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NYC Officials Expect a 'Heavy Lift' in Pre-K Expansion

There's no doubt that rolling out thousands of new pre-kindergarten seats by September will be a big lift for New York City. Two members of Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration said so themselves, and acknowledged some of the obstacles at an event Wednesday night.

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NYC Officials Expect a 'Heavy Lift' in Pre-K Expansion

There's no doubt that rolling out thousands of new pre-kindergarten seats by September will be a big lift for New York City. Two members of Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration said so themselves, and acknowledged some of the obstacles at an event Wednesday night.

City Finds Buildings For 'Homeless' Charter Schools

Two charter schools that were blocked from opening this fall inside other public schools will open in former Catholic school buildings instead, under a new plan from City Hall.

Free Lunch For All Students Gets Boost from Council Budget

All New York City students soon could be eating lunch for free, if the mayor chooses to embrace a City Council proposal to spend about $24 million while also tapping into a federal program that reduces the stigma -- and paperwork - of free lunches.

Decision Time for High-School Seniors (and Parents)

It can be an emotionally fraught time, as families gather around kitchen tables to try to determine which institution offers the prospect of serving as the best academic, personal, and financial “fit.”

Time's Up to Apply for Pre-K in NYC Schools

Families have until the end of day Wednesday to submit an application for a public school pre-k seat, including one of the 4,000 new seats being added for next school year.

Sun Sets on Controversial Student Data Project inBloom

Following parent outcry over student privacy concerns, the company inBloom plans to shut down.

NYC Kindergarten Waiting Lists Cut Almost in Half

A new ranking system for families applying to kindergarten led to shorter waiting lists at fewer schools.

Sounding Off on State Tests

Some city educators object to the New York's recent English exams for grades 3-8, but that doesn't mean they're opposed to higher standards.

Pre-K: You've Got Questions, She's Got Answers

The head of the city's office of early childhood education took questions from WNYC listeners about the application process for  pre-kindergarten, now that thousands of more seats will be offered this fall.

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.