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New York City Shutters Two Charter Schools

New York City education officials took the unusual step to close two charters, effective this June, because of persistently low performance and weak leadership.

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New York City Shutters Two Charter Schools

New York City education officials took the unusual step to close two charters, effective this June, because of persistently low performance and weak leadership.

Nearly Half of NYC High School Applicants Accepted to First Choice

About 92 percent of students got into at least one of their high school choices. But almost 6,000 students didn't get a match and will have to reapply in Round 2.

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Nearly Half of NYC Students In Overcrowded Schools

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OPINION: It Really is All About the Children

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