Here's the good news: Nationally, there are more high-achieving students from low-income families than previously thought. The bad news is that they are not applying to selective colleges at the same rates as their more affluent peers.
Parents and advocates pressed education officials on how they're anticipating the needs of special education students as instructional goals change. The answer often boiled down to the city schools needing time to adapt the new Common Core learning standards to fit all students in the system.
Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott said he's planning next year's budget without $250 million in state education aid, money the city lost when it failed to reach an agreement on teacher evaluations, despite a legal challenge to the loss of funds.
The computer has spoken and high school matches are out: Of the more than 63,000 eighth graders who applied, 90 percent received a match to one of their choices.
The Panel for Educational Policy heard from school communities who opposed the plan to shutter 24 schools. Many of the comments were directed at Mayor Bloomberg and his decade-long policy of closing failing schools.
The Panel for Educational Policy is certain to approve proposals to close 22 more schools at its Monday night vote. And there's reason to believe more closures will come before the end of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's term.
The Department of Education has revised the set of schools it intends to close. Both Lehman High School in the Bronx and P.S. 140 in Queens will stay open, with some changes.
Families have until April 5 to apply for public pre-kindergarten programs in New York City. Schools chancellor Dennis Walcott visited a Brooklyn program Tuesday, noting the importance of "high-quality learning" as well as the 4,000 additional full-day pre-k seats in parts of the city.
The Department of Education said it must restructure a popular middle school program for gifted students in Queens, in order to make room for more general education students down the road. The decision has infuriated many parents of both general education and G&T; students, who say that the D.O.E. ignored their wishes and made changes to a program that no one asked for.
The Education Department is collecting thousands of kindergarten applications ahead of the March 1 deadline. There may be an uptick in the number of families applying this year because all five-year-old New Yorkers are now required to attend school.
New York and New Jersey stand to lose millions in education funds if sequester cuts go into effect on March 1, and already-strapped school districts will be left to trim their budgets for the 2013-2014 school year.
New York City schools have two new reigning indoor track and field champions: The girls' team from Benjamin Cardozo High School in Queens, and the boys' team from the Thomas Jefferson Educational Campus in Brooklyn. Athletes competed for their individual bests as well, along with a chance to move on to the state championship this weekend.
Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott and teachers' union president Michael Mulgrew said they prefer to negotiate a new plan for evaluating teachers.rather than allow the state to call the shots and impose a plan on New York City.
Education officials have reversed a decision to open a Success Academy charter school in the same building as Brownsville Academy High School. The move comes after Brownsville students filed a lawsuit to fight the co-location.
A new campaign is underway to help those who have started the G.E.D. process to complete it before January when a new exam, aligned to Common Core standards, will replace the current five-part high school equivalency test.
Tired of waiting for Mayor Bloomberg and the teachers' union to agree on teacher evaluations, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he'd propose a back-up plan for New York City in the form of a budget amendment which would give the state authority to implement its own plan for New York's largest school district.
On the first night of school closure hearings, Deputy Chancellor Marc Sternberg will at least be able to tell angry crowds that more students can now transfer out of their closing schools. He said the expanded transfer plan was part of the city's strategy to expand school choice.
To avoid losing hundreds of millions of dollars in federal education money, School Chancellor Dennis Walcott released details on how the city will prepare teachers and school leaders for a new evaluation system in time for the 2013-14 school year.
At a hearing on the cost of transporting students to school, City Council members pleaded with Chancellor Dennis Walcott to do what he could to to end the school bus strike. Thousands of students have been without yellow bus service since the strike began on Jan. 16. He stuck to the city's position that there is nothing it can do to resolve the standoff.
After the early engagement process this year, which noted the poor performance of 60 schools, education officials identified about two dozen schools for closure. The public hearings start soon but there are no expectations that anything will change the minds of D.O.E. officials. Why were some schools spared and others closed? "That's the mystery," said one Community Education Council member.