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PTAs Rally to Assist Sandy Relief Efforts

Monday, November 05, 2012

The well-oiled volunteer network of parents involved in their local PTAs sprung into action after Sandy to put their fund-raising and outreach expertise to good use, often miles beyond the boundaries of their local schools.

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A Garden? Chess? PTAs Face Choices About How to Spend Parent Money

Friday, June 15, 2012

As coffers swell -- or as schools in low-income communities try to figure out how to stretch their budgets -- PTA officers and other parents are prioritizing the use of parents' money, and it's not as easy as it might seem. “Sometimes, it’s hard to judge what’s the right thing to do,” said Sue Dietrich, the PTA treasurer for Staten Island Technical High School, one of the city’s nine selective high schools, which raises about $60,000 annually. “It’s hard to know what’s really necessary.”

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Public School Parents Resent, and Worry About, Pervasive Fund-Raising

Monday, June 04, 2012

When SchoolBook asked parents to tell us how much they spend on their child's public school education, many wrote in to say they felt “nickeled and dimed.” One mother said she resented being asked to bridge the gap between the city’s “spartan budget” and her own wishes for her children. Others railed against the inequities so much reliance on parent money is causing in a system where so many students live at or below the poverty level. The latest in a series on the rising cost of public school.

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Parents Dig Deeper to Relieve Tight Public School Budgets

Thursday, May 31, 2012

After five years of cuts to public school budgets, parents say they are being pressed for more supplies, support and dollars than ever, and many are spending hundreds of dollars, and in some cases, thousands, a year on school-related items. This is the first in a series of posts planned by SchoolBook on the rising cost of public school, originating with our readers' responses.

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City to Examine Policies in Light of Sexual Abuse Accusations

Monday, February 13, 2012

Following the arrest last week of a teacher's aide at a prestigious Upper West Side elementary school on charges that he sexually abused a child, Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott said the city is examining its policies to close any gaps that might have prevented the incident. Though the aide had previously been accused of inappropriate behavior toward a middle school student, it remains unclear whether Public School 87's principal was informed of his history.

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At One Lower East Side School, Kids Get Out to Get Ahead

Monday, February 13, 2012

Educators at Public School 142 Amalia Castro on the Lower East Side are turning the world around the school into a living laboratory for its littlest students, with the goal of introducing them to simple concepts that will provide context for reading, math and other basics that the children lack when they get to school, Michael Winerip writes in his On Education column this Monday morning.

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P.S. 87 Aide Arrested in Sexual Abuse Case

Friday, February 10, 2012

A teacher’s aide at P.S. 87 on the Upper West Side was arrested in connection with an allegation that he sexually abused a student at the school, the Education Department said Friday.

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