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What Kids Need From Grown-Ups (But Aren't Getting)

Author Erika Christakis mounts a spirited defense of a four-letter word that, she says, isn't used nearly enough in early classrooms: play.

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City Plans Spring Training, Hiring to Meet Schools Agenda

To stay on track with its goals — higher reading levels, more Advanced Placement classes and expanded computer science programs — New York City has big plans for the spring and summer. 

Report: More U.S. Schools Looking to Improve Student Diversity

Just as a handful of New York City schools test new admission rules to integrate their communities, a report shows their efforts are part of a larger trend. 

Families Enjoy the Newest School Holiday

It's the first time Lunar New Year is an official school holiday for New York City public schools, and many families relished the day off.

‘Pushy Moms’ Help Community College Students Transfer to Four-Year Schools

“You know how your kids wouldn’t listen to you? Well, these kids will listen to you. They will take notes on everything you say,” says Karen Dubinsky, founder of the Pushy Moms group.

Forbidden Fruit: Was an After School Program Yanked for Serving Snacks?

A Brooklyn elementary school was suddenly left without its after-school arts program when the health department ordered it shut, forcing parents to scramble.

After Speedy Test Reforms, State Education Commissioner Says It's Time to 'Unplug'

New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia told an audience at Teachers College she's trying to win the trust of parents and educators alienated by the high pitch of reforms.

“I am getting weary of statements that support ‘integration in principle’ and oppose the simplest forms of implementation.”


To Improve Reading, A Few Key Words

At a struggling middle school in the Bronx, teachers are learning how to improve students' low reading levels by filling big gaps in their vocabularies.

Public Advocate Sues New York City over Glitches in Special Ed Tracking

Public Advocate Letitia James claims the city lost out on federal money and denied much-needed services to special education students because of a faulty computer system.

Opinion: Success Charter School Parents Should Not Be Afraid of Eva

A mom who has tussled with the powerful head of Success Academy Charter Schools says parents should not be intimidated by the city's largest charter school network.

Schools Chancellor Makes Case for Mayoral Control

Carmen Fariña asks lawmakers for an extension of mayoral control in New York City, saying how important it is "to work with a mayor who has my back."

Educators Cobble Together a Post-Blizzard School Day

New York City families and school staff braved the snow and slush to make it to school. Attendance was down but school doors opened more or less on time.

Teachers Union Calls for Stricter Charter School Laws in New York

Claiming too many charters still don't take their fair share of students with special needs, the teachers union wants lawmakers to enact stricter sanctions.

Opinion: Teachers Should Not Be Lonely At Work

A high school principal outlines three ways to support teachers with collaboration, training and support so they do their jobs better and are more likely to stick around.

Find a Good Pre-K Program

The city's application season for free, full-day pre-k spots runs from Jan. 25 to March 4.

Families File Federal Complaint Against Success Charters

Suspension and disciplinary practices at the Success Academy charter network are now the subject of a federal complaint with the U.S. Department of Education.

SUNY Probes Discipline Practices at Success Schools

A state agency in charge of authorizing charter schools is looking into disciplinary practices at Success Academy's charter network.

Survey Suggests Some Bronx Schools Slow to Adopt New Student Discipline Approach

A new survey by a group in the Bronx finds too many students are getting disciplined and likely to drop out because they don't see school as a place to find help.

Cuomo Strikes a Different Tone on Education This Year

Gov. Cuomo displayed a softer side since last year's budget presentation, when he called the teacher evaluation system "baloney." Now, he's offering more school funding.

New York City Boosts Translation Help for Parents

The city's Department of Education is creating nine new positions to oversee translation services at schools across the city, plus expanding access to over-the-phone interpreters.