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.
With a chronic shortage of speech-language pathologists, education officials and the teachers' union are working together to recruit more providers.
The Department of Education is starting conversations with three dozen schools identified as struggling. This "early engagement" process helps determine which schools are proposed for closure.
The city's release of annual progress reports is again raising questions about how useful they are and what kind of snapshot it gives of a school year.
Grades are out for the elementary and middle schools. Based on last school year's data, the results were relatively steady, with 86 percent of the schools not moving up or down by more than one letter grade compared to the year before. Still, 114 schools received C's for the third year in a row, a jump from five that fell into the same category last year. In the past, schools that earned three C's in a row were at greater risk for closure.
The city's high school fair takes place this weekend, one of several early steps in the application process.
Civil rights advocates say too few black and Latino students are getting into New York City's eight specialized high schools. Questioning the reliance on one standardized test as the sole requirement for admission to the schools, they filed a complaint with the federal government.
The city plans to expand its full-day pre-kindergarten program next school year, as demand for the half-day option wanes. The city will match state funding with $20 million dollars to add 4,000 full-day seats. It also will open an early childhood center in Brownsville, Brooklyn for children under the age of five.
City education officials say they plan to give an update in October on the 24 struggling schools they wanted to close and re-open over the summer. Those schools are working to improve student achievement, and are eager to recover from the "turnaround" stigma.
The city's brand new deputy chancellor for special education offers an update on the roll-out of changes in special education this year. All schools are expected to add the services necessary to accommodate students with disabilities who are eligible to attend.
Education is always a political issue in New York City. The public schools are run by the mayor, and the city has a strong and powerful teachers union. There are also a few other well-organized groups that are pushing for different education reforms. We've made a guide to who's who in schoolyard politics.
As is the routine at the beginning of each school year, teachers without permanent positions line up at recruitment fairs and apply for work. About 1,800 teachers remain on the city’s payroll without jobs. They’ll have a chance to meet hiring principals at the season's final recruitment fair this Wednesday.
Many New York City schools will take the opportunity to examine the 9/11 attacks in the classroom today. Most students were too young to fully remember the events of the day. But, as one Bronx Science student puts it, the event still "feels like something from the present rather than something from history."
School Chancellor Dennis Walcott said Sept. 6 is a day to focus on the anticipation and opportunity implicit in a new school year. Any policy debates or disputes will have to wait until another day.
In the days leading up to the start of school, many students are still figuring out where they're going to report for the first day of classes. They include students who are new to New York City - and to the country - or those who are transferring from another school. Administrators are scrambling to find seats and register them all.