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Wanted: A Few Brave Men to Teach Pre-K

Men who teach pre-kindergarten do a lot more than teach the ABC's. Experts say male teachers model how to be both gentle and strong — and they say New York City needs many more of them.

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New School Schedules Send NYC Families Scrambling

Changing the school day by 40 minutes might not sound like a big deal, but it can throw a wrench into the schedule for busy New York City families.

Wanted: A Few Brave Men to Teach Pre-K

Men who teach pre-kindergarten do a lot more than teach the ABC's. Experts say male teachers model how to be both gentle and strong — and they say New York City needs many more of them.

Mayor: Pre-K Enrollment on Target, and Sites are Safe

Mayor de Blasio deflected concerns about pre-k readiness by trumpeting high preliminary enrollment numbers and his team's effort to offer thousands of new seats.

Four Ways to Close the Achievement Gap

Educators at a Washington Heights school told parents what they can do to help their kids get a leg up in the race to narrow the gap between them and their more affluent counterparts. 

Comptroller, Mayor Face Off on Pre-K Readiness

Comptroller Scott Stringer said because the city is late in submitting contracts with pre-k providers, he can't ensure classroom safety. But the mayor's office said the plan is on track.

City Strikes Deal With School Safety Agents

City Hall and the union representing officers who work in city hospitals, homeless shelters and schools have reached a deal on a new labor contract.

Doors Open at Most NYC Charter Schools

A wave of charter schools welcomed thousands of students to the first day of school on Monday, ahead of the city's regular district schools which open next week.

On Turning Around a Troubled School: 'Make Kids Feel Special'

Shawn Rux took over as principal of M.S. 53 in Far Rockaway in 2011 after it was rated one of the most dangerous schools in the city. Now, he's still working to turn it around.

School Bus Drivers To Get Salary Boost

The City Council voted to give bus companies $42 million — which makes some worried about setting a bad precedent.

It's Not Just About the Test: A Teacher Talks About the Classroom

Jose Vilson wants the public to hear more from teachers. That's why he wrote a book.

NYC's Special Ed Reform Moving Slowly

Special needs kids are supposed to be integrated with the whole school population. It's federal law. But so far, the city is behind.

A New High Tech Charter Gets an Early Start

A new charter school is hoping to make the most of Downtown Brooklyn's position as a center of the city's technology sector.

Mayor Rallies the Pre-K Troops

A thousand pre-k teachers attending a three-day crash course to prepare for school cheered Mayor de Blasio as he readied them for school.

The Journey to Pre-K Starts with Festivals and Parades

At the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival, there were dragon kites, dragon dancers — and George Zhuo, trying to get parents of 4-year-olds to sign up for pre-kindergarten.

Five Things to Know About State Test Scores

The city showed more gains than other school districts in the state because it started training teachers and principals early on the Common Core standards, plus 4 other takeaways.

NYC Students See Modest Gains on State Tests

Year Two of Common Core-aligned state tests in New York did not see a big change in scores from last year. But New York City students saw gains -- see how your school scored. 

Boot Camp for Pre-K Teachers

 A group of aspiring teachers spent the summer in a new, accelerated course, and this fall they'll lead pre-k classrooms. Are they ready?

Modeling Instruction: Where Students Invent Science Lessons

Science teachers learned how to let students run their own experiments to better grasp scientific concepts. As one teacher said, physics happens all around us. It's just a matter of getting students to see it.

Tackling Safety in High Schools Sports

We talk with Dr. Dennis Cardone who has been named the first chief medical officer for New York City's high school sports teams. 

Putting Power Tools In The Hands Of 5-Year-Olds

To move kids away from computer screens, a new wave of learning programs is emphasizing hands-on activities. Like building stuff.