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City Withdraws Plan to Lease Land from West Side Schools

Monday, June 17, 2013

The city's Department of Education has withdrawn plans to develop the sites of two Upper West Side schools, after negative reactions from the community. But it is still exploring plans to lease the site of an East Side high school.

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Coveting Public School Land Leads to a Bad Deal

Friday, June 07, 2013

WNYC

School supporters of P.S. 191 and P.S. 199, and their Upper West Side neighbors, are planning a rally Friday against plans to develop private high-rise buildings where the two schools now operate. One opponent asks why the city is considering a deal that gives away public land tax free with next to no local input.

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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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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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Good, Improved and Failing: Our Lists Off the Progress Reports

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Part of what the annual school progress reports reveal are the schools that are subject to revamping or closing. But the reports can also show which schools are excelling, which are most improved, which are persistently failing, which exhibited the greatest student progress and which are inching up -- among many other measures. Here are some lists that SchoolBook has compiled based on schools' progress reports.

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