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Public School Parents Largely True Believers in Vaccination

Monday, April 06, 2015

In New York State, you must make a religious declaration to exempt your child from legally-required vaccines. In the city, WNYC found relatively few public school parents seek waivers.

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Offers for Gifted and Talented Programs Increase, Disparities Persist

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

A higher number of students received offers for a seat in a gifted and talented program but the total number of students was smaller than last year. Families have until June 6 to grab one of the coveted seats.

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Opinion: Five Ways to Improve Gifted Programs in NYC Schools

Friday, April 11, 2014

The program for super bright kids has a few dumb problems, like having just a fraction of seats available (300) for all the incoming kindergarten students deemed "gifted" (1,908). Two veteran parents offer ideas to make G&T smarter.

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Student Experiments Launch into Space. Outer Space.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Small tubes of powdered milk and mushroom spores sped into earth's orbit on Thursday as part of science experiments conducted by two groups of New York City students.

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In Era of High School Choice, One District Retains Elite Status

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been a champion of school choice, opening hundreds of new schools throughout the city. But some of the most desirable high schools remain reserved for students in just one school district: District Two which includes the Upper East Side and lower Manhattan.

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Gifted and Talented Seats Become Far More Competitive

Friday, June 14, 2013

Gifted and Talented offers were finally sent to families on Friday, and just over half of the applicants received seats - a far lower percentage than in previous years. The Department of Education said that was largely because so many more children were eligible after scoring highly on the screening tests.

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Mentoring Program Graduates Teen Scientists

Monday, June 10, 2013

Dozens of teens presented their research findings after completing a two-year after school science program at the American Museum of Natural History, in which they studied topics ranging from astrophysics to molecular biology.

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Weingarten Calls for Moratorium on Common Core Consequences

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The president of the American Federation of Teachers came back home to New York to call for putting "a brake on the stakes." She criticized using new state test results before teachers are fully trained in standards called the Common Core, and curriculum is widely available.

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Parents Angered by G&T Scoring Errors

Monday, April 22, 2013

News that even more children are eligible for gifted and talented seats was a relief to some parents, but many were angry at the testing company Pearson. And they worried that they're still won't be enough seats to meet the demand. join the conversation.

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Hundreds of Parents Sign Petition Critical of NEST+M Principal

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Discord between parents and the principal at the New Explorations Into Science, Technology and Math High School reached a discomfiting peak this week when more than 500 parents and faculty members signed an online petition that criticized the principal, Olga Livanis, as overly punitive in this year’s rating of several well-liked teachers, failing to share important budgetary information with parents, and setting the wrong tone at the school, which is on the Lower East Side.

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This Could Be the Foodiest School in New York

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Many public schools incorporate food — its production, nutritional value and place in the larger culture — into their curriculums, And at certain private schools lunchtime can include braised meats and Korean meatloaf. But at P.S. 150, a school of fewer than 200 students in TriBeCa, an appreciation for food is an integral part of student life, interwoven into the culture of the school and shared by the families who send their children there, many of whom have sophisticated palettes themselves.

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Looking for a Job? Chances Are, the PTA Is Hiring

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

There is no centralized accounting of how many New Yorkers owe their livelihood to public school PTAs. But parent association Web sites -- which often include lists of the activities parent dollars are now responsible for -- suggest that if you are an actress with an appetite for history, an entrepreneurial bongo drummer, a yoga instructor O.K. with teaching downward dog to 6-year-olds, even a skateboard champion looking to earn some extra cash, currying favor with the city’s better-off PTAs is just good business.

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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 Pay for School Staff, With Little Oversight

Friday, June 08, 2012

It's an open secret that PTAs in many of the city's well-heeled neighborhoods pay for additional school staff. It's difficult to document the extent of this spending because the Department of Education tracks only a small fraction of parent fund-raising and spending, leaving many groups to make potentially significant decisions with little official oversight.

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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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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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