In a show of solidarity, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and the teacher's union are both coming down on the side of Planned Parenthood. A day after the mayor made a $250,000 gift to the health organization, the United Federation of Teachers is answering the mayor's call for matching donations with a $125,000 gift of its own.
A new report shows that New York City comes in dead last among 26 urban school districts when it comes to making sure low-income children receive a free breakfast at school. But education officials say the comparison is not fair because the city's school system is much bigger and more complex than any of its counterparts.
A new sex education mandate is taking effect in New York City public schools, starting Tuesday in the high schools. All public middle schools and high schools are required to include sex education lessons in existing health classes. Many schools already provide sex ed, but New York City is now mandating those lessons for the first time. Here is a primer on how the new program will work.
For many students at Manhattan Theatre Lab, the closing of their school is a personal affront. They defend the school, saying it is more than a set of numbers, and are mobilizing to present their best defense of the school at Tuesday's school closing hearing.
Apple is hoping to put an end to the days of students weighed down with a backpack full of textbooks. The tech company said it's aiming to change the way students use textbooks with a free app for downloading those schoolbooks to an iPad.
A City Council stalemate over a so-called living wage bill has ended with a deal that could raise the pay for several hundred workers a year at city-subsidized developments.
For the first time, emergency dispatchers from the NYPD, FDNY and Emergency Medical Dispatch services are in the same location and using the same technology to respond to 911 calls. The mayor touted this coordinated approach as a major milestone in the city's emergency call system, which has been in need of an overhaul for decades.
New York City police say a man has confessed to a string of arson attacks at an Islamic cultural center and four other sites on New Year's Day.
The American Museum of Natural History plans to put its galleries and laboratories on offer to master's students in a new training program in earth science education. The Master of Arts in Teaching program is meant to address a shortage of qualified earth science teachers in high-need public schools in New York.
New York City education officials and the teachers union say they will not be able to reach an agreement on a new teacher evaluation system by a December 31 deadline. Without an agreement, the city Department of Education will have to forfeit $60 million in federal grant money meant to help 33 struggling schools.
For many high school seniors, this vacation week may be spent working on, or perhaps agonizing over, college applications. Deadlines for many universities are in January, while others, such as CUNY, follow a February 1st cutoff. A college admissions counselor offers some advice on getting through the application process.
P.S. 48 elementary school in the Bronx is celebrating being one of three grand prize winners in the "Glee Give a Note" campaign. The school will receive $50,000 in January for its music program.
The U.S. is officially bringing its mission in Iraq to a close after nearly nine years at war, the loss of more than 4,400 U.S. service members and more than 32,000 wounded in combat.
Several advocates for sex trafficking victims are pushing the City Council for legislation that would penalize livery car drivers for knowingly transporting individuals forced into prostitution.
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.