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School Was Open, But No One Went

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Just because schools were in session doesn’t mean the people could get there. Plenty of New York City schools on Wednesday muddled through staffing shortages and a student attendance rate of 47 percent -- the lowest this school year.

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Educators Debate Stark Decline in Test Scores

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

New York City educators took stock of their school test scores on Wednesday as news of the significant drop rippled across New York State's school districts. For many it was a milestone moment, marking a new way to assess students but one that reignited a familiar debate about the role of standardized testing in the classroom. 

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Principal Kvells Over Spelling Bee Champ Who Won With 'Knaidel'

Friday, May 31, 2013

Arvind Mahankali took home the top prize from the Scripps National Spelling Bee. His supporters at J.H.S. 74 were thrilled. Principal Armstrong said the eighth grader is a boy with wide interests who, after placing third two years in a row, was determined to nail it this year.

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Teacher Scoring of English Exams Underway

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The scoring of the state tests began this week and continues next week, with a pause for the math tests Wednesday through Friday. The Department of Education said about 2,600 teachers will each score the English and math tests during the school day, with more teachers hired to score the exams after school and on weekends.

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A Moment of Silence and Safety Reviews in City Schools Post-Newtown

Monday, December 17, 2012

New York City schools are paying tribute to the victims killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in different ways. Some principals called for a moment of silence. At other schools, students wore green and white -- Sandy Hook's school colors.

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The Chancellor Pays Tribute to a Spelling Bee Finalist

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Arvind Mahankali, a seventh grader at Junior High School 74 in Queens, has placed third in the National Spelling Bee two years in a row. On Monday, Schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott visited his school to congratulate him.

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A Spelling Champ Whose E-U-O-N-Y-M Should Have Been 'Joy'

Friday, March 23, 2012

Whatever happened to Rebecca Sealfon, the 13-year-old home-schooled student who entertained the nation with her joyful spelling of "euonym" at the 1997 National Spelling Bee finals? Ms. Sealfon, the last New Yorker to win the national competition, went on to earn several degrees. She still lives in the city, and has some advice for the two winning New York students who will head to Washington for the finals in June.

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For Spelling Bee Champ, Life Is a Series of Boldface Words

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Alexis Tang, 11, who will be one of two students to represent New York City in the National Spelling Bee in June, has practiced her spelling everywhere she went: the dentist's office, even on the streets where signs displayed new words. Her efforts have paid off.

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