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DOE Identifies Struggling Schools for 'Conversations,' Not Closures

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Education officials say they're talking with the lowest-scoring schools about how to improve, an annual process that in previous years helped the city identify which schools to close. This year, the talks come with lower stakes.

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Principals Carry Weight of New Evaluation System

Friday, July 19, 2013

Among the many duties of already overloaded school principals, who say they feel pressure to show results to a data-driven Department of Education, is the implementation of a complex teacher evaluation system coming to all the New York City schools this fall.

"They keep changing the music and we keep dancing," said Brian DeVale, principal of P.S. 257 John F. Hylan in Brooklyn.

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School Closure Decisions Remain Opaque

Thursday, February 07, 2013

After the early engagement process this year, which noted the poor performance of 60 schools, education officials identified about two dozen schools for closure. The public hearings start soon but there are no expectations that anything will change the minds of D.O.E. officials. Why were some schools spared and others closed? "That's the mystery," said one Community Education Council member.

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36 Middle, Elementary Schools Put On Notice

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

The Department of Education is starting conversations with three dozen schools identified as struggling. This "early engagement" process helps determine which schools are proposed for closure.

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More School Choice Questions From Parents

Friday, December 09, 2011

"What happens to students that schools don't 'compete' for?' "Why do all the kids have to be tutored to get into the specialized schools?" "I just moved to Harlem and found out I'm in District 5 with almost no choice for middle schools. Why is this?" These are a few of the questions that were never presented to Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott at a SchoolBook event because of time limitations. We will do our best to get some answers for you.

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Sara Stone and Allison Keil: Building Relationships

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Two former teachers who formed a charter elementary school in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, say they learned some lessons about what makes a strong school community, especially when they tried, unsuccessfully, to add a middle school last spring.

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Students Return to a Leaner School System

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Teachers, principals, and students return to schools today, where the order to do more with less may be born out in larger class sizes, fewer supplies and disappearing after school programs.

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