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Test Prep Questions Raise Concerns On Eve of Math Tests

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Comedian Louis C.K. vented on Twitter this week about the prep questions his kids had ahead of the state math tests. Other NYC parents said they're also confused by the new Common Core-aligned math tests third through eighth grade students are taking this week.

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The Heart-Racing Scramble That Is Applying to Pre-K

Friday, March 07, 2014

Full-day pre-k for all may be on the horizon. But for now, in many neighborhoods competition is fierce for a pre-k seat in one of the local public schools.

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Parents Nudge Their Children Back To (Summer) School

Monday, July 08, 2013

Summer school is underway and parents at least have mixed feelings about it. One mother said she felt that her child's need to attend the summer session was her "fault" while another chose to enroll one of her sons even though he didn't need it, just to "prepare him" for next year.

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State Officials Throw Out Another Pearson Test Question

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

State education officials have again tossed out a question on the standardized tests after finding that errors by Pearson, the test-maker, made the problem virtually impossible for students to solve.

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Testing Concerns Keep Coming

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

As math exams for the state's fourth to eighth graders begin on Wednesday, new controversy emerged about the quality of the exams and choices of the exam-maker, Pearson Education.

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Testing, Tutoring and Worrying Occupy City School Parents

Monday, April 16, 2012

Testing, striving and tutoring are very much in the news on this warm April day, the first back from spring break for public school students and staff. The New York Times has a report about the rise in tutoring for elementary school students, in preparation for the standardized exams, which begin this week. The results of the gifted and talented testing are in. And there is worry about graduation rates now that senior have to pass five Regents exams to earn their diplomas.

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Murrow Students Making Their Moves at Chess Nationals

Thursday, April 12, 2012

A team of Edward R. Murrow High School students that epitomizes polyglot New York is in Minneapolis this spring break weekend, competing in the chess nationals. The students are hoping to build on their team's winning history.

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Why Some Parents Resent the Success Charter Schools

Monday, March 19, 2012

In an opinion article in The Times this weekend, a parent of a kindergarten pupil at P.S. 261 Philip Livingston in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, said the planned addition of Success Academy charter schools into the gentrified areas of Cobble Hill and Williamsburg may siphon off middle-class students, destroying the delightful demographic mix at her daughter's school.

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In Cobble Hill, Continued Resistance to New Charters

Thursday, March 08, 2012

The Success Academy charter school network has been green-lighted to open three new schools in Brooklyn next fall, but that has not led to acceptance in neighborhoods like Cobble Hill, where some parents and teachers are still protesting.

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A Father's Place Is in the School

Monday, February 20, 2012

There have always been fathers involved in school PTAs, fund raising and education governance and politics. But as Kyle Spencer reported in The New York Times last week, these days there are not just more Dads involved in city school PTAs. The Dads are also putting their own stamp on the schools. Read about what is going on at Public School 11 William T. Harris in Chelsea, P.S. 110 Florence Nightingale on the Lower East Side, P.S. 75 Emily Dickinson on West End Avenue, P.S. 3 Charrette School in the West Village, P.S. 295 in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, P.S. 261 Philip Livingston in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, and in the Staten Island schools.

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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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Mayor Merryl Tisch? The Post Floats the Idea

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

It is already evident that the New York City school system will figure prominently in the race for mayor in 2013, both in terms of policies and in union and other support. But now The New York Post, in a blind item on Page Six, is trying to entice a full-out education person to run: Merryl H. Tisch, the chancellor of the state's Board of Regents.

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Success Academy Charter Battle, Take Two

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Eva S. Moskowitz is deep into another battle, this time in Brooklyn where she is trying to start one of her Success Academy charter schools in Cobble Hill. Some of the people at Public School 261 Philip Livingston in Brooklyn are planning an event in protest.

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Do Teachers Have It Made? Hardly, a New Film Says

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

A new documentary opening in New York City on Friday is a rebuttal of sorts to the pundits and politicians who are eager to battle unions and write teachers off as the over-protected recipients of Cadillac benefits, extended summer vacations and low expectations.

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