Members of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration spread out across the city Monday to congratulate nearly two dozen schools that placed among the top scorers on new state tests administered to students in April. The mayor said that New York City was home to 22 out of the state's 25 top schools.
African-American Democratic leaders marching in Sunday's annual parade in Harlem are preparing for one of two realities in the very near future: a runoff to be held on Oct. 1 or rallying behind a single candidate, Bill de Blasio.
The first week of public school in New York City has come to a close and, considering school actually started on a Monday (when was the last time that happened?), it's been a meaty week.
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When the 2014-15 application period opens for kindergarten, New York City parents will have the option to apply online or by phone rather than personally visiting every school on their list and filling out multiple applications by hand. It may sound modest but Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott called the new system "a major game changer."
Bill Thompson's campaign chairwoman publicly strayed from the campaign script on Wednesday, saying rival Bill de Blasio had a "convincing" victory and that she thinks de Blasio "will ultimately emerge as the nominee of the Democratic party." Merryl Tisch's early endorsement had provided a big boost for Thompson's credibility. But now she's backing away.
A Department of Education program gives students with disabilities the skills to walk the streets of New York safely and take public transportation on their own. For one high school senior in Queens, the training has meant she can commute to school this year without an adult escort for the first time in her life.
New York City public schools sprung back to life on Monday, the first day of classes for more than one million students. WNYC embedded a reporter at at an elementary school for an inside view of the launch of the 2013-14 school year.
School staff have been back at work, readying classrooms, finalizing class lists and delving into professional development workshops before their students stream through school doors on Monday. WNYC captured "the week before" at an elementary school in in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.
Parents opposed to new proposals to open multiple schools in the same building called on the Department of Education to withdraw the plans from the agenda of the Panel for Education Policy meeting next month. The release of more proposed co-locations late on Friday before the Labor Day weekend prompted the parents' outcry.
New York City's approximately 75,000 teachers officially go back to work on Tuesday. And while there are big, new initiatives every year, the 2013-2014 school year comes with at least a couple of fundamental changes for school staff.
With Congress set to debate taking military action in Syria, the Arab American Association of New York is telling its community to expect increased surveillance of Syrian-Americans and Muslims.
With cash prizes on the line, about 25 teenagers spent one of their last days of summer diving into the issue of sexual cyberbullying, or “slut shaming,” and designing digital tools to combat it.
Three years after the city made it harder for teachers to get tenure, just over half the number of teachers who were eligible in the 2012-2013 school year received the job protections. Just three percent of teachers were denied tenure outright, while the rest will stay on probation until another tenure review next year.
Families, the day has come. Nearly three weeks after the state released test scores for school districts across New York, students can now see how they fared on the first-ever tests for third through eighth graders that were aligned to harder learning standards.
A museum exhibit on World War II occupies a very natural habitat this summer: historic Governors Island. The photography and propaganda exhibit was entirely curated by students from the New York Historical Society's internship program.
At the same time that city teachers are absorbing the results of state test scores, they are also receiving training on brand new curriculum materials that, some teachers say, would have been quite useful in the classroom prior to the assessments.
In a large school system where the technology spectrum varies widely — for example, some teachers may be hesitant to embrace new gadgets while other classrooms have iPads for every student — the city is trying to bring together on-the-ground experiences and new ideas for using mobile devices and interactive technology that help students learn.
A group of about 40 boys, ranging in age from six to 19, are devoting part of their summers to learning proper nutrition and how to throw a proper punch. They have discovered, through a pilot program teaching them to box, that both take discipline and require respect for the body.
A dispute between the teachers' union and the Department of Education related to the new teacher evaluation plan has -- once again -- cost New York City schools millions of dollars.
Among the many duties of already overloaded school principals, who say they feel pressure to show results to a data-driven Department of Education, is the implementation of a complex teacher evaluation system coming to all the New York City schools this fall.
"They keep changing the music and we keep dancing," said Brian DeVale, principal of P.S. 257 John F. Hylan in Brooklyn.