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.
The city's brand new deputy chancellor for special education offers an update on the roll-out of changes in special education this year. All schools are expected to add the services necessary to accommodate students with disabilities who are eligible to attend.
Education is always a political issue in New York City. The public schools are run by the mayor, and the city has a strong and powerful teachers union. There are also a few other well-organized groups that are pushing for different education reforms. We've made a guide to who's who in schoolyard politics.
As is the routine at the beginning of each school year, teachers without permanent positions line up at recruitment fairs and apply for work. About 1,800 teachers remain on the city’s payroll without jobs. They’ll have a chance to meet hiring principals at the season's final recruitment fair this Wednesday.
Many New York City schools will take the opportunity to examine the 9/11 attacks in the classroom today. Most students were too young to fully remember the events of the day. But, as one Bronx Science student puts it, the event still "feels like something from the present rather than something from history."
School Chancellor Dennis Walcott said Sept. 6 is a day to focus on the anticipation and opportunity implicit in a new school year. Any policy debates or disputes will have to wait until another day.
In the days leading up to the start of school, many students are still figuring out where they're going to report for the first day of classes. They include students who are new to New York City - and to the country - or those who are transferring from another school. Administrators are scrambling to find seats and register them all.
The Education Department is changing the rules around suspension of younger students. Children in kindergarten through third grade can no longer be suspended for more than five days for disruptive behavior, such as pushing and shoving.
Menus designed by celebrity chefs such as Jamie Oliver and Michael Anthony are returning to city schools, now that the Department of Education says Wellness in the Schools can keep working in its cafeterias. The city had halted the program out of concern that it would not meet strict new federal nutrition standards but it now says the menus will be tweaked to comply.
New York City school principals are back at work this week to prepare for the start of a new school year September 6th. They have a lot on their plates, because of several new reforms. SchoolBook wants to hear from principals on how they're getting ready for school, so don't be shy. Let us know what you're doing.
Some Brooklyn residents worry about the city's plan to house suspended high school students in a building next to a popular playground. They also question the adequacy of the site itself.
City Council members are urging the Bloomberg administration to get more students who qualify for a free breakfast at school to participate in the program. The Council passed a resolution on Wednesday, by a wide margin, calling on the Education Department to mandate that all schools serve students a free breakfast in classrooms instead of in cafeterias.
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.