar parents from entering? The city could soon be forced to say.
A new bill would track a little-known practice that lawmakers say is ripe for abuse.
February 21, 2018
Segregation, struggling schools, ‘a larger vision’: What Councilman Mark Treyger is watching as NYC gets a new schools chief
“How can you have a conversation about computers when the lights don’t even work?”
February 13, 2018
How well does your school serve students with disabilities? A proposed law in New York City would make that clear.
Citywide, more than a quarter of students with disabilities only receive some of the services they’re entitled to — or none at all.
December 9, 2013
City lawmakers to pass “historic” bill calling for fewer tests
The City Council is expected to vote in favor of a symbolic resolution calling for changes to the way student learning is measured on teacher evaluations and other school accountability systems. The changes the lawmakers seek are specifically to get rid of standardized tests, which they say have been pervasive since the passage of federal No Child Left Behind law in 2001 and had deleterious effects. The tests cause unnecessary stress, costs too much money, stifles classroom creativity and encourages schools to narrow curriculum to focus on test preparation, the resolution contends. The resolution calls specifically for changes to come at the state level, which would likely mean big amendments to the teacher evaluation law. Local districts have found their own ways to mitigate the effects of testing mandates, as GothamSchools reported last week. Dozens of districts have changed their teacher evaluation plans so that they have to administer and grade fewer standardized tests, according to the state.
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