education Tag All blog entries tagged as education http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/latest Thu, 10 Jul 2014 21:08:00 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Today's Lead: New Test Scores http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/08/07/todays-lead-new-test-scores-1 http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/08/07/todays-lead-new-test-scores-1

Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s legacy on education is facing new scrutiny as the state prepares to release new test scores later today that are expected to be significantly lower than in previous years.

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Over the weekend, the city acknowledged there would be a dramatic decline in this year’s test scores due to new Common Core standard — with Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott predicting a 30 percent drop.

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“The current administration has forced teachers to implement new standards without giving them the curriculum they need to do it successfully,” said Bill Thompson, a former Board of Education president who has been endorsed by the United Federation of Teachers.

Bill de Blasio, the public advocate, called the expected test results a “major wake-up call.” Comptroller John Liu said on Twitter that the scores would show that Bloomberg has been “cooking the books” for the last decade.

“The days of the mayor dislocating his shoulder patting himself on the back should be over,” Anthony Weiner told reporters at an education event yesterday.

Christine Quinn, the City Council speaker and presumed Democratic frontrunner, was more measured approach in her comments. “Obviously when you’re going to raise standards, that’s going to have an effect on test scores,” she said.

DOE Chief Academic Officer Shael Polakow-Suransky told GothamSchools that the 2011 and 2012 tests could not be compared directly. “They’re not just slightly different tests, they’re dramatically different tests,” he said.

The Common Core State Standards Initiative is supposed to foster increased thinking and analysis, which the new exams test. This is opposed to past tests where critics claim memorization was the skill students needed to master the exams.

The New York Times says the city has spent three years developing the new curriculum. City students first took tests based on the new curriculum in April. Some teachers and students responded negatively to their first encounter with the new tests, the teachers claiming they were unprepared and students saying the texts were difficult.

Image of Bloomberg and Walcott courtesy of the mayor's office.

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Court Rules Bruno May Face Fraud Charges (NY Times)

Political Corruption Panel Issues First Subpoenas, Though Mum's The Word (Daily News)

City Losing Small Hospitals As Money Woes Mount (Associated Press)

Subpoenas Sent To City's Big Landlords (Wall Street Journal)

Bloomberg Sees Higher Costs In A Union-Friendly Mayor (NY Times)

Common Cause, Real Estate Board of New York Throw Down (Crain's)

Op-Ed: Preservation Can Contribute To Affordability (Gotham Gazette)

In The Rockaways, Deciding To Leave After Superstorm Sandy (Los Angeles Times)

2 Campaign Finance Board Members Linked To Quinn Fundraising (DNAinfo)

GothamVotes 2013: Campaign Trails Update

From Gotham Gazette: Quinn, Thompson exchange barbs over his comptroller record; Quinn On City Board Decision Denying Liu Campaign Funds

Mayor Michael Bloomberg says he's handing the next mayor an "unprecedented opportunity" to win new contracts with unions. (The Wall Street Journal)

Democratic mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner calls rival Republican George McDonald "grandpa." (NY1)

Bill de Blasio, another Democratic mayoral candidate, wants to end a tax break for the redevelopment of noncommercial properties. (Crain's New York Business)

Christine Quinn wants people to trust her. (Capital New York)

Gov. Cuomo has ties to a number of mayoral candidates. (The New York Times)

Comptroller candidate Kristin Davis arrested on charges of selling prescription drugs. (Village Voice)

WNYC's refresher on how to vote in New York City. (WNYC)

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daniel.steinsayles@gmail.com (Daniel Stein-Sayles) The Eye-Opener Wed, 07 Aug 2013 11:44:12 +0000
Today's Lead: City Graduation Rates Dip, Steady Statewide http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/06/18/todays-lead-city-graduation-rates-dip-steady-statewide http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/06/18/todays-lead-city-graduation-rates-dip-steady-statewide

The city's graduation rate dropped to 64.7 percent from 65.5 percent, while the state's rate held steady at 74 percent. This is the first year where students are required to earn a Regents diploma by passing five required state exams with a score of at least 65. In the city, the dropout rate fell to 11.4 percent from 22 percent in 2005, but only 38.4 percent are considered ready for college or a career. About 30 percent of students in the state graduated with a more advanced version of the Regents diploma, an indicator of college and career readiness. Graduation rates in some of the state's other big cities fell far behind New York City's.

