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September 19, 2018
What’s next for the Laurene Powell Jobs-funded effort to rethink American high schools
Last week, XQ published a report encouraging state leaders to push for innovation on their own.
February 6, 2018
With new focus on curriculum, Gates Foundation wades into tricky territory
The Gates Foundation has a new plan intended to help public schools: improve the materials that teachers use to teach. But that may run into some challenges.
DeVos on offense
January 16, 2018
DeVos criticizes Bush-Obama policies, saying it’s time to overhaul conventional schooling
One era of federal involvement in education is over, Betsy DeVos said Tuesday, in some of her most expansive public remarks since taking over the department last year.
March 30, 2015
Rick Hess: ‘teacher leadership’ can and should be more than an empty phrase
Hess' new book is a guide to teachers who want to improve their schools.
September 14, 2011
To transform failing schools, new teachers take up residence
A Bank of America employee, a fashion industry veteran, and a 311 operator are among the newest additions to the city's teaching corps. They are among 26 people being eased into the classroom through a new city program designed to train – and retain – high-quality teachers specifically for the city's worst-performing schools. Launched with little fanfare this summer, the NYC Teaching Residency for School Turnaround is the city's latest effort to attract talent using an alternative certification program. But unlike the city's NYC Teaching Fellows program, the residency isn't throwing its trainees straight into the classroom. Nor is it quickly relieving them from their obligation to the city. Instead, the program requires them to make a lengthier commitment, but only after they've spent a year working as assistants to in the classroom. The teachers-in-training have been dispersed into two schools undergoing federally-funded "transformation" — Queens Vocational and Technical High School and J.H.S. 22 Jordan L. Mott — and are part of an experimental effort to overhaul schools deemed "persistently low-achieving" by the state. Borrowing heavily from models that preceeded it in recent years, the program comes amid a growing nationwide focus on improving both the teacher quality and retention rates in high-needs urban schools.
August 15, 2011
Steiner said he wondered "where the allies were" in Albany
When David Steiner announced his resignation as commissioner of the State Education Department, people close to him speculated that he was burnt out by…
November 4, 2009
Will Bloomberg's third term bring big change to city schools?
Mayor Michael Bloomberg delivered a victory speech last night promising, among other things, that the city's schools would see even more changes in his third term. "If you think you've seen progress over the last eight years, I've got news for you, you ain't seen nothing yet," the mayor whooped, his face flush with triumph. Despite these declarations, many observers wonder if the mayor's greatest overhaul of the city's schools isn't already behind him. The last eight years have seen Bloomberg win mayoral control of schools, wrestle work rule concessions out of the teachers union in 2005, and give principals power over how they apportion their budgets. The mayor has staked his claim to a third term on the idea that he needs more time to transform the schools, but whether he'll add a few touch-ups or knock down walls is the subject of intense speculation. Some, like executive director of Democrats for Education Reform, Joe Williams, believe the mayor will make good on his promise of delivering more of the same, and therein lies the problem.
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