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January 4, 2019
As New York’s 2019 legislative session starts, a Senate education leader heads to rehab
When New York state lawmakers convene next week for the first time in 2019, one legislator with education expertise will be absent: Sen. John Flanagan,…
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.
June 12, 2018
Senate Majority Leader proposes new teacher evaluation bill — but it comes with charter school concessions
Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan released an overhaul teacher evaluations — but it has strings attached that will make it hard for some lawmakers to accept.
hitting a snag
May 8, 2018
New York’s State Senate Majority Leader doesn’t endorse teacher evaluation legislation – but doesn’t rule out action either
With his statement, Flanagan leaves the door open for passing a bill this session, but possibly with changes or strings attached.
February 6, 2018
Charter advocates descend on Albany but could see fewer battles in 2018
In some ways, charters are in a secure space because the sector isn’t fighting potentially harmful legislation.
July 6, 2017
Some charter school teachers could become certified without a master’s under proposed new SUNY rules
New regulations proposed Thursday by the SUNY Charter School Committee would allow charter schools to use their own training programs.
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.
one day more
June 20, 2017
It’s crunch time in Albany. What will happen to mayoral control?
With control of New York City schools expiring at the end of June, lawmakers must decide if they will grant another extension and whether there will be strings attached.
dear de blasio
May 22, 2017
Flanagan blasts de Blasio on ‘transparency’ as mayoral control fight heats up
Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan sent a letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday tying transparency to mayoral control.
November 9, 2016
Republicans appear likely to hold State Senate, paving way for (another) tough fight over mayoral control
Republicans are declaring victory in their efforts to maintain control of the New York State Senate, which could mean another testy fight over mayoral control.
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.
Man with a plan
June 14, 2016
Tuesday’s mayoral control update: A three-year proposal from Flanagan meets quick rejection
State Senate Leader John Flanagan, who has been threatening to hold lawmakers to another short, one-year extension of mayoral control, put forward a new plan Tuesday.
blast from the past
June 6, 2016
Lawmakers ask for education data watchdog, though similar access was granted 7 years ago
State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan introduced a bill that would grant a new “education inspector” access to records and data from the education department
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