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These East Harlem Schoolkids Are Excited About the Pope

When Pope Francis visits Our Lady Queen of Angels in East Harlem next month, he'll meet some curious third and fourth graders armed with questions.

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These East Harlem Schoolkids Are Excited About the Pope

When Pope Francis visits Our Lady Queen of Angels in East Harlem next month, he'll meet some curious third and fourth graders armed with questions.

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Former NYC Chancellor Named Monitor for East Ramapo Schools

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From NY State, With Love: Try Your Kid's Standardized Test Questions

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A Summer of Test Prep Means More Asians in the City's Elite Schools

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Where Are the School Metal Detectors?

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Recent Grade-Fixing Scandals Prompt Closer Scrutiny

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Success Academy Charter Schools Get $8.5 Million Gift

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How Important Is an Art Room Anyway?

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How Squeezed Are the Schools? We May Get a Better Picture

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NYC Invalidates 3rd Graders' Test Scores Amid Investigation

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Translation Services Still Lacking for Some Public School Parents

Despite the availability of interpretation services, some parents who speak languages other than English say they have trouble communicating with the city's school system.