A WNYC program looks at local community groups and their organizing efforts to help schools in struggling neighborhoods. A professor says the most successful models he studied were those that developed deep roots in the community and helped parents push for change in a collaborative way to improve education for their children.
Many teachers say they are ready to trade in the imagery of apples, A B C's and chalkboards for a more high-tech branding of the classroom. How would you redesign teachers?
New York City education officials are talking to parents this week about how to set pre-K students on the path to college. They are beginning a series of citywide information sessions on the issue for the first time.
A group of civic leaders in Queens is proposing once again to turn an old rail line that runs through Forest Hills into an elevated park. Several community leaders proposed the idea a few years ago, but the project stalled. Now, leaders say there's more political buy-in.
A New York State supreme court judge issued an injunction saying that Con Ed cannot evict the developer of an Islamic community center near the World Trade Center site despite being owed back rent.
Had a hankering to plant a community garden? Want to scrub the graffiti off a nearby building and paint a mural instead? The non-profit group Citizens Committee for New York City is taking applications for its annual neighborhood improvement grants. The program gives small grants to projects in low-income neighborhoods.
Friends and foes of a local living wage bill packed a New York City Council committee hearing Tuesday to examine the merits of a revised version of the legislation.
As the city council revives the debate over a living wage bill on Tuesday, more than a thousand people packed Riverside Church Monday night to show their support for the measure.
City council members are reviving the debate over a living wage bill by introducing a revised version of the legislation on Tuesday. The proposed measure, called the Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act, would require that businesses in development projects subsidized by the city pay workers $10 an hour with benefits.
New Jersey is one of 11 states Wednesday that applied for a federal waiver from elements of No Child Left Behind, the federal education law. New York state is also expected to apply for the waiver by February.
Seven New York City math and science teachers who try to make learning experiential and (gasp!) fun will receive Sloan Awards for Teaching Excellence in Science and Mathematics, an honor that seeks to recognize exceptionally dedicated and creative high school educators.
When members of the public want to know how many people visited city-owned museums in a given year or how much city agencies paid workers in overtime, they can check the Mayor's Management Report. On Monday, city council members examined the merits of the report itself by asking: How well are we measuring the city's performance?
Parents, students and teachers demonstrated in support of Public School 161 in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, which is in danger of being closed by the Department of Education. The school's supporters said they had a plan and just needed time to improve.
Now in her 49th year at the helm of a Brooklyn middle school, Principal Madeleine Brennan is well-versed in the peculiarities of young teenagers. In order to lead them, she says, you just "have to love that age group." Brennan will be honored by her union Tuesday night as the longest-serving junior high school principal in New York City public schools.
The Hudson Yards development project on Manhattan's west side now has the anchor tenant it needs to start construction. The leather-goods maker Coach Inc. will occupy a third of the commercial space in a new 51-story tower at 30th Street and 11th Avenue. Mayor Bloomberg says the deal means the far west side's economic potential is now becoming a reality.
When the Mayor's Awards for Art and Culture are given out, the principal of a special education school will be recognized alongside luminaries including Mikhail Baryshnikov, the musician Jimmy Heath, the artist and architect Maya Lin and Stephen Sondheim.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg, city Comptroller John Liu and labor leaders said Thursday that they've developed a plan to potentially make New York City a national leader in the way public pensions are governed.
Parents and students held a rally on Tuesday outside a Manhattan elementary school in protest of budget cuts and a recent 'F' grade on the school’s annual progress report. Public School 137 is now on list of 20 struggling schools, which some parents see as a sign that the school will be phased out.
There are about 8,000 people waiting for an organ transplant in the New York metropolitan area. Yet there were less than 250 organ donors last year — a drop of 18 percent from 2009. The New York City Council Committee on Health meets Monday afternoon to discuss efforts to increase organ and tissue donation.
Students who are the victims of harassment and intimidation by their peers can now call an after school hotline staffed by professional counselors. It's a new initiative launched by the United Federation of Teachers, which plans to expand the program in January to include text messaging and online chat services.