Monday, January 27, 2014
Imagine: a high school where students are on a first-name basis with their principal and teachers, have personal advocate counselors, and where a failing grade doesn’t mean trouble, but an offer of help. West Brooklyn Community High School is that kind of school. Opened in 2006, West Brooklyn is designed to give students a second-chance at earning lost credits and graduating. In this report, two students—Eddie Munoz and Jairo Gomez—tell the story of how they fell dangerously behind at their previous schools and got back on track at West Brooklyn. (Watch it here)
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
By Yasmeen Khan
Just because schools were in session doesn’t mean the people could get there. Plenty of New York City schools on Wednesday muddled through staffing shortages and a student attendance rate of 47 percent -- the lowest this school year.
Tuesday, September 03, 2013
By Beth Fertig
With six days to go before the start of school, Mayor Michael Bloomberg is launching one more effort to combat chronic absenteeism before leaving office at the end of the year.
Thursday, January 17, 2013
By Beth Fertig
Attendance rose slightly on the second day of the bus strike, but it was still just about 62 percent at schools for students with severe disabilities who rely most heavily on yellow buses.
Monday, October 29, 2012
By Yasmeen Khan
With one in five students missing at least 20 days of school per year, the city is continuing it's wake-up call program. The recorded messages, from celebrities and now fellow students, encourage students to get out of bed and get to school.
Thursday, June 28, 2012
By Kyle Spencer
According to Department of Education officials, attendance on Wednesday was at 79.4 percent, a mere .2 percentage points lower than the rate for the last day of school in 2011 -- despite the fact that many schools had canceled classes on Monday and Tuesday because the city had clocked none of its allotted snow days this year.
Monday, April 09, 2012
By Maria Newman
Forest Hills High School has more than 3,800 students, 12 assistant principals and 195 teachers. Despite its size and crowding issues, it has earned an A on its progress report three years in a row. The principal, Saul Gootnick, said his team changed the culture of the school by focusing on the classroom and introducing changes one step at a time. "You have to have a plan and you have to make people believe in what you think," he said.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
A parent writes about taking his 14-year-old daughter and 11-year-old son out of school for six days this month for a family trip to Israel -- a journey that provided them with a serious bout of experiential learning. Did he make the right decision?
Friday, December 16, 2011
A third of New York City elementary and middle school students who failed state exams last spring did not move on to the next grade this school year, a decrease from the year before, when nearly half were held back.
Thursday, November 10, 2011
In reviewing the results of the first year of its anti-truancy campaign, the city has found that chronically absent students who had attendance mentors fared better than those who did not. So the city is more than doubling the number of public school students who are assigned mentors this year.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Do you want to know how attendance relates to student test performance? How many students in the New York City schools were born in Guyana compared to those born in India? Or maybe you want to know how much the system spent on pensions. It's all here, in the Independent Budget Office's annual report.
Thursday, July 21, 2011
The Metropolitan Museum announced on Thursday that it had broken records: 5.68 million people visited its Fifth Ave. location, its Cloisters museum and its gardens in the past fiscal year. The number marked the most visitors the Met has had in 40 years.