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Extracurricular Summer Camp?

KJ Dell'Antonia, editor and lead writer of the Motherlode blog for The New York Times, talks about the pressure on parents to design curricula for their children in coding and other subjects and to send kids to a summer camp for those extra skills.

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NYC Chancellor Raises Standards for Superintendents

New York City's Department of Education is raising the minimum requirements for the job of district superintendent with an eye towards strengthening the chain of command — and supports — running from the top all the way down to individual school principals.

Teen Accused of Killing Classmate Appears in Family Court

The Bronx 14-year-old's case is likely to proceed quickly now because of his age.

'Innovation' Schools Get a Chance to Shake Up the Rules

Dozens of city schools will have the freedom to stray from the rules this fall in the name of innovation.

The District Lines that Divide

In a small section of Jackson Heights sits the 'lost peninsula,' an oddball zone where kids must change schools across district lines twice before the sixth grade. 

Opinion: Let's Talk Class Size

Longtime advocates for smaller class sizes say now is the ideal time for the city to live up to its 2007 commitment to bring down the number of children in every grade level.

The Final Push to Graduation

Danielle Motindabeka has overcome incredible odds to succeed in the United States—she has learned English and made a home here. She tried very hard to graduate high school, and the last test she needed is one she's failed three times.

Arts Funding in NYC Schools Gets Boost

Sometimes it's the art class that connects a student to school. And that's why the city is adding 120 new arts teachers at targeted middle and high schools next year.

School Data Show Student Churn in Early Years

Overall enrollment in the New York City schools fluctuates slightly from year to year, but data show that many students who start early in the school are not the ones finishing.

I was able to celebrate my achievement with my second family, WNYC Radio Rookies It was really a BIG SURPRISE!


Summer School in Full Swing

That was a short break. Tens of thousands of students across New York City headed to summer school on July 1.

NYC Tweaks How it Reports School Crowding

NYC school communities concerned about overcrowding and connoisseurs of obscure technical reports take note: the next version of the "blue book" is out. City officials say they tried to make it easier to read.

The High School Finale: Graduation Day

On Thursday, 46 students from West Brooklyn Community High School graduated from high school. As Principal Gloria Rosario said: "Some students just need a push through the graduation door."

What to Do With Your Child's Artwork?

One art teacher who's also a parent says he saves about 10 percent of his children's art. How did you handle all that cute and unwieldy stuff that came home from school? 

Radio Rookie Danielle Finds Out Her Regents Exam Results

Radio Rookie Danielle Motindabeka reported this week that she was taking the US History Regents exam for the fourth and final time. It's the one thing standing in the way of her getting her high school diploma. Danielle went to find out her results.

After six years of high school this NYC student is determined to graduate - today.

On this last day of school in New York City, we meet Paula Dinh, a student who was determined to get her diploma after six years of high school.

"If I could go back in time and talk to myself, when I was younger, I think I would do it. ...

Determined to Graduate: 'You’re Going to See Me on That Stage'

It was a battle to the end for Paula Dinh. After years of skipping class and other bad habits, followed by a big push to change her ways, Paula finds out if she finally earned a high school diploma. 

Farewell School Days. Hello Summer.

Students and school staff of the New York City public schools will call it a year on Thursday, and welcome two months of summer vacation.

One Test Away from a High School Diploma

Danielle Motindabeka has overcome incredible odds to succeed in the United States - she has learned English, made a home here and is trying very hard to graduate high school. And the last test she needs is one she's failed three times already.

De Blasio Promises Smoother Path for Special Needs Parents

Pressure from families and state lawmakers has led the mayor to promise to change the way the city refunds special-needs families who send their children to private and parochial programs. 

High School Grad Rates Make Modest Climb in New York

The percentage of New York students who graduated within four years rose but not by much, and state officials said they could do better.