Thompson Feeling ‘Warm and Fuzzy’ About UFT Nod

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Blog, Campaigns/Elections, Daily, Education, Features, Heard Around Town, Labor/Unions, Latest, News

After accepting a key endorsement from the United Federation of Teachers Wednesday, mayoral candidate Bill Thompson pledged to take a markedly different approach to negotiating retroactive raises than Mayor Michael Bloomberg–with whom the union has had a contentious, often combative, relationship. When asked whether he thought teachers deserved retroactive raises, Thompson, standing with UFT President Michael Mulgrew, said that the fact that UFT members have gone four years without a raise is “irresponsible”, and committed to working collaboratively in negotiations.… [More]

NYGPS: Wolfson Was Paid Consultant For UFT

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Blog, Campaigns/Elections, Daily, Education, Features, Heard Around Town, Labor/Unions, Latest, News

Howard Wolfson In advance of the United Federation of Teachers mayoral endorsement this afternoon, a release sent by New Yorkers for Great Public Schools slams New York City Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson for his “hypocritical” comments in the Post, where he bashed the teachers’ union for their expected endorsement of Democratic mayoral candidate Bill Thompson.  Wolfson accused Thompson of mismanaging the Board of Education when he ran the agency, according to the Post, and added that the UFT is only endorsing Thompson because… [More]

New York City Aims to Help Youths Getting Out of Detention

Written by Mylique Sutton on . Posted in Daily, Education, Public Safety, Trials/Hearings, Uncategorized

New York City government is trying to help young adults who are getting out of jail or detention. But according to Amy Berglio, a staff attorney for the School Justice Project, there are still obstacles that make it difficult to get youths back in school–and she hopes that the process became less painful. “We see time and time again students who are wrongfully prevented or dissuaded from attending school after returning from detention, placement or jail,” she said at a New… [More]

At Education Debate, Weiner “Stands” Out

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Blog, Campaigns/Elections, Daily, Education, Features, Latest, News

With a horde of cameras following him around the stage like a celebrity socialite, Anthony Weiner made his first official appearance at a mayoral debate Tuesday, managing to steal the spotlight by leaning on style over substance. Weiner’s debut seemed to fill, at least momentarily, the vacuum left by City Council Speaker Christine Quinn–herself an outsized personality–who bowed out of the debate at the last minute. Before the debate, moderator Zakiyah Ansari of New Yorkers for Greater Public Schools–who sponsored… [More]

East Ramapo School District Under Scrutiny Of State Education Commissioner [Corrected]

Written by Aaron Short on . Posted in Daily, Education, Latest

State Education Commissioner John King has held several meetings with East Ramapo school district leaders to straighten out its finances, but the state has not discussed taking over the town’s school board. The school district has been the subject of a recent New York Magazine feature detailing the divisive consequences of a Hasidic school board takeover in the Rockland County district. The board has laid off teachers and cut school programs, which have compelled students to demonstrate at board meetings. King singled out the… [More]

No Foolin’! New York Got A Third Straight On-Time Budget — So What’s In It?

Written by Aaron Short on . Posted in Budget/Taxes, Economic Development, Education, News, Public Safety

State Senators Jeff Klein and Dean Skelos (from left) joined Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver to announce a budget deal. (Source: Executive Chamber) They were furiously studying documents, debating the merits of what was on their desks for 20-hour periods last week while consuming a mix of coffee, donuts and vending machine snacks to keep them awake. Was it a group of SUNY Albany students cramming for their last round of midterms before spring break? Hardly. Legislators plowed through a flurry of budget bills during Holy Week, finishing debate in the wee hours of the morning to put a $135 billion budget that… [More]

Talking Points: What State Law Would You Change?

Written by City & State on . Posted in Education, Features, Public Safety, Transportation, Upfront

If you could change any state law, what would it be? Steve Hawley, Republican assemblyman The SAFE Act, even though it’s one of the most recent laws—the way it was done, without public input, without public discourse and hearings; I could never support legislation that is done in the dead of night. Just the fact that I believe it violates the second amendment of the Constitution; I believe it goes against the very constituents that I represent, the vast majority of them. Any time you… [More]