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What Happens When a School District Gives Teens Laptops

School officials at one Hoboken school thought it was a no-brainer to give every student a laptop. Now they've decided it was a terrible idea.

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Union Claims Weak Teachers Are Shown the Door

With teacher tenure under scrutiny, the New York City teachers union claimed more teachers leave the system because of disciplinary action than previously reported, even if few teachers are actually fired.


Teacher Tenure Faces New Legal Challenge

A group of New York City parents said they joined in a lawsuit over the state's tenure rules on Monday because they think their children are not getting what they deserve at school. 

A Foreign Melody: Bel Kaufman Expounds on Pedagogical Concerns

Bel Kaufman, who died on Friday at 103, became an unofficial spokeswoman for the urban teacher after her book Up the Down Staircase was published in 1965. Hear her humor and insight in this rare audio treat.

The Sound of Gratitude

High school students played beautiful music in our performance space, using instruments donated through WQXR's instrument drive.

Council Passes Limited School Door Alarm Bill

Schools with vulnerable or troubled students should be getting more door alarms installed next year as a way to prevent them from leaving the building undetected.

NYC Families Get Early Start on High School Search

Hundreds of families used their summer break to learn more about the New York City high school admissions process which can be overwhelming, at best, or totally bewildering to many.

Pre-K Speed Dating

The city has to find 1,000 pre-k teachers before fall. So at a hiring fair last week, the interviews were fast and furious, and the task was matchmaking.

Special Podcast: Bill de Blasio at Six Months

All last week, we checked in on the Bill de Blasio administration's first six months in office with one segment each day on the environment, policing, affordable housing, jobs, and a final conversation with Deputy Mayor Anthony Shorris. Above, stream and download all five segments edited together into one podcast. This ...

Tech 'Camp' for NYC Teachers

It may be vacation season but hundreds of New York City teachers are spending their summer days brushing up on the latest technology tools for the classroom.

Pro-Charter School Group Spent Millions in Media Blitz

The lobbying group that urged the state to support charter schools spent almost $6 million on advertisements this spring. Backers of the city's pre-k expansion were also heavy spenders.

Three 'Secret' Ingredients for a Successful Small School

What makes the best of the city's small high schools so good? A new report concludes size alone doesn't cut it.

Investigators Exonerate School in Fatal Stabbing Case

Faculty at the Bronx middle school where one student fatally stabbed another did not know about any bullying problems involving the two students, according to a report by the Special Commissioner of Investigation.

Calling All Middle Schoolers: City's Summer Programs Still Have Seats

Mayor de Blasio is encouraging families that haven't nailed down all of their summer plans to sign up for a few thousand seats that are still available in summer enrichment programs.

Fatal Stabbing Highlights Persistent Problems at Bronx Middle School

But the problems at Intermediate School 117, where a student allegedly killed a classmate in June, aren't that different from those of any other struggling school in a tough neighborhood.

Children of Recruited Teachers Now Face Deportation

A Supreme Court ruling could have devastating implications for the children of New York City public school teachers recruited from abroad.

Even the Schools Chancellor Takes a Summer Break

The city's top education official is heading to Spain for vacation next week. And the mayor will be just across the sea in Italy. Their spokespeople said their deputies will be fully in charge during their summer breaks.

Six NYC Charter Schools Join Pre-K Expansion

The first batch of charter schools to offer pre-k in New York City will hold lotteries at the end of the month for nearly 200 seats.

Bank Street Helps NYC Train Pre-K Teachers

Putting the focus on quality, education officials are offering intensive training sessions for pre-k teachers next month.

Teen Leaders-in-Training Get Boost from First Lady

“The best moment of my life,” said Annie Willis, the New York teen who invited Michelle Obama to visit Global Kids.

NYC Chancellor Raises Standards for Superintendents

New York City's Department of Education is raising the minimum requirements for the job of district superintendent with an eye towards strengthening the chain of command — and supports — running from the top all the way down to individual school principals.