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March 31, 2019
A $1 billion boost, mayoral control, and tweaks to parent councils — what to know about New York’s budget deal
Mayor Bill de Blasio earned a three-year extension of his control of city schools — the longest renewal since he took office in 2014.
March 29, 2019
As New York state budget deadline approaches, mayoral control and education funding still in negotiations
While it seems likely that Mayor Bill de Blasio will retain control of schools through the end of his term in 2022 — possibly with some caveats — it’s still unclear how much education funding the governor, the Senate, and the Assembly will agree to distribute throughout the state.
March 7, 2019
Faith, business leaders sign letters urging extension of mayoral control
The letter, dated March 4 and signed mostly by Christian and Islamic leaders across the city, urged Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, and Speaker Carl Heastie to give the mayor reins over the school system for at least another three years.
February 25, 2019
New York’s DREAM Act is a reality, but challenges remain for getting undocumented students to apply for financial aid
Advocates and educators are wondering: Will schools be able to guide fearful students through yet another complex process? And how will students like Ejiogu be reassured that sharing information to get tuition help from the state won’t land them in trouble with federal immigration officials?
February 14, 2019
Amazon dropped its plans to come to New York City. Here’s what that could mean for schools.
Amazon’s commitment to city schools were vague from the outset, and it had announced few specific plans, so it’s unlikely the about-face will have big consequences.
behind the budget
February 10, 2019
Budget dance among items on New York Regents to-do list this week
Budget talks, graduation rates and struggling schools are on the agenda Monday for state education policymakers.
February 6, 2019
In first legislative testimony, Carranza decries Cuomo’s proposed school funding formula
Chancellor Richard Carranza said Wednesday Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s pitch for a new state education funding formula would harm a majority of New York…
January 23, 2019
New York legislators pass DREAM Act
After years of stalled progress, a bill that would allow undocumented immigrants to qualify for in-state tuition assistance passed through New York’s legislature…
January 23, 2019
New York legislators overhaul teacher evaluations, removing mandatory link to state test
The bill allows local districts and their teachers unions to decide what kind of assessments should be used to evaluate teachers and requires State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia to decide on a “menu” of alternative assessments for local districts.
December 17, 2018
Defiant, Cuomo invites ire resisting more New York State funding for schools
Cuomo directly placed responsibility for funding schools on local districts, saying the money is “not fairly distributed by them.”
Politics & Policy
December 10, 2018
New York state officials call for $2.1 billion bump in education funding
The proposal is about $500 million larger than last year, which was shrouded in concerns over a state budget deficit and a threat of spending cuts.
December 9, 2018
In first meeting since November election results, the Board of Regents eyes budget for New York schools
While their request will help guide lawmakers as they hash out a spending plan by the April 1 deadline, the final dollar amount is out of the hands of the Regents or other state education department officials.
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November 13, 2018
Four ways Amazon’s arrival in New York City could impact public schools
If Amazon’s impact on Seattle, its primary headquarters, is any guide, there could be reverberations felt in New York City classrooms.
August 29, 2018
New York spends more per student than any other state. A new study suggests it should spend more.
The findings add new evidence to a heated debate about whether the state’s schools are adequately funded.
Nixon vs. cuomo
August 28, 2018
Three education issues to listen for during Cynthia Nixon and Andrew Cuomo’s only live debate
Cynthia Nixon traces her decision to challenge Gov. Andrew Cuomo all the way back to her days as a school-funding advocate.
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