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October 12, 2018
Rise & Shine: Teachers crowdfund nearly $200 million nationally for school supplies, other basics
LET’S MAKE A DEAL New York City and its teachers union reached a new three year labor contract, which boosts salaries, reduces how…
September 24, 2018
Where Bruce Rauner and J.B. Pritzker stand on key education issues, from charters to Chicago’s school board
The race for Illinois governor is shaping up to be one of the most expensive in U.S. history, and anyone who hasn’t been…
August 8, 2018
New high school plan still has some South Side residents feeling neglected
New proposed boundaries for Near South High School has garnered praise from some community members. But not everybody looks at the map and…
August 6, 2018
Neighbors at odds heading into Near South High School hearing
On Tuesday, Near South Side residents divided over the opening of a high school on the site of a popular elementary school have…
September 7, 2016
Colorado Children’s Campaign names new leader
The longtime CEO of a Denver-based youth development organization has been named the new leader of the Colorado Children’s Campaign.
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July 19, 2016
How adding high school counselors saved Colorado more than $300 million
By one estimate, the state is saving $20 it would otherwise spend on social safety net services for every $1 it spends on school counselors,.
June 30, 2016
We asked five Colorado teachers how they use technology in the classroom. This is what they said.
We spoke with teachers about how they are using technology in the classroom. The opinions varied, but the consensus was a good one.
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February 3, 2015
No education news in State of the City speech, as de Blasio celebrates pre-K
Mayor Bill de Blasio took another pre-kindergarten victory lap in his State of the City speech on Tuesday, which focused on affordable housing.
January 16, 2015
Sen. Mike Delph proposes ditching new academic standards for 2006 version
If a new bill proposed by state Sen. Mike Delph passes this year, Indiana could do a complete about-face and dump its newly implemented…
December 9, 2014
City to gain new computer science classes amid White House push
The city is set to expand its computer science offerings beginning next fall, with support from a grant from the National Science Foundation. The White House announced Monday that New York City will get part of a $20 million grant designed to train computer science teachers on new curriculum. The initiative is part of a larger effort to better prepare students for the increasing number of technology-related jobs and increase diversity in the field.
August 13, 2013
Hidary, vying to be an education mayor, lacks a college degree
He shares the mayor's background as a tech entrepreneur, but there are some differences between candidate Jack Hidary and Michael Bloomberg. For starters, Hidary does not have a college degree. A self-made entrepreneur, Hidary attended Columbia University and studied philosophy and neuroscience but left school to complete a fellowship in clinical neuroscience at the National Institutes of Health. He never graduated from Columbia or anywhere else, according to a spokesman for his campaign. The businessman also told GothamSchools that he would charge charter schools fees to use space in district school buildings, a move that would reverse Bloomberg's policy of letting the schools operate rent-free in public space. Charter advocates say that to charge rent would cripple charter schools' ability to serve students, but critics say space-sharing causes overcrowding and tension inside school buildings. "Charter co-location should continue as long as a reasonable cost is charged to such charters for co-location fees," Hidary said. "These fees can be phased in over the next few years to address any budget issues between public schools and charter schools." Hidary, who has raised more than $430,000 since entering the mayoral race in June, recently completed a GothamSchools questionnaire about how he would run the city's schools with answers that ranged from vague to decisive.
July 18, 2013
When My School Failed, Nelson Mandela Re-Inspired Me
On the occasion of Nelson Mandela's 95th birthday and Mandela Day, celebrated worldwide, GothamSchools is collecting tales from New York City schools about the former president of South Africa. Jeniffer Montano met him in 2009 when she was a student at Jill Chaifetz Transfer High School. Nelson Mandela, the man, the leader, the hero, had, for a brief moment, acknowledged me. That simple handshake changed my whole life. If I could do something worthy enough to be placed in front of Mandela, then surely I could achieve anything.
September 28, 2011
Panelist's charter school link is criticized at 'Miseducation' event
Pedro Noguera and Karen Sprowal talk after the "Miseducation Nation" panel ended. Panel members at an event critiquing current school reform policies last night criticized testing, large classes, and charter schools — and also a university professor sharing the stage with them. More than 100 people filled a school auditorium in Manhattan to attend the four-member "Miseducation Nation" panel, which was convened in response to – and got its mocking namesake from – NBC's "Education Nation" summit, a two-day event that wrapped up earlier that day at Rockefeller Center. Pedro Noguera, an NYU professor who studies urban education, was invited to speak on the panel and for most of the evening, he was on the same page as his fellow panelists, historian Diane Ravitch, Leonie Haimson of Class Size Matters, and teacher Brian Jones of the Grassroots Education Movement. They all criticized policymakers for adopting reform ideas that they said were not working – and ignoring alternative ones, such as smaller class sizes and culturally-relevant curriculum, that they said would improve schools. The panel also criticized the media coverage, which they characterized as biased toward current reform policies. The event was hosted by Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting, a national media advocacy group. "We feel beleaguered and we feel there is only one story told repeatedly in the mainstream media," Haimson said. More than 100 people, many of which were teachers and parents, packed into the auditorium at P.S. 66 School of the Future. When moderator Laura Flanders opened up questioning to the audience, criticism quickly turned on Noguera, a board member of the SUNY Charter School Institute, which oversees many of New York City's most prominent charter schools. Veteran teacher Michael Fiorillo first brought up the subject when he asked Noguera to explain how he could support opening charter schools, while at the same time being such a vocal opponent of closing the ones that they replace.
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