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Applications Due for New York City Middle and High Schools

The city's rising sixth and ninth grade students are up against a Dec. 1 deadline to apply to schools.

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Opinion: Tackle Segregation in New York City Schools With District-Wide Plans

Local parent activists are pressing New York City education officials to develop a systematic approach to widespread segregation and inequality in the city's public schools.

Applications Due for New York City Middle and High Schools

The city's rising sixth and ninth grade students are up against a Dec. 1 deadline to apply to schools.

Sunset Park Parents Frustrated by Overcrowding Are Invited to Join the Search for School Sites

Sunset Park has some of the most crowded schools in the city, but Department of Education gave no new solutions at a community meeting with frustrated families.

Sunset Park Families Demand New Schools to Alleviate Crowding

Local parent groups are hoping to show their strength at a meeting this week with the chancellor and press for more seats in one of the most overcrowded districts in the city.

Chancellor Gives High Marks (So Far) to School Renewal Program

A year after placing 94 struggling schools in a new program called Renewal, Chancellor Carmen Fariña told City Council members the schools are showing early signs of progress.

Decision to Rezone Two Brooklyn Schools Now Rests with Parent Council

It's official: New York City's Education Department submitted a final plan to rezone two Brooklyn elementary schools, after a weeks-long delay to get more parent feedback.

Can This Man Make Gentrification Work for Everyone?

Ed Brown, who lives in a high-rise just blocks away from the public housing projects he grew up in, is trying to make changes in his Brooklyn neighborhood that benefit all residents.

New York City Approves Diversity Plans for Seven Schools

Elementary school principals got the green light to give admissions priority to low-income students, English language learners or students in the child welfare system. 

Parents Clash Over Rezoning in a Segregated Brooklyn School District

Controversy continues over a proposed school rezoning in DUMBO, and it's raising sensitive issues surrounding race, class, and what exactly makes a school "good."

Study: Closing Low-Performing New York City High Schools Helped Students

The first rigorous assessment of former Mayor Bloomberg's policy to shutter struggling high schools finds the policy led to better graduation rates among the affected students.

City Settles Lawsuit Over School Safety Agents

New York City has agreed to pay more than $50,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by six public school students who claimed they were unlawfully beaten and handcuffed by safety agents. 

Dumbo School Rezoning Talks Didn’t Include Us, Say Some Parents

City efforts to include more voices in the plan to re-zone two elementary schools have left some Brooklyn parents feeling overlooked.

Report Finds School Crowding Is Worse in Immigrant Communities

School crowding is a big problem citywide, but a new report by one advocacy group claims immigrant neighborhoods are hit especially hard.

Dumbo Developer Proposes Schools in New Apartment Buildings

Two Trees principal Jed Walentas says New York City developers should donate the lower floors of all new high rises to the city in exchange for building higher.

De Blasio Holds Congenial Town Hall on Education

Overcrowding and class size were major concerns, along with pre-K, testing and teachers, at the mayor's second Town Hall. 

City Releases Latest School Quality Guides

The annual school quality guides offer specific data for each New York City public school, and present it in a way city officials say they hope is more parent friendly than before.

Rebranding a School for a Brand New Building

The city is undertaking a process of "redesigning" a struggling Brooklyn middle school, potentially giving it a new name, focus and chic new digs. 

School Funding Case Returns to Court

The decade-long fight for more and more transparent school funding in New York State continues. Plaintiffs in the latest case claim New York never complied with a landmark court order.

How One 'Struggling' School Succeeded Where Others Failed

Two elementary schools failed in this Brownsville, Brooklyn, building. The third one to open in eight years is making progress. Here's why.

Longtime Residents Witness Brooklyn Waterfront’s Changing Fortune

Long-time residents of Farragut Houses have watched historic buildings along Brooklyn's waterfront evolve from industrial warehouses to chic residences, accentuating class differences.