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In Case You Missed It: A State suspension, A Cuomo commission, and a lot of 2012 tension

January 9, 2012
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Tuesday

After months of back-and-forth, warnings by State officials, and a breakdown in talks about a teacher evaluation system that ended with City DOE refusing to negotiate further with the teachers union, the State education commissioner suspended payments of federal grants to struggling schools across New York:

The State though left open the possibility for the payments to be re-authorized:

A State Supreme Court judge rejected a move for a preliminary injunction by parents and advocates that would have forced charter schools to pay rent for space they use in public school buildings:

City DOE announced the public hearing dates for all 25 schools recommended for closure or contraction:

Wednesday

Gov. Cuomo’s State of the State Address included an announcement that he would create an education commission to address what he deemed the high cost and poor performance of the current system:

There were a lot of questions, suggestions and criticisms in response to the idea and Cuomo’s larger education agenda:

Assemblyman Felix Ortiz of Brooklyn called for a hearing on the State education commissioner’s decision to suspend federal grants to struggling schools:

In another response, more City principals signed a petition questioning the State’s underlying issue, teacher evaluations:

Thursday

In something of a reversal, City DOE warned schools receiving the federal grants suspended by the state to not commit any more funds to projects not already covered by the monies; they had told the schools to go on with business as usual on Tuesday:

Ads for the Cobble Hill Success Academy are everywhere in the neighborhood:

Friday

Diane Ravitch posed tough questions to Gov. Cuomo’s yet-unformed education commission in a SchoolBook opinion piece:

According to a national study released Friday in the New York Times, which tracked 2.5 million students over 20 years, teachers who raised their students’ standardized test scores were more likely to have a long-term, positive effect on those students lives well after their schooling:

The State Education Department will release and discuss its new “Accountability System” at the Regents meeting on Monday:


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