Author Archives: Meghan E. Murphy

Grading Cuomo’s education grant policy

So, it’s gotten to the point where I wake up the morning after writing a column with an epiphany about the perfect way to explain a concept. The bad news for me is that I can’t sleep in. The good news – for you – is that I have a blog where I can share […]

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More than 350 Long Island school principals oppose state approach to evaluations

School principals on Long Island are banding together to say what a lot of local administrators have already: the teacher and principal evaluation system is too much, too fast. The principals drafted and signed a later critiquing how the state could spend millions on changes that don’t have a foundation in research. In fact, 10 […]

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New coalition spells out mandate relief specifics

As the next legislative (and budget) session approaches, groups across the state are getting their agendas in a row. Mandate relief promises to be a hot topic for just about everyone and we haven’t heard anything from the governor’s panel since March. So, ten groups representing business, local government and education organizations across the state […]

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Gov. announces $75 million for school performance grant

Gov. Andrew Cuomo just launched his first competitive grant program – a measure he promised in his budget address earlier this year. The pool appropriated was $250 million, Cuomo is offering $75 million of that over three years to districts that apply and win. Only districts participating in Race to the Top reform efforts qualify. […]

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Crunching New York’s national test scores

I’m spending my afternoon crunching data on New York students’ performance on the National Assessment of Educational Progress. The test is widely regarded as a fair and accurate measure of student performance over time in Math and English. New York’s students in the past decade have improved on the math exam and the achievement gap […]

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Occupy comes to the NYC Department of Education

About two hundred parents and teachers carried the Occupy Wall Street protest into the Panel for Education Policy meeting on Oct. 25. The crowd used the “microphone” technique established at Zuccotti Park to voice their criticisms of the panel. After a few minutes, the panel members left the room and began small-group sessions on the […]

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Top court slaps State Ed. for open records suit

A judge Tuesday called a state’s education department legal fight over withholding public records both costly and unnecessary. The department wouldn’t give a list of veterinarians to the Schenectady County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals because it had home addresses on it (which the judge said could simply have been redacted). Instead, […]

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Measures aim to reduce student loan burden

In advance of the president’s speech today, Education Sec. Arne Duncan and White House domestic policy director Melody Barnes Tuesday offered details of the administration’s plan to reduce debt burden for students. The plan would move up to 2012 a measure that caps payments for federal student-loan holders to 10 percent of income. Further, students […]

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Will NCLB waiver and new laws match up?

At last week’s state Board of Regents committee meeting, Ira Schwartz gave a presentation on New York’s potential application for a No Child Left Behind Waiver. Schwartz outlined some of the things that states will be required to do in exchange for the waiver. The agreement includes much of what NCLB already requires plus additions […]

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Governor submits early learning grant seeking $100 million from Race

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office today announced that New York has submitted a $100 million grant application for the pre-school version of “Race to the Top.” The federal government in May announced a $500 million competition for which states could submit proposals to improve early learning programs for low-income children. If awarded the grant, New York […]

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