July 29th, 2013

Education Groups Detail Mayoral Roadmap

By Beth Fertig, SchoolBook

A coalition of community groups laid out what they call their “education roadmap” for the next mayor. Their priorities include greater funding for public schools, more arts and physical education education and a smaller role for standardized tests.

The group, A+ NYC, includes about 50 different nonprofit advocacy, youth service and community based organizations. Members drove a blue school bus around the city, starting last fall, to meet with communities and determine their priorities for the 2013 elections.

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July 29th, 2013

Parents Protest DoE Plan to Keep Students in Failing Bronx School

By Lindsey Christ, New York 1

Parents and children from P.S. 64 in the Bronx came down to the Department of Education headquarters in Lower Manhattan on Monday to ask for help. This spring, the DOE decided to close the school, saying it has failed.

Parents agree, saying the school is really bad. But because the DOE plans to phase out the school slowly, over several years, parents are worried for their children, who will be stuck there in the meantime.

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July 29th, 2013

Parents, Pols Rally Against Dezoning Uptown Schools

By Nigel Chiwaya, DNAinfo

NORTHERN MANHATTAN — Parents and politicians from across the city joined forces Tuesday to rail against the potential dezoning of their schools districts.

Through the day and at different points in the city — first at a rally outside theDepartment of Education‘s headquarters and later at a public forum in Washington Heights — parents from districts from Inwood to Greenpoint blasted the department for reintroducing the plan to remove school zones.

“Dezoning is a false choice,” said Natasha Capers, a parent from Community Education Council District 23 in Brooklyn, a dezoned district. “My choice is a struggling school across the street — or a struggling school five blocks away.”

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July 29th, 2013

Mayor’s education legacy an issue in NYC race

Associated Press, Wall Street Journal

NEW YORK — Mayor Michael Bloomberg has sought during his three terms to make the city’s sprawling public school system a showcase for get-tough policies such as closing schools deemed to be failing and using student test scores to measure teacher effectiveness.

Educators around the country are now watching this year’s race to succeed Bloomberg because several candidates say they would overturn those policies if elected.

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August 15th, 2012

Coalition Aims to Link School Group and Romney

By Michael M. Grynbaum, The New York Times

Hoping that New Yorkers will think of “Romney” as a dirty word, a coalition of labor unions and liberal advocacy groups is beginning a campaign on Thursday to tie the presumptive Republican presidential nominee to defenders of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s education policies.

The coalition, New Yorkers for Great Public Schools, said it planned to highlight donors who supported both Mitt Romney and StudentsFirstNY, a political group formed as a counterweight to teachers’ unions that oppose much of Mr. Bloomberg’s education agenda.

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