Two high school students from New York City who met the South African leader as sixth graders in 2009 share their impressions with WNYC. "I shook his hand and even though he was weak and sickly at the time his handshake was one of the firmest I’ve ever had," one student said.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said he wants changes to a bill that would make medical marijuana more accessible to chronically ill children in the state. He sent the bill back to the New Jersey legislature with recommendations.
A box of student essays, written as part of the Regents English exam, went missing shortly after the Department of Education took it for scanning and scoring by an outside contractor. On a rainy August Wednesday, about 80 11th graders returned to school to re-take the test.
Despite test scores going down throughout New York, the gap between rich and poor remains when it comes to student performance.
“The districts that are lower-needs districts significantly outperformed the other districts in the state,” said State Commissioner of Education John King at Wednesday’s press conference in Midtown.
After more than five years of fundraising, planning and development, the Newark Riverfront Park is opening to the public Saturday, Aug. 3, bringing new life to the once-blighted waterfront.
Facing federal budget cuts to the funding for research grants, 165 university presidents published a letter to President Obama and Congress warning of an “innovation deficit” that could threaten the economic strength of the nation.
The new common application for U.S. colleges and universities was released Thursday, updated to encourage a broader diversity of students to apply to college.
Brooklyn firefighters gathered at Fairway Market in Red Hook Wednesday to compete in the third annual Fairway Firefighters Food Face-Off. Four teams of firefighters from various Brooklyn firehouses competed to win the coveted title of best barbecue — the winning recipe is below.
Ten-year-old John Coburn was bent over his laptop typing and clicking away. Carefully, he connected a small stuffed “android,” which he sewed out of felt, to his computer, typed a command and watched the android's tiny light-bulb eyes blink faster.
Many of the parents who came to a recent information session in the Bronx said they were surprised by the complexity of the high school admissions process. “There’s so much competition out there so we want to start early,” Victoria Laguda said. “I think the way the system is, slow and steady wins the race.”
More than one hundred students and instructors gathered on Tuesday at Democracy Prep Middle School in Harlem to discuss the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin.
A pilot program that blends academics with enrichment activities had elementary and middle school students creating a magazine on Bronx wildlife, cooking up fresh omelets and learning a salsa dance routine -- and that was just on Thursday.
About three dozen New York City kids participated in the free swimming lessons at Roberto Clemente Park in the Bronx today as part of a summer program to teach kids the basics of swimming. Lessons are also given at Riverbank State Park in Upper Manhattan.
“This isn’t about the politics of the classroom, and we’re not going to evaluate their dancing,” said Jason Gordon who works in public relations and is married to a teacher. He organized the party as a gift to all New York City teachers.
SchoolBook interviews an expert in summer learning who says kids lose a grip on all they mastered during the school year if they don't work those mental muscles over the summer. And it adds up: most of the achievement gap seen in ninth graders can be attributed to unequal access to summer learning opportunities.
Madeleine Brennan started working as principal of J.H.S. 201 The Dyker Heights School in 1963. As this school year ends, so does her 50-year tenure at the middle school. Teachers said Brennan expected a lot of them but in exchange gave them love and support in spades.
School is out. Students in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, share their summer plans and talk about the bittersweet feeling that comes with the end of the school year. Plus, Mayor Michael Bloomberg gives his only commencement speech in the public schools this year.
The Department of Education launched this year’s summer meals program which starts Thursday at M.S. 131 in Manhattan’s Chinatown, where Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott said the free meals are key to combatting hunger when school is out.
During the final meeting of the school year for the Panel for Education Policy, members voted to approve a new citywide Gifted and Talented school in two separate locations in Queens, but the transition phase will take longer than many parents wanted.
The debate team at the KIPP AMP charter school in Crown Heights only started four years ago, but it's heading to the national tournament in Alabama this week for middle school debate teams.