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Hiten Samtani

Hiten Samtani is a former SchoolBook intern and a freelance journalist based in New York City. Follow him on Twitter @hitsamty

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Mott Haven Ruling Clarifies Toxic Clean-up Process

Friday, October 26, 2012

A ruling from the state's highest court makes clear that the School Construction Authority must outline its plans for long-term monitoring of and protection from toxins at once-contaminated properties that house school buildings, and communicate them to the public.

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School Bus Delays Come Under Council Review

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Parents of special and general education students have collected their fair share of school bus nightmare stories and many will have a chance to recount them at Wednesday's City Council hearing on recent transportation problems. The bus companies are not expected to attend.

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Union: Special Ed Reforms Worsen Overcrowding

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

According to the annual survey of class size conducted by the teachers' union, there were 670 schools with overcrowded general education classes in the city in the first weeks of school, up from 660 last year. The number of overcrowded special education classes more than doubled.

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State Officials Tout Full Day Pre-Kindergarten

Friday, September 14, 2012

State education officials toured a top-performing elementary school in Maspeth, Queens Friday morning.

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Kate Burch: Every Student is an Intellectual

Friday, September 07, 2012

In Principal’s Office, a regular feature of SchoolBook, a city school principal is interviewed for insights into school management and the life of a school leader. Today, Kate Burch shares her experience starting a new school that she hopes offers academic rigor within a nurturing school community.

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Matthew Willoughby: Using ‘Design Thinking’ to Ensure College Readiness

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Matthew Willoughby, who leads the Urban Assembly School of Design and Construction, explains how he gets his students ready for college with creative projects and field trips in addition to traditional academics.

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Nadav Zeimer: Experiments Need Time to Work

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Principal Nadav Zeimer said he is feeling in the spotlight since his school was removed from the turnaround list last year. He wants to prove to city officials that the decision was the right one, and that his transfer students can succeed despite difficult life circumstances.

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City Breaks Ground on New Beacon High School Facility

Monday, August 13, 2012

Beacon High School is getting a brand new facility on West 44th Street in Manhattan. When construction is done, the screened school will have a cafeteria, a gym, and technology and arts labs. There also will be space for the popular school to accept about 300 more students.

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Summer Snapshot From Sunset Park

Thursday, August 09, 2012

A summer day in one Brooklyn neighborhood. Part-time classes, short-term jobs, handball and the Olympics.

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Common Core Standards Boon to E-Learning Industry

Friday, August 03, 2012

Educational Web sites for students and teachers are thriving as more states, including New York, adopt the Common Core curriculum and move toward a somewhat more unified system of teaching and testing. E-learning companies see the standards as a great opportunity, but some warn that it is another way of bringing the private sector into public education.

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Students Urge Teachers to Embrace Digital Tools

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Students at an education conference said it was time to tear down the wall between their digital lives outside of school and in school, where much access to technology is restricted.

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Principal Grapples With Turnaround Aftermath

Thursday, July 26, 2012

A middle school principal is trying to keep morale high while working through the on-the-ground implications of the recent court ruling that halted the city's turnaround plans at her school and 23 others.

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Choosing a High School? Two More Chances to Learn About Admissions

Friday, July 20, 2012

The Department of Education this month is wrapping up a series of high school admission workshops. The last two this summer will focus on specialized high schools admissions: they will be held on Tuesday, July 24, at the Prospect Heights Campus in Brooklyn, and Thursday, July 26, at the Fiorello H. La Guardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in Manhattan.

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More Children Opted Out of State Tests

Friday, July 13, 2012

City officials released figures for the number of children who opted out of state testing: 113 for both the math and English tests. It’s a fraction of the 436,000-plus who took the exams, but three times the number who opted out the previous year, presumably because of a growing number of parents who object to “high-stakes testing.”

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Jill Hoder: Take Public Education Personally

Monday, June 25, 2012

In the final Principal's Office interview of the 2011-12 school year, Jill Hoder, principal of P.S. 161 Arthur Ashe School in Queens, said data helps the school personalize the learning experience for its diverse student body and in inclusion classes that accommodate a special-needs population of 13 percent. "The mission and the motto in this building is that we take public education personally. What you do or what you need to learn is gravely different from what the person next to you needs to learn."

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Parents With Limited English Skills Say City Fails to Help Them

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Several dozen parents gathered on the steps of the Tweed Courthouse on a sweltering Wednesday afternoon, at a news conference to announce a complaint against the Department of Education. The complaint accuses the Education Department of discriminating against parents who have limited English proficiency, and whose children require special education services.

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As PCB Issue Lingers, Removal Will Be Expedited at a Brooklyn School

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

A Brooklyn public school that had leaking light fixtures will be moved to the top of the list of schools with PCB problems, and the city will replace its lighting very soon, city officials said last week. But some health and environmental experts say the timeline for light fixture removal from schools should be expedited citywide.

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Parents and Students Say 'Enough' to More Testing

Thursday, June 07, 2012

At a rally that resembled a street carnival, complete with scarecrows and blowing bubbles, students and their parents said they would sit out the field tests being conducted by Pearson, the company that writes the state standardized tests.

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More Parents Are Saying No to Pearson's Field Tests

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

As city students have begun a new round of standardized tests -- this time so-called "field tests," which are experimental tests that the state-contracted test-maker, Pearson, is using to try out questions on city students for future use -- more parents are talking about opting out. And test resistance appears to becoming more widespread, with substantial numbers of parents at several city schools deciding their children would not participate.

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P.S. 29 Parents Grill Officials Over Construction

Friday, April 27, 2012

For more than three hours in a packed auditorium at Public School 29 John M. Harrigan in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, on Thursday night, parents took representatives from the School Construction Authority to task for what they deemed “unacceptable behavior” involving a $7 million maintenance and upkeep project that began at the school at the end of February.

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