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Six More NYC Schools Land on State's 'Out of Time' List

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

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New York's Department of Education has added six low-performing city schools to a watch list for those most in need of dramatic interventions.
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Hip Hop Battle Crowns a "Science Genius"

Sunday, June 30, 2013

As the school year ended, and awards distributed to students for a variety of accomplishments, one New York City student was crowned "Science Genius." The competition wasn't in a lab or a classroom -- it was on stage, in a Hip Hop battle. 

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Using Hip Hop to Develop Young Scientists

Friday, December 14, 2012

A professor and a hip hop icon have teamed up to help high school students use popular music techniques like rhyme and keen observation to communicate science concepts. The idea is to let students be brilliant about a topic, and to express complex ideas in a way they enjoy. The project will culminate in a musical showdown this spring.

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Scores Rise Slightly on High School Progress Reports

Monday, November 26, 2012

More city high schools got A's and B's on their annual report cards, and fewer got failing grades. These progress reports looked at student performance and school environment but this year they also looked at how well each school prepared its students for college and career, based on the courses they took and their test scores.

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Students Powered Our School's Recovery

Monday, November 19, 2012

An elementary school teacher sings the praises of his school community as it absorbed the repercussions from Sandy and prepared to return to its building in Rockaway Park, Queens.

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City Releases Details of Turnaround Plans

Friday, July 27, 2012

The city has released plans outlining reforms at the 24 "turnaround" schools. Staffing changes were thwarted by a judge's ruling, and the rest of the plans also appear to be at risk because they relied on federal aid that has been held up because of litigation involving the city and its unions.

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For 24 Schools Getting New Start, 24 New Names

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

How does the Bronx Middle School of Academic and Career Technology sound? Or the School of Opportunities at the August Martin Campus? Those are the new names given to two of the 24 public schools that are slated to be shut down at the end of the school year and reopened in September with the same students but shuffled staff and new identities. Incoming ninth graders will learn their school's new name on Thursday.

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Educators Debate Boundary Between School and Life

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Using everyday experiences and current events helps students master classroom material, especially if they feel emotionally connected to the issue, educators said at Tuesday's SchoolBook co-sponsored event at WNYC's Greene Space. Here are other take-aways, as well as links to valuable resources, to help teachers incorporate real life into their lessons.

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A Final Decision for 24 City Schools

Friday, April 27, 2012

At a bit before midnight, more than three months after the idea was first proposed, the Panel for Educational Policy voted to reconstitute two dozen city schools by closing them, replacing most of their staff members and reopening them with new names. The vote was the end of a prolonged process, a day of drama and a very long, emotional night.

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With Panel Vote, Once-Venerable City Schools Will Close

Thursday, April 26, 2012

The names of two-dozen New York City public schools, some of them among the oldest educational institutions in the city, are likely to be erased on Thursday night when a city board votes on proposals to close the schools. Among them are Flushing High School, which lays claim to being the oldest public high school in New York City, and Richmond Hill High School, which is so overcrowded that its students have overflowed into trailers. But in a last-minute reprieve, Bushwick Community and Grover Cleveland high schools were spared.

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A Score Card for Changing Schools

Friday, January 27, 2012

Some 62 low-performing public schools in the city have been designated to be closed or otherwise overhauled. Some will be phased out and gradually replaced by new schools, others will be shut at the end of this school year and reopened with a radical change in its staffing in the fall, and four will be left alone on their current improvement paths. Here is an explanation of which schools are affected, and how.

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