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How One Student Who 'Hates School' Finds Her Path to Graduation

For Paula Dinh, the path to graduation has been a long one, with times when she questioned her ability — and desire — to finish high school.

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Accordions, Clarinets and a Xylophone for City Schools

WXQR listeners donated about 2,500 instruments.

How One Student Who 'Hates School' Finds Her Path to Graduation

For Paula Dinh, the path to graduation has been a long one, with times when she questioned her ability — and desire — to finish high school.

A Pay Raise for Pre-K Teachers

As part of his pre-k expansion, Mayor de Blasio is setting aside $10 million in state funds to increase teacher pay.

Opinion: Five Ways to Improve Gifted Programs in NYC Schools

The program for super bright kids has a few dumb problems, like having just a fraction of seats available (300) for all the incoming kindergarten students deemed "gifted" (1,908). Two veteran parents offer ideas to make G&T smarter.

Table Tennis and Badminton Go Varsity in NYC High Schools

It's not just basketball, baseball or other traditional American sports anymore. Dozens of New York City high schools are fielding teams in   badminton and table tennis for the first time this spring.

A Plea to Move Forward From NY's Education Chief

State education commissioner John King is pushing for a more civil debate around education policy.

Push for School Door Alarms Hits Wall

The disappearance and death of the autistic teenager Avonte Oquendo has led to a proposal to install door alarms in schools, but at what cost?

Opinion: With 100 Days Under His Belt, Mayor Must Up His Game on Education

An education professor says the new mayor has won some, lost some. Now it's time to get serious on all the other pressing education issues facing the city schools. 

City Expands Promotion Criteria Beyond Test Scores

New York City's Department of Education is altering the process to promote or hold back students, adding classroom work and grades to the mix so it's not just tied to standardized test scores.

New Group Defends Common Core

Common Core has come under intense criticism lately. Enter a new group that wants to sway public opinion in support of the tougher learning standards.

Listen: Q&A with Newly Elected Teachers Union Prez

There’s a big change in New York's largest teacher’s union. This weekend NYSUT members elected Karen Magee as president after months of unrest over the state’s flawed roll-out of the Common Core learning standards. 

NYC Chancellor: Matchmaking Makes Better Schools

Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina is acting as matchmaker-in-chief, pairing struggling school leaders with colleague-mentors. "You know it's one thing to read a book about how you should be doing things...it's quite another thing to go into a classroom and see them working," she said. 

Opinion: If You Want Schools to Thrive, Invest in Parents

A parent leader suggests if the chancellor is genuine about improving communication between schools and parents then she has an easy place to start: give parent coordinators the respect they deserve.

Fewer NYC Students Make the Grade for Gifted Programs

One thing has not changed: many more children were eligible to be in a gifted and talented program than there are spaces.

Teachers Weigh In, Mostly Against, State English Tests

A small but vocal number of teachers is claiming this year's New York State Common Core English tests were once again obscure and too difficult for students in grades three through eight.

Five Things in the Education Budget You Need to Know

There are so many new rules and initiatives tucked into the 2014-15 state budget it's easy to miss some. Here are five education issues we're keeping an eye on.

The Battle for First Period: Students, Teachers and Teen Biorhythms

High school students crave sleep, but many just don't get enough of it. One Queens principal is tweaking homework schedules and school start times to help kids catch up on rest.

NYC Schools Add First Wave of Pre-K Seats

Mayor Bill de Blasio's plan to expand pre-kindergarten became more tangible on Wednesday when the city announced there would be thousands more full-day seats available in public schools this fall.

Peabody Awards Shine Light on Struggling High Schools

Three documentaries that address the challenges facing students and educators in poor, high-crime communities won top honors.

Brooklyn Students Seeing Stars

The planetarium at the Edward R Murrow High School in Brooklyn reopened today after three years of renovations.