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Teachers Sound Off on State English Tests

Monday, April 21, 2014

Some city educators object to the New York's recent English exams for grades 3-8, but that doesn't mean they're opposed to higher standards.

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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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Bloomberg Poll: Like the Ideas, Not the Execution

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

A new poll released Wednesday found that only 24 percent of New York voters considered mayoral control of the schools a success, while 57 percent said it was a failure. The voters still support charter schools, but with less enthusiasm than in the past. And 66 percent of voters want the next mayor to share control of the schools with an independent school board, while 15 percent said that the mayor should cede control and 13 percent said the next mayor should retain control.

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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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District 2 Council Rejects Two Rezoning Plans

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

In a surprise move, a parent council representing much of Lower Manhattan and the Upper East Side unanimously rejected two city proposals to rezone public schools.

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For Safety's Sake, a Little Less Art on School Walls

Friday, September 16, 2011

Principals at city public schools also said they are cutting back on some of their classroom displays because of enforcement of fire codes by the city Fire Department. Gone are some hallway displays. And teachers have taken down the clotheslines, common in city elementary schools, that were used to hang instructions at students' eye level

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