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Tough to the Corps: Teen Girl Wants to Join Marines

Cece Rodriguez may be tiny at 5 ’4”, 100 lbs, but she’s physically strong. Despite her family’s concerns, she dreams of testing her toughness by enlisting in the U.S. Marines.

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I’d be enlisting for my family, to protect them. And that’s worth the risk.

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“I had to give up on a year of school to help support us. And now, sometimes I choose work over school to make myself some money.”

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Mayor de Blasio Issues Stern Warning After Special Ed Teen Disappears from School

NYC officials are investigating what went wrong at the special ed school where a teenager managed to leave undetected almost a year after the tragic disappearance of Avonte Oquendo.

UPDATE: Missing Teen Found After Leaving Special Ed School in Brooklyn

Nashaly Perez-Rodriguez's disappearance comes less than a year after autistic teen Avonte Oquendo walked out of his school in Long Island City.

Regents Weigh New Routes for a HS Diploma

High school students may finally be allowed to swap out one of the five Regents exams required for graduation for an alternative test that meets their interests or area of study.

Mayor Says Seats for After-School Programs Filling Up

Mayor Bill De Blasio is urging middle schoolers' parents to sign up their kids now.

New York City on Hook for Charter School Rent

Charter schools that rent market-rate spaces are testing their new right to free space in public buildings. If the city can't make room for them, it will have to cover the costs. 

Opinion: Well-Trained Volunteers a Key Resource for Schools

There are lots of ways to help kids who need it. Two education leaders celebrate the teaching volunteers from AmeriCorps on the 20th anniversary of the program. 

Judge Approves Merger of Teacher Tenure Lawsuits

Two lawsuits challenging teacher tenure rules in the state will be consolidated, allowing both of them to proceed in a Staten Island courthouse.

New York Gives More Space to Charter Schools

Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration has agreed to let four more charter schools take space in public school buildings, including two run by Eva Moskowitz's Success network.

Report: NYC Needs to Do More for Over-Age Middle School Students

A quarter of New York City middle school students have been held back at least once. Advocates say the city needs to do more to prevent them from dropping out of school altogether.

Seats Remain Unfilled in Pre-K Expansion Despite High Demand

In week two of New York's pre-k expansion, some programs face huge waiting lists while others struggle to fill empty seats.

Photos: New York Goes Back to School

From first day outfits to tearful goodbyes, nearly 100 photos were circulated in the WNYC/New York Daily News #BacktoSchool photo share. Thank you to all who participated!  

NYC Mayor Takes Victory Lap on First Day of School

The rhetoric soared on this first day of school, as Mayor de Blasio claimed to be laying a new foundation for the children and the city of New York.

Smooth Rollout of New York's Pre-K Expansion

As more than 51,000 New York City children started pre-kindergarten, the mayor promised to follow up with training and oversight to maintain quality in the newly expanded system.

NYC Mayor Sets High Bar for Pre-K Success

Mayor de Blasio said his initiative to expand the number of pre-k seats in New York City is foremost on his mind. It can't just be good, he said, "It has to be great."

NYC School Year Starts with New Mayor's Imprint

New York City public schools open with more than 50,000 4-year-olds heading to pre-k classes — but that's just one of several changes marking the new school year.

Looking Fresh for Back-to-School? Share Your Pictures with WNYC

That special September buzz of excitement, nerves, and anticipation is in the air. Share the emotion of the first day back to school with a photo hashtagged #BacktoSchoolNYC.

Back to School Shopping in Full Swing

Pencils, notebooks, paper towels. The lists get longer every year while teachers' budgets for supplies stay too low.

NYC Teachers Adjust to Additional Training Time

New York City teachers will spend more time learning from each other and less time in the classroom. Can 150 minutes a week make a real difference to teachers and their students?