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A Class That Loops Together, Learns Together

Looping is when teachers stay with the same class of students for more than one year. At Brownsville’s P.S. 446, teachers say it works well for maintaining discipline, and it’s even better for helping them improve as teachers.

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Yes to Gov. Cuomo’s Merit Pay Policy

Merit pay for teachers makes intuitive sense. By rewarding the best with cash bonuses, the theory goes, teachers will respond by working harder. Students will, in turn, perform better. Bright young people will be drawn to a profession that rewards excellence. Bad teachers will get the point and look for the exit door. Such is […]

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Liberals Attack Common Core

Common Core standards have had their fair share of detractors but rarely has it faced opposition from the left – no less New York state. A recent New York Times piece reports that New York’s statewide teachers union has retracted their support for Common Core, while in a rare move both side of the New […]

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Pooja Bhaskar teaching a 9th grade science class.

Transitions: Bread & Roses Staff Faces an Uncertain Future

With Bread & Roses beginning its phase out next school year, ninth grade teacher Pooja Bhaskar and guidance counselor Sabrina Cochran worry that they will no longer be needed.

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Teacher Fired for Using School Email for Personal Ads

A special education teacher at Manhattan’s P.S. 183 was fired after a DOE investigation found he had used his school email account to send sexually explicit emails in response to Craigslist ads, reported the New York Daily News. The DOE’s investigation found he had “committed employee misconduct by sending inappropriate e-mail communications from an e-mail address […]

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New Study: Bad Teachers Show Early Signs

The preliminary findings of a new study suggest the worst teachers can be detected within their first two years on the job, according to a report by Education Week. The study, done by researchers at the Center on Education Policy and Workforce Competitiveness, looked at data from New York City elementary schools to determine how teachers […]

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Growth in School Hiring Higher than Growth in Students

In an Education News report, findings showed that since the 1950s, the number of teachers and non-faculty staff has outpaced student growth. Data published by The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice says that the number of teachers and full-time staff grew by 386 percent while the number of students grew by 96 percent. The research […]

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Survey on How Teachers Feel About Guns in Schools

The results of a national teacher survey released on Wednesday show that the majority teachers may not actually support guns in schools. The online poll results showed that 72.4 percent of teachers “would not likely bring a firearm to school, if allowed,” according to the Huffington Post. The poll was administered in January by the […]

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Survey Finds, Digital Divide Proves Major Challenge for Low-Income Students

Last Thursday, Pew released a report called “How Teachers Are Using Technology at Home and In Their Classrooms.” They surveyed 2,462 American teachers about digital media use in classrooms, and found that low-income students seriously lack access to broadband internet at school and at home. The survey also found that 56 percent of teachers who […]

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Mayor Bloomberg’s Final Budget Slashes Teacher Jobs, Afterschool Programs

Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s preliminary budget, which was unveiled last week, envisions a $70.1 billion plan for the next fiscal year that includes the loss of hundreds of teachers through attrition and other classroom cuts, according to DNA Info. The budget got a boost from rising tax revenues. But it also reflects the possible loss of […]

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