NYSUT Threatens Electoral Action Over Charter Support

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If the teachers’ union has its way, the control of State Senate this year will be determined by the debate over the role of charter schools in New York. The New York State United Teachers and its powerful city-based local, the United Federation of Teachers, are pledging to oppose any legislator or candidate for statewide office who voted to lift the cap on charter schools. Meanwhile, advocates for the schools are pooling their money in a bid to keep charter-friendly… [More]

Push-And-Pull Over School Closures As Court Ruling Gives Advocates A Reprieve

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Mayor Michael Bloomberg's January announcement of plans to close 19 city schools prompted a series of raucous public hearings, often stretching into the dead of night, with angry residents demanding that the mayor and Schools Chancellor Joel Klein reverse course. In the end, all 19 schools were approved for closure.… [More]

Charter Schools Fight For Equal Funding, Though Critics See Evidence Of Abuse

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For all their points of contention, charter school advocates and critics agree that the complex funding formula that bankrolls the schools is fundamentally flawed. Advocates say the current funding formula, based on the amount a school district spends per pupil the previous year, discriminates against charter school students, especially after the state last year froze aid for charters at 2008 levels.… [More]

With Six Of 17 On Regents Board Up For Reappointment, Calls To Change Process

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On a Wednesday in early February, Board of Regents member Roger Tilles walked into his reappointment interview with Assembly Members Deborah Glick and Cathy Nolan. Six minutes later, he walked out with a pretty clear feeling that he would retain his seat for another five-year term.… [More]

City Should Close Schools Only When All Else Fails

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In late January, nine of 13 members on the Panel for Educational Policy voted to close 19 low-performing schools. The vote came at the conclusion of an eight-hour meeting where the testimony ran approximately 300:1 in opposition to the closures. The vote reflected very little public sentiment. What good is a public process if input is not seriously considered and the outcome is always predetermined?… [More]

For NYU And Columbia, A Continuing Balance With Neighborhood

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Columbia and New York University, two of the three biggest schools in the city, both have plans to expand significantly over the next 25 years into their surrounding neighborhoods. NYU’s tentative plan requires the school, already the largest private university in the country, to acquire roughly 6 million more square feet of space in the city—on top of the Polytechnic Institute in Brooklyn, which NYU purchased in 2008.… [More]

In Lawsuit And Negotiations, Mulgrew Sets New Tone For UFT

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On Jan. 5, United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew stood before a small crowd of reporters to announce that his union would be suing the city Department of Education (DOE) for allegedly misusing state funds that were intended for class size reduction. “It is an example of gross mismanagement,” Mulgrew said. “And that is the easiest and nicest way to put it.”… [More]

NYSUT President Tries To Influence Approach On Charters

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In early September, Richard Iannuzzi boarded Air Force 2 and took a seat next to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Iannuzzi, president of the powerful 600,000-member New York State United Teachers union (NYSUT), had been invited to the vice president’s plane to make the case that the state deserved a major slice of the $4.35 billion in federal stimulus funds, which Duncan will soon dole out to states that appear to be implementing his agenda… [More]

Candidate’s Brief Tenure As School Board President Marred By Corruption

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One job conspicuously left off Gulluscio’s r%uFFFDsum%uFFFD: A brief stint as president of his local school board in 1989 which ended in his dismissal by the chancellor after an investigation revealed that Gulluscio had earned his appointment as president in exchange for votes on other matters, including the installation of his campaign manager as an elementary school principal.… [More]