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Anna Phillips

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New York's SAT Scores Are a Mixed Bag

Thursday, September 15, 2011

The results are mixed for New York's students on the SAT this year, while an audit gives the Department of Education bad grades for the way it collects data that helps it make decisions about school and classroom needs.

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Why Are Principals Leaving the City Schools?

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

In the last five years, 35 percent of principals left their city school or were removed, The New York Post reports. And the House of Representatives votes in support of more charter schools.

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City to Enhance its Anti-Bullying Law

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The Panel for Educational Policy will vote Wednesday to try to bring the city's regulations in line with the state's new anti-bullying law. For one thing the change in rules will add the word "weight" to the things that students can't harass and bully each other about.

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State Ed Officials Turn to Cuomo for Test Security Money

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Now that the Board of Regents has started to act to improve test security, the state education commissioner, John B. King Jr., said he will ask Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to come up with money to spare local districts from having to pay for them.

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3,500 Classes With Too Many Students

Monday, September 12, 2011

More children are being squeezed into classrooms this year, with 3,500 classes already recorded that are over the contractual limits for middle and high schools, the Daily News reports. Fewer city schools are on the "persistently dangerous" list this year, down to 9 from 12, according to the New York Post. A Brooklyn school honors 9/11 victims today.

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Reaction to Cheating Recommendations: Who Will Pay?

Friday, September 09, 2011

Members of the Board of Regents say they approve of the state education department's recommendations to prevent cheating on standardized tests. The question now is, who will pay for it?

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The Day After the First Day

Friday, September 09, 2011

In the news this morning: New recommendations in New York to prevent school cheating on standardized tests and an explosion of homeless students in the city system. And here's a reprise of the quotes from students yesterday on the first day of school.

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At a 'Restart' School, It Starts With Long Lines

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Sheepshead Bay High School was in the news this year because it was one of 22 schools spared from closure on the condition administrators bring in a private education-management organization to address problems of persistent violence and low scores on the city's progress reports. Being a "restart" school also means up to $2 million a year, so the school is hiring teachers rather than letting them go; impatiens and petunias helped make it seem welcoming on Day One.

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Students Return to a Leaner School System

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Teachers, principals, and students return to schools today, where the order to do more with less may be born out in larger class sizes, fewer supplies and disappearing after school programs.

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Searching for the Origins of P.S. X

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

If the Tweed Courthouse is now home to New York City’s educational present, then the building directly across from it on Chambers Street is its memory. Part of the Municipal Archive is there, holding decades of the Board of Education's records. That is where I went to track down one of the mysteries of the city school system: where did schools get their numbers?

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On Eve of Back-to-School, Unhappy Parents and Protests

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Dissatisfaction over Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's handling of the city's schools; protests over lost pre-kindergarten seats, school contamination and budget cuts; and, oh yes, SchoolBook are all in the news today -- the last day before the public schools open to students in New York City.

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Who's Who at Tweed: A Guide to the Chancellor's Cabinet

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Former school teachers and principals, political aides and the spokeswoman for two Congressional leaders are among the people in Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott's cabinet.

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Bronx Charter School Screens Students for Admission, Critics Say

Thursday, May 19, 2011

A South Bronx charter school is screening children for admission based on their performance on academic tests, according to parents and several current and former employees of Academic Leadership Charter School.

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City to Decide Soon on Fate of More than 50 Struggling Schools

Monday, November 29, 2010

This week, the city is expected to announce the fate of more than 50 schools that could be closed because of low performance. Some of them could be phased-out starting next fall, while others could get federal funds to make improvements.

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Who Enrolls in a Troubled School? Meet Four Columbus High School Freshmen

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Infuriated by the union’s success in barring the closure of 19 public schools, Mayor Michael Bloomberg asked reporters last month why any parent would send their children to a “failing school.”

At Christopher Columbus High School in the Bronx, one of the 19 schools, there are as many answers to that question as there are freshmen.

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Fixing Schools

Monday, October 18, 2010

WNYC education reporter Beth Fertig, and Maura Walz and Anna Phillips, reporters with GothamSchools.org, talk about the new WNYC/GothamSchools "Big Fix" project.

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Columbus High: The School Left Behind

Monday, October 18, 2010

Christopher Columbus High School sits on a quiet street in the Bronx that's actually a no man's land in the middle of a policy war.

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Introducing The Big Fix: What Will it Take to Transform Three New York City High Schools?

Monday, October 18, 2010

More than 30 schools across the city are about to embark on an experiment to rapidly boost student performance. In a plan endorsed by President Barack Obama, the city will use millions of federal dollars to either resuscitate the schools, or shut them down and open new ones.

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Teachers Contract

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

During the school break, Anna Phillips, reporter with Gotham Schools, a news site focusing on NYC schools, looks at the city's contract negotiations with the teachers' union.

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