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StudentsFirstNY Weekly Education News Roundup: December 16-20

In this week's education news: NYC Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott reflects on accomplishments during the Bloomberg administration, columnists discuss the future of NYC education under Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio, and NY State education leaders and Teach For America support the Common Core standards.

Opinion: de Blasio Can Succeed Where Others Have Fallen Short
NY Daily News // December 16, 2013

Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio has a golden opportunity to adopt Mayor Bloomberg's successes in education and apply them across New York City.

NYC Education Chancellor Focuses on Securing Bloomberg’s Legacy
Crain's New York Business // December 16, 2013

New York City is anxious to learn who mayor-elect Bill de Blasio will select as the new Chancellor of Education. Current chancellor Dennis Walcott shares his thoughts on NYC education as he prepares to leave office, making sure Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s school-reform policies are secured.

State Education Leaders Stand By the Common Core
Times Union // December 16, 2013

Recently, the New York State Educational Conference Board issued five recommendations to help improve the transition to the Common Core curriculum.

NY Times Editorial: What We Can Learn From Other Countries
New York Times // December 17, 2013

A recent survey by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development indicated that out of twelve developed countries, American adults only performed better than two countries in mathematical and problem-solving skills. High performing countries demonstrate successful education policies that the United States should adopt to improve student performance.

Mayor Bloomberg Leaves Important Education Legacy
New York Post // December 17, 2013

During his twelve-year term, Mayor Michael Bloomberg made a significant impact on New York City, including great improvements to the school system. Bloomberg fully supported the charter school movement and is the first mayor to obtain complete control of NYC schools.

Teach For America Endorses the Common Core
Education Week // December 18, 2013

Teach For America, an organization that enlists recent college graduates as teachers, has released a statement supporting the Common Core standards.

New Report Finds Bloomberg Education Reforms Will Create Economic Gains
Capital New York // December 18, 2013

A new report finds that education reforms under Mayor Mike Bloomberg have led to student success that will boost incomes and property values in New York City.

How Students in One NY School District Are Benefiting from the Common Core
Times Union // December 18, 2013

While some adults continue to critique the Common Core, students are benefiting from higher standards in the classroom.

Editorial: The Next NYC Schools Chancellor
The Observer // December 18, 2013

New York City Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio is facing pressure to select a chancellor that will place the students’ interests above the United Federation of Teachers and special interest groups.

Mayor Bloomberg Transformed NYC Education
Queens Chronicle // December 19, 2013

As Michael Bloomberg’s term comes to an end, his most controversial decisions that transformed New York City schools are reviewed. Being the first to have mayoral control over NYC education, Bloomberg created more than 100 charter schools, increased the number of career and technical schools, and improved SAT performance among high school seniors.

How Public and Charter Schools Can Get Along
WNYC // December 19, 2013

With the number of public and charter schools increasing in New York City, real estate is limited causing schools to share the same space. New York City principals give advice on how public and charter schools can share space in an effective and cooperative manner.

Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott Reflects on his Accomplishments
GothamSchools // December 19, 2013

New York City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott has served in his current position since April 2011.

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