School officials are scrambling to re-route buses and get the word out to parents about the start of school Monday. While most students will return to the classroom on Monday, about 100 schools will not open, including schools in eight buildings that are serving as emergency shelters for people displaced by Sandy.
Reporters, experts and listeners provide news and information from around the region as the region continues to clean up and recover.
Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott said the Department of Education will be working all weekend to repair school buildings and communicate with school staff at those schools too damaged to re-open on Monday. He also said the specialized high school and SAT tests scheduled for this weekend have been postponed for two weeks.
Clean-up crews are working around the clock to get schools ready to re-open on Monday. It is still unclear what will happen to the school communities hardest hit by the storm. SchoolBook is working on getting the answers to all of your questions.
The storm known as Sandy has shut down the schools for the rest of the week. Families scrambled to adjust their schedules and city crews started repairs on the 200 damaged school buildings.
New York City students likely will return to school on Monday, making it at least a full week off of school because of damage and clean-up efforts from superstorm Sandy.
With one in five students missing at least 20 days of school per year, the city is continuing it's wake-up call program. The recorded messages, from celebrities and now fellow students, encourage students to get out of bed and get to school.
Eighth grade students hoping to get a coveted spot in a specialized high school take the admissions test starting this weekend. Students from the Urban Assembly School for Applied Math and Science in the Bronx share their thoughts on preparing for the exam.
During the final presidential debate on Monday, President Obama gave a sliver of air time to the idea of class size. And on a visit to Brooklyn on Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan agreed that classes would be smaller "in an ideal world," but reiterated the administration's stance that having a good teacher matters more than how many students are in the classroom.
A recent legal complaint charges that the city’s admissions policy to specialized high schools excludes black and Latino students, particularly at Stuyvesant and Bronx Science. What’s it like to attend the specialized high school with the highest percentage of black and Latino students? Students from Brooklyn Latin tell us.
The Education Department has presented plans to rezone parts of District 2, covering Midtown East, Greenwich Village and Chelsea. Families and local residents can weigh in on the proposals later this month, ahead of the Community Education Council vote.
With a chronic shortage of speech-language pathologists, education officials and the teachers' union are working together to recruit more providers.
The Department of Education is starting conversations with three dozen schools identified as struggling. This "early engagement" process helps determine which schools are proposed for closure.
The city's release of annual progress reports is again raising questions about how useful they are and what kind of snapshot it gives of a school year.
Grades are out for the elementary and middle schools. Based on last school year's data, the results were relatively steady, with 86 percent of the schools not moving up or down by more than one letter grade compared to the year before. Still, 114 schools received C's for the third year in a row, a jump from five that fell into the same category last year. In the past, schools that earned three C's in a row were at greater risk for closure.
The city's high school fair takes place this weekend, one of several early steps in the application process.
Civil rights advocates say too few black and Latino students are getting into New York City's eight specialized high schools. Questioning the reliance on one standardized test as the sole requirement for admission to the schools, they filed a complaint with the federal government.
The city plans to expand its full-day pre-kindergarten program next school year, as demand for the half-day option wanes. The city will match state funding with $20 million dollars to add 4,000 full-day seats. It also will open an early childhood center in Brownsville, Brooklyn for children under the age of five.
City education officials say they plan to give an update in October on the 24 struggling schools they wanted to close and re-open over the summer. Those schools are working to improve student achievement, and are eager to recover from the "turnaround" stigma.