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Yasmeen Khan

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Schools Closed Until Monday; Staff Returns Friday

Thursday, November 01, 2012

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.

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Schools Closed To Students Until Monday; Staff Returns Friday

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

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.

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Wake-Up Calls Include Reformed Students

Monday, October 29, 2012

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.

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Students Set Their Sights on a Specialized High School

Thursday, October 25, 2012

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.

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Duncan Emphasizes Teacher Quality Over Class Sizes

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

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.

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Brooklyn Latin Students Say Diversity Improves School

Friday, October 12, 2012

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.

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District 2 Parents Mull Latest Rezoning Plans

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

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.

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Special Ed Provider Shortage Persists

Monday, October 08, 2012

With a chronic shortage of speech-language pathologists, education officials and the teachers' union are working together to recruit more providers.

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36 Middle, Elementary Schools Put On Notice

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

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.

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Methodology of Progress Reports Under Scrutiny

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

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.

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Middle School Grades Reflect High School Prep

Monday, October 01, 2012

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.

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Discriminating Test

Monday, October 01, 2012

An NAACP lawsuit contends that the path to entry in NYC's elite public high schools is discriminatory. Yasmeen Khan, WNYC associate news producer covering education and politics, discusses the case. 

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High School Application Season Kicks Into Gear

Friday, September 28, 2012

The city's high school fair takes place this weekend, one of several early steps in the application process.

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Admissions Test For Elite Schools Prompts Complaint

Thursday, September 27, 2012

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.

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City Sets Aside Dollars for More Full-Day Pre-K

Monday, September 24, 2012

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.

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Schools Try to Shed 'Turnaround' Title

Sunday, September 23, 2012

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.

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DOE: Special Ed Changes Progressing Well

Friday, September 21, 2012

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.

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School Yard Politics: A Guide to Who's Playing

Monday, September 17, 2012

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.

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Final Job Fair for Teachers Seeking Work

Sunday, September 16, 2012

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.

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9/11 Revives Early Memories for High Schoolers

Monday, September 10, 2012

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."

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