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Doubts Linger About Bloomberg's SeaPort City (Wall Street Journal)

Quinn’s History Of Mastering The Insiders’ Game (NY Times)

A Peek At $3 Billion Brooklyn Of The Future (NY Post)

NYPD Boosts Presence In Sandy-Damaged Neighborhoods After Looting (DNAinfo)

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mmuller@gothamgazette.com (Mike Muller) The Eye-Opener Tue, 18 Jun 2013 12:10:27 +0000
Literacy Advocates Rally Against NYC Budget Cuts http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2013/06/11/literacy-advocates-rally-against-nyc-budget-cuts http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2013/06/11/literacy-advocates-rally-against-nyc-budget-cuts

By Maya Miller and Latima Stephens

As the budget dance enters its final steps, advocates still have some moves left for Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

At least 200 adult literacy advocates congregated at City Hall Park today to protest cuts to at least three education programs. Joined by Comptroller John Liu as well as Council members Gale Brewer, Sara Gonzalez and Matthieu Eugene, those in attendance said they are in it for the long haul.

“It’s a fight every year to get the City Council and the mayor to work together to put funding back in the budget,” said Sierra Stoneman-Bell, co-director of the Neighborhood Family Services Coalition.

The most recent budget put forth by the Bloomberg administration would cut approximately $7 million from the adult literacy programs. As a result, the cuts would eliminate 7,000 seats saved for helping New Yorkers learn English, which those at the protest said is vital to their and their families' livelihoods.

“We need to speak more English to help our children with their homework and to get a better job,” Maria Beroa, 35, said.

Born in the Dominican Republic, Beroa now lives in Brooklyn and takes English as a Second Language classes at Borough of Manhattan Community College.

“Maybe if they see the people here they will know we truly need the program,” she added.

The programs at risk include: the Department of Youth and Community Development’s adult literacy program, which teaches adults the reading and writing skills to get a job; the Adult Literacy Services Initiative, which offer programs in basic education and English as a second language; and the Immigrant Opportunities Initiative, which provides affordable legal services and English classes to immigrant communities.

The Bloomberg administration and the Council have until June 30 to finalize the 2014 budget.

Liu, whose People’s Budget project ranked adult literacy as the number one budget priority, expressed his support for the restoration of money to the programs, especially those that cater to immigrant communities.

“This is a city that if you come here, you work hard, you dream big and then you work a little harder, you can achieve great success,” said Liu, also a Democratic mayoral hopeful. “But not if they cut off the funding. Not if they don’t allow our people to get the education they need.”

Amy Mereson, director of Youth Education and Arts Programs at University Settlement, echoed Liu’s call for comprehensive support for education.

Things are moving in the wrong direction,” Mereson said before criticizing Bloomberg’s record. “The ‘education mayor’ cannot limit his definition of education to young children. The city is full of immigrants where English is a requisite to jobs. It is a necessity.”

Those in attendance said that they are more than familiar with the budget dance, this being the third year of budget cuts to adult literacy programs in New York.

Mae Dick, 62, retired last year after having spent over 40 years in the adult education field and said she has seen it happen again and again.

"I've been in this field forever. We're here every year," Mae said, "and we always have to fight."

Photo by Latima Stephens/Gotham Gazette.

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guest@gothamgazette.com (Guest) City Tue, 11 Jun 2013 22:55:16 +0000
Parents Union Adds Bloomberg to Lawsuit http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/education/2013/02/27/parents-union-adds-bloomberg-to-lawsuit http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/education/2013/02/27/parents-union-adds-bloomberg-to-lawsuit The New York City Parents Union is adding Mayor Michael Bloomberg's name to their lawsuit that aims to stop city schools from losing $250 million in education aid.

The group won a temporary junction to stop Gov. Andrew Cuomo from putting in place the cuts that were triggered by the failure of the Bloomberg Administration and the United Federation of Teachers to work out a deal on teacher evaluations.

In allowing the injunction, a state judge ruled last week that children should not be punished for a failure to reach a deal.

The Parents Union says Bloomberg's attorney informed them today that the Mayor is going forward with the $250 million in cuts. So now the group has added Bloomberg, the New York City Department of Education and Chancellor Dennis Walcot to the lawsuit and asked the judge to extend the temporary injunction to them.

