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Clock Ticking, Charters in Limbo Look to Mayor

Friday, February 07, 2014

Charter schools were the darling of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who allowed them to co-locate inside regular public school buildings. But two lawsuits are trying to stop 28 more charters from opening this coming fall, putting pressure on a new mayor who is less enamored with the privately-run public schools.

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A Call for Parents' Say Over Co-Locations

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

UPDATED | Members of the New York State Assembly and Senate, parents and education advocates called for state legislation on Tuesday to give local school advisory panels the power to veto school co-locations in their districts.

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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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Growing Long Island Cheating Scandal Now Includes ACT

Thursday, November 10, 2011

That cheating scandal on Long Island is now believed to involve as many as 35 students in five high schools, the Nassau County district attorney's office reports. And the cheating accusations do not surround only the SAT, but also the increasingly popular ACT exam.

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Supporters of P.S. 161 Ask for More Time

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Parents, students and teachers demonstrated in support of Public School 161 in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, which is in danger of being closed by the Department of Education. The school's supporters said they had a plan and just needed time to improve.

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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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A Crown Heights School's Fall From Grace

Friday, November 04, 2011

P.S. 161 The Crown went from being top of the heap in test scores a few years ago, to one of the lowest scoring schools in Brooklyn's District 17. The school's admissions policies, formal and informal, changed over the years, and now The Crown faces its middle school grades being phased out.

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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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