In Sunday's New York Times Magazine (and now online), a former Moscow bureau chief puts his children into Russian schools even though they do not speak a word of Russian.
An audit by Comptroller John C. Liu found mistakes in the city's so-called Blue Book, which is used to help calculate school and classroom space needs -- like classrooms measured at half their actual size and rooms used as classrooms that were not counted as such. In some cases, the mistakes led to an overestimation of a school’s occupancy, while in others, they made schools appear less crowded than they are. The Department of Education said the errors are not significant.
The world-famous chorus director at P.S. 22 on Staten Island, whose fifth-graders sang "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" at the Academy Awards, started the day like he does every other: with coffee, and Tori Amos.
For everyone -- students, parents, teachers, staff and administrators -- the first day of school means a fresh start. And many of you will want to record it for your personal history books. Send your photos to us, too, so we can put together a montage of moments from homes, streets, classrooms and school hallways around the city this Sept. 8, 2011.
In a back-to-school interview, the head of the nation's largest school system promised more outreach, said he does not believe in tenure, worried about the release of teacher data reports, and hoped that this year, "every article and conversation is about education and not fighting."
Every summer, teachers from the Urban Assembly School for Applied Math and Science in the Morrisania section of the South Bronx make home visits to incoming sixth graders -- a rare practice that was described in The Times's Metropolitan section on Sunday. Stephen Slater was one of those teachers. Here is his journal about the experience.
The United Federation of Teachers is leasing space in its Lower Manhattan building to the city for a new alternative learning center for about 70 students. Michael Mulgrew, the union president, said these are students who have received a superintendent's suspension for typically 30 or 60 days, and need to attend class in a separate site with special services.
Holly Epstein Ojalvo and Annie Thoms, both teachers at Stuyvesant High School, were just beginning their day when the Twin Towers were hit on 9/11. On The Learning Network blog, the two write about how they and their students turned an international calamity into creative works that helped all of them cope, and learn some lasting lessons.