"We are appalled that Mayor Bloomberg has decided to cut $250 million from New York City's public schools despite the fact that parents have obtained an injunction against Governor Cuomo and New York State Education Commissioner John B. King, Jr., stopping them from taking education funds due to the lack of agreement between New York City and the UFT on a teacher evaluation system," said NYC Parents Union President Mona C. Davids in a statement. "Is Mayor Bloomberg above the law?"

Her statement continued:

Mayor Bloomberg is punishing our children for the failures of adults. It is unconscionable to punish innocent children and play politics with their education.We are now forced to add Mayor Bloomberg, Chancellor Dennis Walcott and the New York City Department of Education to our lawsuit as defendants.

We will continue to fight to ensure our children receive the funding to which they are entitled -- funding awarded by the state legislature. This entire teacher evaluation debacle is more proof that we need parent empowerment, including independent parents having a seat at the education policy and decision making tables.

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dking@gothamgazette.com (David Howard King) Education Wed, 27 Feb 2013 21:57:00 +0000
Today's Lead: Lack of Funds for NY's Schools http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/12/12/todays-lead-lack-of-funds-for-nys-schools http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/12/12/todays-lead-lack-of-funds-for-nys-schools

The city missed out on $40 million in federal Race to the Top funds for failing to provide budget, timeline and personnel information. The city scored 186 out of a possible 210 points on its application. A number of points were lost simply for incomplete answers. Meanwhile, federal negotiations over the fiscal cliff could lead to $164 million in cuts to federal aid for programs for special-education and lower-income students in the state. In other related news, schools in New York's poor districts still lack basic resourcessix years after a landmark court ruling required the state to increase spending on public education.

Today's Report

How Start Ups Could Benefit All

The benefits of the city's start up boom have been concentrated among those with technical and entrepreneurial skills, according to this report by the Manhattan Borough President's Office. The study offers ways the city could ensure that jobs in these industries are accessible to all.
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mmuller@gothamgazette.com (Mike Muller) City Wed, 12 Dec 2012 13:20:09 +0000
Growing More Gardens For NYC Schools http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/11/15/growing-more-gardens-for-nyc-schools http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/11/15/growing-more-gardens-for-nyc-schools

NEW YORK — Councilwoman Jessica Lappin has introduced a bill which she says will help bring the “farm-to-table” concept to students throughout the city by fostering the development of school gardens.

“New York City kids know how to navigate the subway system, but many have no idea where their food comes from,” Lappin said in an interview today.

The “farm-to-table” concept aims to educate people about how meats and grains are grown and then processed into the food that ends up in their meals.

Lappin’s bill, which she introduced at yesterday’s stated Council meeting and will go through the committee on education that she sits on, would establish a new interagency school gardens “team” within the mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability.

The team would consist of the commissioners of Buildings, Education, Environmental Protection, Health and Parks, as well as the chairperson of City Planning.

The team would be responsible for creating a catalogue of school gardens throughout the city; promoting community participation in school gardens; and spurring development of new gardens through incentive programs.

The team would also be required to submit an annual report on school gardens to the mayor and the Council speaker.

The bill was inspired by Grow to Learn NYC, the citywide school garden initiative established in 2010 as a public-private partnership between the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, GrowNYC and a number of government agencies.

The goal of the program is to “inspire, promote and facilitate the creation of sustainable gardens in public schools throughout New York City.” Such gardens, the program argues, lead to “changing eating habits, connecting children to the environment, and fighting childhood obesity.”

While there are roughly 1,600 public schools in New York City’s education system, only 229 schools throughout the city’s five boroughs are currently registered with Grow to Learn NYC as having gardens.

There are many similar programs throughout the United States, including Washington DC’s “City Blossom,” Sacramento’s “WE Garden in Capital Park,” and Chicago’s “Organic School Project.”

Gardens are located in classrooms, schoolyards, rooftops and, occasionally, are run in partnership with urban farms or community gardens.

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Image of 5th Street Farm, a New York City public school green roof farm, courtesy of Inhabitat. Used under Creative Commons license.

