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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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Quinn's Quest for 'Kindergarten for All'

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Kindergarten is not mandatory in New York City. And so anywhere from 3,000 to 6,000 children each year who meet the age qualifications don't enroll in kindergarten -- and too often those are poor or disabled children who need it most. Christine C. Quinn, the City Council speaker, is trying to change that, The Times reports.

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After a Tumultuous Week, It's Back to School

Monday, February 27, 2012

Last week was February break for city schools, but it was hard to tell, given the tumult of public school-related news. Not only was an audit released by the city pointing to serious problems tied to credits and exams at nine high schools, but the city also finally made public its rankings of individual teachers after a long legal battle.

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City to Vote on School Closings After Weeks of Hearings

Thursday, February 09, 2012

After weeks of hearings, many of them emotionally wrenching, the Panel for Educational Policy will decide Thursday night which schools in the city they will close -- partially or entirely -- for academic failure.

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Teachers Turn Out in Force at PEP Meeting

Thursday, January 19, 2012

As threatened, teachers and teachers' union staff members packed the auditorium of the Brooklyn Technical High School on Wednesday night for the meeting of the Panel for Educational Policy. Carrying signs, blowing whistles and booing loudly, they at times drowned out panel members, as well as parents and teachers trying to address the room during the public comment period. Then they marched out.

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Dates Set for School Closing Hearings

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

The city's Department of Education has set hearing dates for the 25 schools that officials have recommended for closing or for the removal of middle school grades. The Panel for Educational Policy will vote on the recommendations on Feb. 9.

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25 Schools Could Be Closed or Truncated

Friday, December 09, 2011

In the second part of a two-day announcement, city education officials added 10 schools to the list of schools it will close, phase out over a period of several years or truncate in the next year, bringing the total to 25 schools. Last year, the city proposed to close or truncate 26 schools.

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12 Schools Named for Closing

Thursday, December 08, 2011

The Department of Education released the names of 12 schools it is proposing to phase out, and identified three from which it wants to remove some of the grades.

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School Closing Announcements Start Thursday

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

UPDATED | Schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott announced Wednesday at a District 2 Town Hall meeting that the Education Department will reveal within the next two days which of the city's struggling schools it will close.

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At High School Fairs, Many Choices and a Few Worries

Monday, October 24, 2011

Middle school students in New York City had another opportunity over the weekend to look over the city's high schools, this time at borough high school fairs, to try to narrow down the choices for their application ballots. SchoolBook asked students (and parents and teachers) at the fair how the search had gone so far, and for advice to give to others.

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Following Progress Reports, New List of 20 Struggling Schools

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The Department of Education released the list of 20 elementary and middle schools it has tagged as “struggling” following the release of the school progress reports. Identifying the struggling schools is the first step in a long, emotional and legally mandated exercise the department has engaged in every year since 2008 to either try to turn schools around or shut them.

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