Charter School Chatter and Other Education Buzz from Around Town
From the fight over suburban charter schools to the discontinuation of a teacher performance bonus program, it’s been a busy week and weekend for education in the region.
Here are the highlights:
- Get the details of how New York City narrowly avoided 4,100 teacher layoffs. Reported by the New York Times.
- The debate over charter schools is becoming increasingly heated in the suburbs, where many parents believe charter schools are a waste of education resources. Reported by the New York Times.
- After a year of negotiations, the city and the teacher’s union announced that they have reached an agreement to win $65 million in federal aid to improve 33 struggling schools. Reported by the Daily News.
- Three years ago, New York City introduced a $56 million program that gave bonuses to teachers with high performance ratings. In light of a recent study which showed the bonuses caused little change, the program has been cancelled. Reported by the New York Times.
- Despite Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s demand that city buildings stop burning dirty oil, the Department of Education is preparing a $70 million deal with an oil company to use more of the fuel in city schools. Reported by NBC New York.
- The Department of Education released a $2 million survey to foster stronger communication between schools and parents. Reported by the Daily News.