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August 14, 2019
Top city lawmakers say NYC should test entire schools for lead paint — not just classrooms
The city does not inspect cafeterias, art rooms, gymnasiums, and certain rooms where students with disabilities get extra help.
March 20, 2019
‘Everything is on the table’ — Carranza talks budget cuts to NYC schools at City Council hearing
The chancellor’s testimony touched a numerous hot button issues beyond funding. Here’s what else we learned at Wednesday’s City Council hearing.
February 25, 2019
New York City Council grills top education department officials on special education
City councillors pressed education department officials Monday on shortcomings in the city’s special education system: thousands of students going without…
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November 2, 2018
As New York City starts collecting data on inequities in PTA fundraising, the search is on for potential solutions
By making the data more accessible, the hope is to launch an informed conversation about how the city might address the “glaring disparities” that arise from the PTA Haves and Have Nots.
the road to albany
August 23, 2018
Union chief says de Blasio’s plan to scrap the SHSAT is going nowhere in Albany
“I don’t believe at this point in time it can pass in the next legislative session because it has been so highly politicized,” said UFT president Michael Mulgrew.
June 12, 2018
City budget includes influx for school accessibility, social workers for homeless students
This week’s agreement includes more funding for some of the city’s most vulnerable students.
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May 22, 2018
New York City lawmakers press Richard Carranza on paid parental leave, counselors, and school accessibility
Council members pressed the new schools chief on some of the mayor’s spending priorities during the nearly four-hour hearing.
February 27, 2018
New York City lawmakers grill officials on controversial ‘Renewal’ program
"The concept of a community school has now become confused with the negative image of a low-performing Renewal school."
February 21, 2018
Segregation, struggling schools, ‘a larger vision’: What Councilman Mark Treyger is watching as NYC gets a new schools chief
“How can you have a conversation about computers when the lights don’t even work?”
February 13, 2018
How well does your school serve students with disabilities? A proposed law in New York City would make that clear.
Citywide, more than a quarter of students with disabilities only receive some of the services they’re entitled to — or none at all.
Follow the money
December 11, 2017
Rich PTA, poor PTA: New York City lawmaker wants to track school fundraising
New York City is home to some of the richest PTAs in the country, while other schools struggle to even recruit parent volunteers.
October 27, 2014
Ahead of special ed hearing, advocates say many concerns need airing
Tuesday's special education hearing will be a chance to touch on issues of equity, class sizes, related service delivery, and improving instruction for students with disabilities.
May 23, 2013
UFT endorses 13 City Council candidates, including a teacher
The United Federation of Teachers might not have endorsed a mayoral candidate yet, but that doesn't mean it hasn't been busy picking politicians to support. The union has endorsed candidates in more than 40 local and citywide races, too. The UFT endorsed 13 City Council candidates in their Democratic primary races at its Delegate Assembly meeting Wednesday night. Seven of them are running for seats whose current occupants cannot run again because of term limits. The union plans to endorse candidates for all 19 open council seats. The union endorsed state Assemblywoman Inez Barron in the primary for the 42nd district, an East New York seat that has been filled by her husband Charles for the last 12 years. It's support that Charles Barron could not secure last year while running against Hakeem Jeffries in a Democratic primary for Congress. In that race, the UFT opted not to endorse either candidate. The UFT is also supporting one of its own in the 47th district primary, which encompasses several southern Brooklyn neighborhoods. Mark Treyger, a civics teacher and union delegate from New Utrecht High School, officially got the union's support on Wednesday evening.
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