From expanded all-day pre-K programs, extensive community engagement, and a focus on English-language learners, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Chancellor Carmen Fariña are making their mark on New York City education. Still, the administration has taken some criticism for being slow to articulate a turnaround plan for the worst performing schools.
While the union has succeeded in temporarily blocking a requirement that its members contribute to their health benefits, broader questions about the school district's authority to make unilateral changes to employee contracts remain unsettled.
The union, angry over the district's unilateral move to cancel the teachers' contract, is asking for the dispute to be moved to Philadelphia's Court of Common Pleas
The hard-charging superintendent is stepping down after an at-times tumultuous run as chief of the nation's second largest school district.
State officials stopped short of saying that cheating occurred at the elementary school, but noted that "significant" changes—including a high number of erasures from incorrect to correct answers—signaled that testing protocols were not followed.
Deasy is credited with raising graduation rates and achievement outcomes for minorities, but in recent months, his leadership has been marred by the fallout of his technology initiatives and low morale among teachers and staff.
New findings show that New York City's "small schools of choice" raise graduation rates and boost college enrollment for economically disadvantaged students.
On the low end, Prince George's County in Maryland spent $10,408 per pupil in the 2011-12 school year, while the District of Columbia's public charter schools spent $18,150 per pupil, according to an analysis of spending data by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute.
The move to end the youth anti-smoking program came after criticism from Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., who said it would only postpone smoking, not prevent it entirely.
The trial in the nation's largest cheating scandal is now in its third week. A dozen former educators and administrators face felony racketeering charges for their alleged roles in changing students' test scores to inflate performance and qualify for bonuses.