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Thousands Across New York Opt Out of State Exams

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

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Figures coming in from small school districts and in-field guesstimates suggest opt-out rates for the state's annual tests are on the rise.
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New Workday Rules Focus On Teacher Planning and Prep

Friday, June 13, 2014

The city and teachers union are betting that additional time set aside for teachers to hone their craft and work collaboratively will pay off for students.

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Council Pushes for Faster PCB Removal

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Education officials said they can remove toxic PCBs from about 85 schools this summer and a handful more next summer, a pace that City Council members said they found unacceptable.

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More Children Opted Out of State Tests

Friday, July 13, 2012

City officials released figures for the number of children who opted out of state testing: 113 for both the math and English tests. It’s a fraction of the 436,000-plus who took the exams, but three times the number who opted out the previous year, presumably because of a growing number of parents who object to “high-stakes testing.”

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As PCB Issue Lingers, Removal Will Be Expedited at a Brooklyn School

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

A Brooklyn public school that had leaking light fixtures will be moved to the top of the list of schools with PCB problems, and the city will replace its lighting very soon, city officials said last week. But some health and environmental experts say the timeline for light fixture removal from schools should be expedited citywide.

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Parents Push for Faster PCB Removal

Monday, June 11, 2012

Parents at a Brooklyn elementary school are calling on the Department of Education to move faster to remove toxic PCBs from lighting fixtures in school buildings around the city.

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Rain Intercedes as Parents Protest Asbestos Removal at Cobble Hill School

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

With just a few hours notice, more than 100 parents, children and community members gathered in the schoolyard of Public School 29 John M. Harrigan in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, in a show of force against an asbestos abatement plan at the school. Some sported surgical masks, others carried signs with slogans such as “Protect Our Kids” and “What is Insidious? Asbestos.”

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With Test Week Here, Parents Consider the Option of Opting Out

Monday, April 16, 2012

While thousands of New York public school students will sit for mandated standardized tests this week, only a handful will be deliberately kept from picking up their No. 2 pencils to fill in the test sheet bubbles. That doesn't mean more parents aren't thinking about keeping their children home.

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Examining Teacher Rankings

Monday, March 05, 2012

Schools and teachers are still reeling from the release and publication of their performance ratings -- particularly at two Brooklyn schools, where teachers received low ratings despite the schools' otherwise excellent reputations. Also, how Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's proposed budget could affect child care and after-school programs.

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Competition for Cobble Hill School Site

Thursday, November 17, 2011

As the Department of Education moves to bring a charter school to Brooklyn's Cobble Hill neighborhood, a state assemblywoman and a former city schools official are backing a different school proposal that would compete with the charter school for space.

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