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More NYC Schools Tapped to Show Off Work

Seven more New York City schools will open their doors to visitors in the coming year, now that the chancellor has labeled them "showcase" schools with promising practices to share.

How Important Is an Art Room Anyway?

New York City officials said all schools should have dedicated space for subjects like art or science. But many schools are too crowded to give these subjects a home of their own.

How Squeezed Are the Schools? We May Get a Better Picture

New York City's way of calculating available space in its schools has long been a source of frustration. Officials have now agreed to make some changes.

NYC Invalidates 3rd Graders' Test Scores Amid Investigation

The principal, 49-year-old Jeanene Worrell-Breeden, killed herself soon after testing was completed at Teachers College Community School.

Translation Services Still Lacking for Some Public School Parents

Despite the availability of interpretation services, some parents who speak languages other than English say they have trouble communicating with the city's school system.

Brooklyn Principal Honored for Teacher Buddy System

A principal who won $25,000 plans to pour the money right back into the program she was recognized for, pairing rookie teachers with seasoned veterans. 

De Blasio Panel Offers Blueprint for School Discipline Reforms

As New York City moves from suspending students in favor of keeping them in school, change has been uneven across the system. Now, a high-level team outlines what should happen next.

Report: Charters Lose Funding Advantage vs. District Schools

Charter schools housed in New York City buildings still have a slight financial advantage over public schools but the per-student funding edge is lost when they're in private spaces.

Report: Too Many NYC Schools Lack College-Prep Science, Math

Thirty nine percent of New York City high schools do not offer standard college-prep courses in math and science, according to a new report.

White House Opens Its Doors to Local College-Bound Teens

The First Lady hosted a day-long workshop on college to help students from around the country understand the challenges that await them.

Advice from a Retiring Principal: Hire the Right People

When Brian Rosenbloom took over Chelsea Career and Technical Education High School, less than 50 percent of the kids graduated on time. Now, it's 85 percent.

NYC Parents, Teachers and Students Give Their Schools High Marks

New questions to the annual citywide school survey aimed to tease out more holistic measures of success, including trust and collaboration.

Two Troubled Schools Make Major Staff Changes

Automotive and Boys and Girls High Schools, which have a long history of low performance, will retain less than half of existing staff for the next school year.  

New York City Schools Ask Students to ‘Bring Your Own Device’

Not only is the ban on cell phones lifted in the city's public schools but teachers are telling students to use their phones in class. 

Report: Most NYC Charter Schools Replace Students who Leave

Despite charges to the contrary, a report by the Independent Budget Office says charter schools backfill empty seats, most of the time. 

NY Picks New Company to Develop State Math and English Tests

Pearson is out. Now Questar Assessment, Inc. will develop the state tests for third- through eighth-graders. 

Teaching and Race: Tips on Leading Difficult Conversations

Adolescents love pushing boundaries, going for shock value. Here are tips from educators on what to do when their comments cross the line into offensive or racist territory.

John Dewey HS Principal Fired For Grade-Fixing Schemes

A long-awaited report found that students received credits toward graduation with no instruction from teachers, leading the city to start termination proceedings against the principal.

"I remember when I was younger I went with my family to a restaurant. And they made us pay in advance just in case we didn't pay afterwards." —Eki Uzamere, a middle-schooler at the Bank Street School for Children in Manhattan


On Talking Race to Young Teens, Teachers Say It's Been a Tough Year

It's hard enough for adults to have honest conversations about race and inequality. Now imagine you are a middle school teacher whose students are grappling with their own identities.