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Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie
March 19, 2019
New York Assembly wants to hold hearings on admission to specialized high schools
The hearings would be a significant step in the debate over a de Blasio administration proposal to scrap the single test that students take to get into the elite schools, which is viewed as a barrier to entry for students of color.
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.
guide to the battle
June 18, 2018
With days left in this year’s session, what will happen with teacher evaluations?
As the legislative session comes to a close, here's what you need to know about the upcoming battle over teacher evaluations.
end of the road
Updated June 7, 2018
Specialized high school admissions bill is on hold until next year, Heastie says
Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said he would take up the issue next session, likely stymying any chance that the bill will come before the Assembly this year for a vote.
Not Done Yet
March 30, 2018
Heading into the holiday weekend, still no budget deal in Albany
Into Friday afternoon, lawmakers remained at the Capitol haggling over details, missing their self-imposed deadline to finish the budget before the weekend holidays.
let the games begin
March 13, 2018
Assembly pushes for $1.5 billion boost to education spending
The proposed increase — which would bring total education spending to $27.1 billion — is significantly more than the governor’s suggested $769 million increase.
trumped up problems
December 12, 2017
As budget talks begin, top New York lawmaker eyes cuts from Washington
The federal landscape could mean this session’s storyline is more about a battle with Washington than internal state politics.
June 29, 2017
State reaches deal on mayoral control, giving Mayor Bill de Blasio a two-year extension
It is Mayor Bill de Blasio's first multi-year deal since taking office in 2014.
June 29, 2017
Albany deal appears close after Assembly passes two-year extension of mayoral control
The bill also includes a number of other provisions, including the reauthorization of local taxes and the renaming of the Tappan Zee Bridge for the late Gov. Mario Cuomo.
June 22, 2017
State lawmakers end session without passing mayoral control. Where does that leave us?
Lawmakers wrapped up the legislative session late Wednesday, though they could return to address mayoral control of New York City schools.
January 4, 2017
Launching 2017 legislative session, Heastie signals support for major increase in school funding
Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said he wants to create a timetable to fully implement a funding formula designed to help needy schools.
on the clock
June 15, 2016
With one day left, here are the unresolved education questions in the state legislature
With one day left in the legislative session, New York lawmakers are entering their final hours to solve a number of education-related issues.
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