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Elbert Chu

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New Investigation Finds High Anti-psychotic Use in Nursing Homes

Friday, March 01, 2013

There is widespread and poorly regulated use of anti-psychotic medications by several New York City nursing homes, according to a new investigation by the Gotham Gazette.

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More Schools Are Not Poor, Not Rich, Just Squeezed

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

About 87 schools in New York City are caught in a squeeze where more than half of their students — but fewer than 60 percent — are considered poor, putting them just shy of qualification for federal Title 1 money. Like P.S. 9 in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, 32 other schools in the next two years will be scrambling to deal with a loss of Title 1 money for services like teachers, aides, literacy programs and basic supplies.

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With Parents' Support, a Chelsea School Goes Healthy

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Adrian Allannic, a third grader, has learned the lessons of healthy eating at home, but at his school, Public School 11 William T. Harris, he gets to live his healthy habits all day. A growing number of more affluent parents and a motivated principal have brought a new emphasis on fresh foods to the school of almost 700 students in Chelsea, Manhattan. Many schools in New York City have taken steps to provide healthier foods for students in their cafeterias, but P.S. 11 has gone further than most. Elbert Chu's multimedia report shows another way in which New York City's parents are Paying for Public School.

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A Harlem Elementary School Offers Arabic Lessons

Thursday, May 24, 2012

The principal and parents at the Hamilton Heights School on Amsterdam Avenue chose to offer Arabic to second through fifth graders partly to help the school earn an International Baccalaureate designation.

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Readers Ask: At Segregated Brooklyn School, Is It Race or Class?

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Hundreds of readers responded to a New York Times article on Sunday about a charter school in Brooklyn that is representative of the many de facto segregated public schools in New York City. They raised issues of class, condemned a climate that is hostile to achievement and questioned whether more black teachers at the school would resolve the problems.

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Fans of Flight Welcome the Space Shuttle

Friday, April 27, 2012

When the space shuttle Enterprise touched down in New York City on Friday, 20 New York City high school students in crisp black military uniforms with red trim and gold buttons presented the national flag during “The Star-Spangled Banner.” It had to be the ultimate thrill for students who work on aircraft everyday.

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Should Cyberbullying Be a Crime?

Friday, April 27, 2012

As schools prepare to put an anti-bullying curriculum in place to comply with the Dignity for All Students Act, legislation has been proposed in New York that would criminalize cyberbullying. Many experts say educational programs work best to teach children to respect each other, but one legislator says stricter penalties are necessary as more youths communicate through texts and the Internet.

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Petition Drive Challenges Standardized Testing

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Critics of high stakes standardized tests have started an Internet campaign to petition for an overhaul of mandated testing.

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At Baruch High School, Math Takes the Prize

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Because of its innovative and challenging math curriculum, Baruch College Campus High School was selected as one of 18 national finalists of the annual Intel Schools of Distinction competition.

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For a Closing School, Mock Trial Team Successes Are Bittersweet

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The mock trial team from Grace Dodge Career & Technical High School gave it their best, but they lost to Hunter College High School in a citywide competition. It was a disappointing loss, considering the school is scheduled for phase out, and neither students nor their coach know whether the mock trial team will continue as the school shrinks every year until closing.

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Learning to Run a Business by Running a Business

Friday, April 13, 2012

Last month, 2,500 people from across the nation and nine countries, including Bulgaria and Indonesia, gathered for a trade show at the Park Avenue Armory on Manhattan’s East Side. Working for companies that ranged from software development to tattoo studios, they hobnobbed and made deals. What made this different from the hundreds of other trade shows in the city each year? All of the participants were high school students who represented 153 schools from the United States and abroad.

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A School Lottery That Favors Needy Children

Monday, April 09, 2012

Children’s Aid College Prep has a space in Morrisania and a new principal in place, and interviews for teachers are under way. All it needs are the children. But the charter school's lottery to fill its 120 initial seats, which took place Monday morning, was slightly different from other school lotteries, with extra weight given to children with high needs.

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Principal Named to Children's Aid Charter

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Ife Lenard, the new principal of the Children’s Aid College and Prep, officially started her role in mid-March. Early worries about low application numbers have passed. She said the school has received more than 300 applications for 120 spots. Now she’s looking for staff.

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For Spelling Bee Champ, Life Is a Series of Boldface Words

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Alexis Tang, 11, who will be one of two students to represent New York City in the National Spelling Bee in June, has practiced her spelling everywhere she went: the dentist's office, even on the streets where signs displayed new words. Her efforts have paid off.

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Intel Competition Was 'Brutal' but Rewarding, 3rd-Place Winner Says

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Judges for the Intel Science Talent Search asked Mimi Yen hard questions and she didn't know the answers to any of them. But her smart thinking helped her win third place in the prestigious competition, breaking a seven-year drought since a New York City student placed in the Top 3.

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Students Pay Calls to Education Panel Members, but No One Answers

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Students who are against school closings or turnarounds tried to see various members of the Panel for Educational Policy, but they were not available. The students say the panel members "rubber stamp'' the recommendations of the city's Department of Education and the mayor on which schools to close.

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High School Admissions: 'When I Opened My Envelope, I Was Shaking'

Thursday, March 01, 2012

More than 77,000 eighth graders learned over the last two days where they will be going to high school in the quintessentially New York process of matching students to schools. One student who got into her first choice, Pace High School, said "I'm still shaking from happiness.''

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A New Bronx Charter School Seeks Tough Cases

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

A new Bronx charter school is looking for the children who challenge most other schools: those who are homeless, from low-income single-parent households, English language learners, or suffering from disabilities that put them at a disadvantage to succeed in school. Surprisingly, they are having difficulty attracting them.

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For Legacy High School Students, a Lesson in Activism Hits Home

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Keyla Marte and other students participating in an after-school program to learn about ways to improve the community took on the effort to save the Legacy School for Integrated Studies in Manhattan, scheduled to be closed by the city. The students used social media and campaign-style strategies to get their message out and to rally support.

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Worms, Roots and Anxiety Lead Three Young Scientists to the Intel Finals

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

UPDATED | Mimi Yen's father thought she was just playing with worms. But Ms. Yen’s countless hours spent in New York University’s Center for Genomics and Systems Biology lab was far from play. Her experiments with worms shed light on how genes control behavior. And her work earned her a place as a finalist in the Intel Science Talent Search, along with HuiHui Fan of Stuyvesant and Danielle Goldman of Bronx Science. Here are their stories.

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