Gotham Schools

The Battle Over Public Schools Moves to Center Stage in New York City as New Leader Challenges Privatization Agenda

The populist poetry of Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s campaign has officially entered prose mode with his appointment of Carmen Fariña as chancellor.

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Thank You, Madiba

Editor's Note: Together with the world, we mourn the passing of Nelson Mandela. To help honor his legacy, we reprint here an essay originally published this past July, in celebration of Mandela's 95th Birthday and Mandela Day. It was written by college student Jennifer Montano, and originally published by Gotham Schools.

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NYC School Officials Agree That Kindergarten Through Second Grade Is Too Young for Standardized Tests

When it comes to getting rid of standardized testing in early grades, the city and the teachers union are on the same page — both want them eliminated from their teacher evaluation plans.

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Students at Elite High School Boycott Teacher Evaluation Tests

For some high-achievers at Stuyvesant High School, flunking their latest test is no big deal.

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Under Pressure, Charter Schools Nix Cash-for-Applicant Tactic

A city charter school network abruptly abandoned a recruiting effort [on Friday] that would have paid families cash rewards for bringing new students to its schools. The retraction happened two and a half hours after I reported the effort on Twitter [late last week].

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Would You Want to Be Graded on Your Co-Workers' Performance?

A Bronx performing arts school’s dance instructor will be judged on students’ English exam scores. Physical education teachers at a transfer school in Brooklyn are going to teach Olympic history lessons to prepare students for the history tests that will help determine their ratings. And teachers in Queens are putting the fate of their evaluations into a final exam that they don’t teach, but yields high pass rates.

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New York City Principals: 'We Won’t Use Test Scores to Screen Students'

Distressed by state tests that they say did not reflect the way they want students to learn, several city principals are pledging not to use the scores to help them pick their students.

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NYC Students Panic and Cry while Rushing to Finish New Standardized Tests on Time

If students post low scores on the sections of the state reading test administered today, it might be in part because many could not finish in the allotted time.

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What Does the Ongoing School Bus Strike Really Mean for NYC Families?

One month into 2013, Maria Uruchima has already used up almost all of her sick and personal days getting her son to school.

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NYC Mayoral Candidate Wants City to Pay College Tuition for Top High School Grads

The city should ease the path to college for top high school students by promising them free tuition at city colleges, Comptroller John Liu said [last week] in a “State of the City” speech, his second in 2012.

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