The overall number of suspensions declined by more than five percent last school year, and longer-term suspensions showed an even greater drop. But some of the same trends remained: African-American students and students with disabilities were disproportionately suspended from school at higher rates than their peers.
About 15,000 students are in schools relocated to other buildings after storm Sandy. The students at P.S. 288 on Coney Island are adjusting to the new routine. Some said the comfortable coach buses make it feel like a field trip that happens every day.
Middle school students from I.S. 211 return to their home building in Canarsie on Thursday thanks largely to the hard work of the custodial staff who worked long days to ready the building for classes again.
While the use of school buildings as shelters makes sense in the short term they are not necessarily meant for the long-term sheltering of displaced people. Take a listen to the discussion about school facilities and emergency planning.
As of Thursday morning, the Education Department said all schools are open to students for the first time since Sandy hit the region. Many students expressed relief to be back, even though some are getting used to life in new buildings for the foreseeable future. Students from Scholars' Academy in the Rockaways settled in to a new home at P.S. 13 in East New York.
Three high schools opened Wednesday serving the dual purpose of educating its students and sheltering people displaced by the storm. A small sample of the Brooklyn Tech school community revealed little concern about sharing space with evacuees for now.
Teachers used Election Day, technically set aside for professional development, to offer help to people struggling in parts of the city devastated by Sandy.
Campaigning. Compromising. Figuring out how to represent the people. Student leaders talk about what it means to be a part of student government at their schools, including one overarching rule that could serve the nation's politicians: Don't make any promises you can't keep.
School officials are scrambling to re-route buses and get the word out to parents about the start of school Monday. While most students will return to the classroom on Monday, about 100 schools will not open, including schools in eight buildings that are serving as emergency shelters for people displaced by Sandy.
Reporters, experts and listeners provide news and information from around the region as the region continues to clean up and recover.
Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott said the Department of Education will be working all weekend to repair school buildings and communicate with school staff at those schools too damaged to re-open on Monday. He also said the specialized high school and SAT tests scheduled for this weekend have been postponed for two weeks.
Clean-up crews are working around the clock to get schools ready to re-open on Monday. It is still unclear what will happen to the school communities hardest hit by the storm. SchoolBook is working on getting the answers to all of your questions.
The storm known as Sandy has shut down the schools for the rest of the week. Families scrambled to adjust their schedules and city crews started repairs on the 200 damaged school buildings.
New York City students likely will return to school on Monday, making it at least a full week off of school because of damage and clean-up efforts from superstorm Sandy.
With one in five students missing at least 20 days of school per year, the city is continuing it's wake-up call program. The recorded messages, from celebrities and now fellow students, encourage students to get out of bed and get to school.
Eighth grade students hoping to get a coveted spot in a specialized high school take the admissions test starting this weekend. Students from the Urban Assembly School for Applied Math and Science in the Bronx share their thoughts on preparing for the exam.
During the final presidential debate on Monday, President Obama gave a sliver of air time to the idea of class size. And on a visit to Brooklyn on Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan agreed that classes would be smaller "in an ideal world," but reiterated the administration's stance that having a good teacher matters more than how many students are in the classroom.
A recent legal complaint charges that the city’s admissions policy to specialized high schools excludes black and Latino students, particularly at Stuyvesant and Bronx Science. What’s it like to attend the specialized high school with the highest percentage of black and Latino students? Students from Brooklyn Latin tell us.
The Education Department has presented plans to rezone parts of District 2, covering Midtown East, Greenwich Village and Chelsea. Families and local residents can weigh in on the proposals later this month, ahead of the Community Education Council vote.