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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.