New York City is revamping how it teaches many of its special-needs students, who have learning disabilities or moderate behavioral problems. Although the national trend has been to mix more of these students into mainstream classrooms, the city has stuck to an old model of keeping special ed students separate. Until now.
There's a growing body of research that shows that what students do over the summer affects their academic careers -- and whether or not they will be likely to graduate and go on to college. And since lower-income students are more likely to lose academic skills than their peers from higher-income families, New York City has begun a pilot program to help keep these students on track during the summer months.
About 30,000 young New Yorkers are working their summer jobs through the city's youth employment program. But, due to budget cuts, that's the lowest number of job-placements in more than five years, and the future outlook for summer job prospects isn’t much better. The city is already projecting a scaled-down program next summer.
Members of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's education commission heard from education professionals, students, parents and advocates Thursday in the Bronx. It was the first city hearing in a statewide tour soliciting feedback on how best to reform New York's public education system.
After the release of statewide test results, schools are drilling down on their individual performance data. We sought teachers' views on how to put this year's results into context.
While all New York City students showed improvement on state tests, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg on Tuesday set aside special praise for charter schools, which have shown greater improvements in proficiency since 2010. Critics say it is because charters attract higher-performing students, but the chief executive of the New York City Charter School Center said the results are "cause for optimism."
Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott said education officials would meet with the principals of 24 so-called turnaround schools on Tuesday afternoon to go over their budgets and help discern staffing needs, since recent hiring and firing decisions at the schools were reversed in late June by an arbitrator’s ruling. He also said the city would "work in collaboration" with the teachers' and principals' unions to make sure schools were ready for September.
Summer school started Monday for New York City students needing the extra instruction to advance to the next grade. City officials acknowledge that summer school has a negative connotation, and they are hoping to change aspects of the program starting next summer, officials said.
Some major eating was underway in Coney Island thanks to the annual hot dog eating contest, where the two reigning champions ate their way to victory.
As the Hudson River dazzles under the light of 50,000 pounds of fireworks Wednesday evening, the East River — and the people who live along it — may wonder when that waterway will get another turn to shine.
In September, most students with disabilities will be able to attend their neighborhood school. This means schools will have to follow the student's individualized education program, or I.E.P. It’s a legally binding document that spells out the needs of the student and it's not always easy to get the plan right.
It's an odd end to the school year for many students. Since there were no snow days this year, the Education Department is allowing more than 650 schools to cancel classes Monday and Tuesday to allow for professional development for teachers. But students need to show up for a half day on Wednesday to pick up their report cards.
Schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott is honoring nearly 200 graduating seniors Monday night who have overcome what he calls "remarkable obstacles" to earn their diplomas. One of those students is Daniel Gillen of Beacon High School.
The family of a Brooklyn middle school student plans to sue the Department of Education, saying he was beaten by two classmates and left blind in his right eye. The boy, Kardin Ulysse, says the school staff did nothing to prevent or stop the incident.
Seniors, you can have the final word. SchoolBook wants to hear your anecdotes, wisdom and parting thoughts about high school life in New York City. Some of the most compelling stories may be published in The New York Times, told on WNYC and shared with SchoolBook readers at the end of the month. But first you have to submit something.
Arne Duncan, the United States secretary of education, urged New York grant makers to support reforms in curriculum, testing and teacher evaluations so that the state -- and the country -- can catch up to the rest of the world.
The City Council wraps up hearings this week on Mayor Bloomberg's executive budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2013. The public is invited to weigh in on Wednesday afternoon, the final day of hearings.
Congratulations, seniors, you've nearly made it to the end. Just ahead of graduation, SchoolBook wants to collect your wisdom about what it's like to attend high school in New York City.
SchoolBook attended the CIty Council hearing on next year's school budget so you didn't have to. We have the highlights and details.
New York is one of 19 states to receive a federal waiver from complying with provisions of the No Child Left Behind law. State Education Commissioner John B. King says the waiver allows New York to disregard requirements that were "unproductive or unrealistic."