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In One School, a Snapshot of Bloomberg's Education Legacy

Thursday, December 19, 2013

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Small schools, charter schools, data points -- these are signature policies of the Bloomberg era and they are all on display in one building near Union Square in Manhattan.

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Regents Scores Delayed by Computer Glitch

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

"I'm there. I'm ready to work and nothing is coming through," said Sean McManamon, one of the teachers encountering delays in the city's new electronic scoring system. With teachers working overtime this weekend, education officials predict all the Regents exams will be scored by Monday.

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Panel Approves Nine New Charters

Friday, December 21, 2012

In its final public meeting for 2012, the city's Panel for Educational Policy approved nine new charters schools and also approved a resolution to keep school lunches at the current price of $1.50, instead of $2.50 as proposed by the mayor.

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City Scraps Change to G&T Policy, and Other News of Note

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The city has scrapped a change in policy that would have taken away the sibling priority for children who test into gifted and talented programs. In other news, the Panel for Educational Policy is poised to approve seven more charter schools and the teachers union says it won't continue to negotiate the details of a new teacher evaluation deal unless the chancellor clarifies how it will roll out in the schools.

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Radio Rookies: Living With Sickle Cell Anemia

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Nearly 100,000 Americans suffer from the blood disorder sickle cell anemia, a painful disease that shortens life-expectancy. Sickle cells aren’t round – they’re shaped like a crescent moon - and Radio Rookie Bree Person hates looking at them. She hates talking about them too. But Pearson, a student at Washington Irving High School, decided she wanted more people to understand the illness. Hear her report and an interview with a pediatrician at the Children's Hospital at Montefiore.

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The School-Closing Vote

Thursday, February 09, 2012

UPDATED | The Panel for Educational Policy voted Thursday night to close 18 city schools and remove the middle school grades from 5 more. SchoolBook was there, providing updates throughout the evening.

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City to Vote on School Closings After Weeks of Hearings

Thursday, February 09, 2012

After weeks of hearings, many of them emotionally wrenching, the Panel for Educational Policy will decide Thursday night which schools in the city they will close -- partially or entirely -- for academic failure.

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Dates Set for School Closing Hearings

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

The city's Department of Education has set hearing dates for the 25 schools that officials have recommended for closing or for the removal of middle school grades. The Panel for Educational Policy will vote on the recommendations on Feb. 9.

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Why Washington Irving High Must Close

Friday, December 23, 2011

The city's deputy chancellor for portfolio planning explains the decision to recommend the closing of Washington Irving High School. Marc Sternberg wrote: "Our obligation is to our students, and we are not going to set them up for failure by pretending a school will suddenly make progress after years of failing its kids."

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Students and Staff Say Washington Irving Was Set Up to Fail

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

UPDATED | In what has become a common refrain in the closing schools debate, students, teachers and parents at Washington Irving High in Manhattan blamed the city for sending them some of the toughest students and looking away as the school staggered under their weight. But Marc Sternberg, the deputy chancellor for portfolio planning, responds: "Our obligation is to our students, and we are not going to set them up for failure by pretending a school will suddenly make progress after years of failing its kids."

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25 Schools Could Be Closed or Truncated

Friday, December 09, 2011

In the second part of a two-day announcement, city education officials added 10 schools to the list of schools it will close, phase out over a period of several years or truncate in the next year, bringing the total to 25 schools. Last year, the city proposed to close or truncate 26 schools.

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School Closing Announcements Start Thursday

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

UPDATED | Schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott announced Wednesday at a District 2 Town Hall meeting that the Education Department will reveal within the next two days which of the city's struggling schools it will close.

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Between State-City Tensions Lie Plans to Improve Schools

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Part of the recent tension between Albany and city officials is about how the city is using almost $60 million in federal grants to improve 44 struggling schools. The city has a plan to help the schools, spelled out in a 2,300-page document.

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21 High Schools Identified as 'Struggling'

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

After the release of high school progress reports last week, city Education Department officials identified 21 struggling high schools that, because of their low performance, could be closed or subject to other interventions beginning next year. That brings to 47 the number of schools deemed 'struggling.'

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Digital Learning Claims Don't Always Match Results

Monday, October 10, 2011

Trying to find the digital solution that will help students pick up math and reading as quickly as they do the latest online game, districts and schools are spending $2.2 billion a year on educational software. But does all that money add up to higher scores on standardized tests for students? Not as often as the manufacturers say it does.

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