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webmaster@gothamgazette.com (Administrator) City Thu, 15 Nov 2012 02:45:41 +0000
Headlines: Effects of Sandy Linger; Cuomo to Probe Utilities http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/11/13/headlines-effects-of-sandy-linger-cuomo-to-probe-utilities- http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/11/13/headlines-effects-of-sandy-linger-cuomo-to-probe-utilities- In many pockets throughout the city, the effects of Sandy are still being felt. It could be weeks before damaged hospitals reopen, but Mayor Bloomberg $500 million emergency plan for those hospitals and also public schools. Out of the city's 1,750 schools, 37 remain shuttered. Public housing residents who still have no power will receive a rent credit for their time without services, but not until January. Rockaway is still a demolition zone and mold is becoming a large concern. The city is launching "one-stop restoration centers" that will provide recovery services and disaster relief. The extra money Gov. Cuomo requested from the federal government is far from definite.

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mmuller@gothamgazette.com (Mike Muller) City Tue, 13 Nov 2012 13:24:15 +0000
Headlines: Traffic Emergency, Recovery Continues http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/11/01/headlines-traffic-emergency-recovery-continues- http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/11/01/headlines-traffic-emergency-recovery-continues-

Today's Lead Stories...

Partial Transit Restored, Free Rides


Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a traffic emergency for today and Friday making mass transit free for those using the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's busses and trains. "The service in many cases is limited, the service in many cases will be crowded," Cuomo said at a late night press conference in the city. The move came afterimmense gridlock Wednesday. City busses were jammed with commuters and gas lines stretched for over half a mile. Commuters who wish to drive into the city will have to car pool. The entire transportation infrastructure has yet to be restored with flooding still impeding some routes but partial service has been restored. Check out the MTA's post-storm stubway map.




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dking@gothamgazette.com (David Howard King) City Thu, 01 Nov 2012 12:33:46 +0000
Headlines: Civil Rights Groups Sue Over Schools Policy; Paid Sick Leave; Stop-And-Frisk http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/09/28/civil-rights-groups-sue-over-schools-policy http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/09/28/civil-rights-groups-sue-over-schools-policy

Civil rights and educational organizations are alleging that New York City's single-test admittance policy for eight top specialized high schools discriminates against black and Hispanic students. The groups filed a lawsuit yesterday to have the policy found in violation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Mayor Michael Bloomberg defended the entrance exam, saying "life isn't always fair." “We’re not here about equal results. We’re here about equal opportunity," he continued.

In the Press...

NYC: World's Tallest Ferris Wheel Planned For Staten Island (Gotham Gazette)

McDonald to abandon re-election bid (Gotham Gazette)

City says it is improving compliance on English language learning (Gotham Schools)

MTA approves new guidelines for advertisements (NY Times)

Weakend paid sick leave gains favor in City Council (NY Times)

Espada lawyer files motion to withdraw from case (Daily News)

Bloomberg criticizes Bronx DA for stance on stop-and-frisk arrests (NY Post)

Prescription drug overdoses, deaths up: city health officials (NY Post)

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webmaster@gothamgazette.com (Administrator) City Fri, 28 Sep 2012 16:36:36 +0000
Today's Lead Story: City Students Start School Year http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/09/07/todays-lead-stories-city-students-start-school-year http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/09/07/todays-lead-stories-city-students-start-school-year

City Students Start School Year

Over one million students started the school year yesterday, as Mayor Michael Bloomberg touted his oversight of the district and Chancellor Dennis Walcott toured the boroughs to greet children and teachers.“I think it’s indisputable that our schools are heading in the right direction," Bloomberg said during a visit to Middle School 327 in the Bronx. GothamSchools live-blogged the day.

In the Press...

City wants to accelerate marketing of logos (Daily News)

Popular Bronx 'flan man' stumps for Rivera challenger (Daily News)

Taxi commission says cab-hailing apps prohibited (NY Times)

Cuomo touts accomplishments during appearance at Democratic convention (Wall Street Journal)

Ethics board tells Assembly Democrats to preserve records (Associated Press)

Speaker Sheldon's actions won't be focus of ethics inquiry (NY Times)

Q&A with Atlantic Yards watchdog journalist (MetroFocus)

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webmaster@gothamgazette.com (Administrator) City Fri, 07 Sep 2012 14:31:10 +0000