Mayor-in-waiting Bill De Blasio said education is more important to the future of the economy "than it's ever been in the history of humanity" after a meeting with state lawmakers where he sought support for his proposal to raise taxes on the wealthiest New Yorkers to fund pre-kindergarten and after-school programs.
Educators at one Brooklyn high school focus on getting their at-risk students across the threshold of the building. Sounds simple, right? Think again. In the first of a series called Educating on the Edge, we see that tracking attendance here involves a lot more than roll call.
City Council members and the schools chancellor put down their swords during their final encounter Monday, amicably agreeing to disagree on the role of testing in the city schools.
Education leaders and funders outlined what they see as the top priorities facing the next mayor and schools chancellor, including literacy help, more support with college planning and using a wider range of performance measures than test scores.
Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio announced the appointment of his 60-member transition committee, and it includes 10 individuals with experience in education and children's issues.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been a champion of school choice, opening hundreds of new schools throughout the city. But some of the most desirable high schools remain reserved for students in just one school district: District Two which includes the Upper East Side and lower Manhattan.
Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott announced several changes to safety protocols, in the Department of Education's most explicit acknowledgment that changes are needed following the disappearance of 14-year-old Avonte Oquendo last month from his Long Island City school.
Then, Clara Hemphill, senior editor at Insideschools.org at The New School, offers guidance for students and parents deep in the public high school admissions process, with the deadline just after the holiday.
Make sure to check out our map to find whether your school's grade went up, down or remained flat. Dive in. And let us know what you're finding.
Principals across the city said they were eager to see how a new mayor would approach grading schools and supporting those that are struggling.
More than 60 percent of the city's public schools received A's or B's on their annual progress reports, the last batch to be released by Mayor Michael Bloomberg. City officials defended the annual data as the incoming mayor said he would scrap at least the letter grade portion of the progress reports.
There are fewer volunteers showing up at the family's command center, and the announcements made by the MTA about Avonte Oquendo are fewer and farther between. More than a month after the autistic boy disappeared from Riverview School in Long Island City, his family has entered a new phase in their anguishing search.
Two top state education officials talk to SchoolBook about the misunderstandings around testing and whether the new teacher evaluation system will add to what already feels like a testing overload to many educators. Listen to the Q&A for some clarity.
Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch defended the state's commitment to raising standards, despite what she called "a lot of upheaval" as parents and teachers get used to tougher exams and a new curriculum. But in a rare show of unity, the city's Chief Academic Officer and the president of the teachers union took issue with giving "bubble tests" to children as young as kindergarten in order to evaluate teachers.
Francesca Berisa and Ashley McCarthy are both 13-year-old eighth graders at I.S. 2 in the New Dorp section of Staten Island. After Sandy, Francesca and her family moved to the southern tip of the island because they lost their house.
Three weeks after he disappeared, the family of Avonte Oquendo lashed out at the city's police commissioner for suggesting the boy could be dead.
Details are starting to come out about possible security lapses at Avonte Oquendo's school, as the third week since he disappeared closes without any signs of him. The autistic teenager ran from his school in broad daylight; hours passed before a full-scale search was launched.
Sandy took a heavy toll on certain schools in New York City, including one on Staten Island school that saw many of its students displaced. The kids are back now, and they've been learning techniques to cope with the memories, one year later.
The Schools Chancellor stopped by the WNYC studios to talk about the double whammy educators are facing this year, with a new teacher evaluation system and brand new curricula tied to the Common Core standards. Teachers had lots of questions for him. Take a listen.