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NYC Families Scramble to Adjust to New School Start and End Times

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Changing the school day by 40 minutes might not sound like a big deal, but it can throw a wrench into the schedule for busy New York City families.
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To Keep or to Cast-Off: What To Do With Your Child's Art?

Friday, June 27, 2014

WNYC

One art teacher who's also a parent says he saves about 10 percent of his children's art. How did you handle all that cute and unwieldy stuff that came home from school? 

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Mayor: Now We Have the Pre-K Seats, Still Need the Funding

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

In response to a request for proposals, the  Department of Education said potentially it could open 29,000 full-day seats this fall, well over the mayor's initial target. But the issue of money -- and the rush to expand -- remain causes for concern. 

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Firecrackers and Absenteeism: When Tradition and School Days Collide

Friday, January 31, 2014

How many children need to miss school before officials decide to add a holiday to the school calendar? This is not a riddle. It's a conundrum coming to a head around Chinese New Year and other holidays celebrated by so many New Yorkers.

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Teachers Anxious Over Implementation of Eval Plan

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

WNYC

Now that the evaluation plan is set, training and implementation come next. Many teachers say they are worried that the complex plan will not be carried out correctly, especially with the increased demands the plan places on principals.

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District 2 Parents Mull Latest Rezoning Plans

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The Education Department has presented plans to rezone parts of District 2, covering Midtown East, Greenwich Village and Chelsea. Families and local residents can weigh in on the proposals later this month, ahead of the Community Education Council vote.

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Cuomo Urges Districts and Unions to Compromise on Evaluations

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The stalemate over a new teacher evaluation system continues, and on Tuesday Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo issued a blistering statement, saying "the forces that protect this bureaucracy have stymied reform at every turn." He urged both sides to "expedite their negotiations." Meanwhile the city schools chancellor, Dennis M. Walcott, repeated his declaration that he will not let money dictate school policy, and the teachers union published its own account of the negotiations.

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City Abandons Rezoning Plans for Village and Chelsea

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

UPDATED | City officials have dropped their plans to rezone crowded public elementary schools in Greenwich Village and Chelsea after a parent council voted down their most recent plan. Instead, officials will focus on zoning in Lower Manhattan, and they plan to present a third version of a zoning plan for the new Peck Slip School.

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Principals' Rebellion Against Evaluations Grows

Monday, November 28, 2011

The suburbs are the breeding ground for a growing rebellion by New York principals against the new system of evaluating teachers. The principals do not object only to the use of student test results as a significant portion of teacher evaluations, the fulfillment of a pledge the state made to acquire $700 million in federal Race to the Top grants. They also object to the willy-nilly way that they say the evaluation system is being devised.

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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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