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."
The city is seeking to change state law to give the schools chancellor final authority to fire a teacher accused of sexual misconduct.
New York's youngest public school students began hearing on Friday whether they received admission to one of 89 gifted and talented programs throughout the city.
With help from a federal grant, special education teachers in New York City are learning how to better incorporate the arts into academics. They're getting new strategies through a program called Everyday Arts for Special Education, which runs on the basic principal that students need to have fun in order to be fully engaged with learning.
More than 5,000 New York City teachers have been assigned to score the state math and reading exams. The work happens at several sites around the city during the school day, which means students are without their regular classroom teachers for several days at a time.
Education officials say they will not make personnel decisions at 24 schools scheduled to be closed and reopened this summer, until a court hearing next week. Unions representing the city's teachers and principals claim that the city's plan to replace staff members at the schools violates their contracts, and they are seeking a restraining order so an arbitrator can have time to rule on their complaints.
SchoolBook is examining the issue of how to incorporate news headlines into the classroom by hosting an event with teachers on Tuesday. Ahead of the discussion, WNYC's "Brian Lehrer Show" spoke with Peter Nelson, director of the New York City branch of the organization Facing History and Ourselves, to ask how to blend current events with curriculum demands.
Pearson, the testing company, says it stands behind the math and reading tests the company developed for New York State this year and, in a letter to the state Education Department, defended its decision to include a now-notorious passage about a pineapple and a hare on the eighth grade English language-arts exam.
After months of citywide debate, amended bills and two lengthy legislative hearings, city council members officially passed the so-called living wage bill by a 45 to 5 vote. But not before one final bit of drama.
Following a push by City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, state lawmakers have introduced a bill allowing New York City to make kindergarten mandatory.
As expected, Mayor Bloomberg vetoed the "prevailing wage" bill passed by the City Council last month. And he declared his intent to veto the so-called living wage bill that will likely pass the City Council next week. The City Council, meanwhile, says it will override the mayor's vetoes on both counts.
Seventh grade students from M.S. 22 in the Bronx are learning how to advocate for themselves under the 4th Amendment, the section of the Bill of Rights that protects against unlawful search and seizure. Students showed off their legal expertise with a moot court competition on Friday.
Supporters of a bill to raise New York’s minimum wage made their case to state lawmakers on Monday in Harlem, at a hearing called by Assemblyman Keith Wright. He and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver are sponsoring legislation that would raise the minimum wage in New York to $8.50 an hour, up from $7.25.