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30 Issues: Educating for Tomorrow, K-12

Monday, September 17, 2012

30 Issues in 30 Days is our election year series on the important issues facing the country this election year. Today: Comparing the candidates' public education policies, from kindergarten through high school. Visit the 30 Issue home page for all the conversations.

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Schoolbook

Feds Award Five City Schools Blue Ribbons

Friday, September 07, 2012

Five New York City public schools were awarded Blue Ribbons of excellence by the U.S. Department of Education for high performance.

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Calendar for this Month's Department of Education Hearings

Monday, August 20, 2012

August is hardly as slow as it seems. Public hearings are scheduled almost every weeknight for the remainder of the month on proposals to open charter schools in 2013, and the Panel for Educational Policy is meeting this week.

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Seeking Real Diversity In New Schools

Thursday, August 16, 2012

The CEO of the Success Academy Charter Schools explains why she is opening schools in more affluent and whiter neighborhoods in the city than where she started her charter school network. The answer is not for the fun of controversy and heated public hearings.

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Proposed Charters Get Public Hearings

Monday, August 06, 2012

Hearings are being held this month on charter schools that plan to open in the Bronx, on Staten Island and in East Harlem and Brooklyn in the fall of 2013. See the schedule and details.

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Question of the Week (Decade?): Are Charter Schools Better?

Friday, July 20, 2012

Are charters really doing a better job educating the city’s public school students than the traditional public schools? That was the question of the week, after state test scores came out on Tuesday showing not only far greater proficiency in English and math by third through eighth graders who attend the city’s charters, but also far more improvement this year.

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Charter Schools Celebrate Test Score Gains

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

While all New York City students showed improvement on state tests, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg on Tuesday set aside special praise for charter schools, which have shown greater improvements in proficiency since 2010. Critics say it is because charters attract higher-performing students, but the chief executive of the New York City Charter School Center said the results are "cause for optimism."

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Court Denies City's Revocation of Williamsburg School's Charter

Thursday, June 28, 2012

UPDATED | In a ruling announced on Thursday, Judge Ellen M. Spodek of State Supreme Court in Brooklyn wrote that the city's decision this year to revoke Williamsburg Charter High School's charter, despite having renewed it in 2009, was "arbitrary and capricious" and "not corroborated by any policy, regulation or protocol established by the D.O.E."

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New City Budget Restores Money for Day Care and After-School Programs

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

The annual city budget dance has ended, and the City Council and Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg have waltzed to a deal for $68.5 billion that includes no tax increases, no firehouse closings, no widespread layoffs of teachers or others — and, in fact, slight increases to some services for children and families.

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Conditional 'Yes' on Money for 24 City Schools

Monday, June 25, 2012

Last week ended with a flurry of news, in part because of the conclusion of the legislative session in Albany. But before departing for the weekend, the state Education Department slipped in a decision on providing $60 million in aid to 24 "turnaround schools" in the city. And this week -- the last week of public school -- starts with news of audits of an expensive kindergarten program for special-needs children, and more on the Horace Mann School sexual misconduct allegations. Oh, yes, and there are a few graduations.

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As Year Ends, Students at Williamsburg Charter High Wonder: Will We Be Back?

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

City officials announced in January that they were shutting Williamsburg Charter High School in Brooklyn, because of concerns about its management. Court proceedings have stalled the city's efforts, and with days to go until the school year ends, the freshmen, sophomores and juniors who intended to stay on at the school still have no idea whether it will be open in the fall.

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Charter Schools Face Opposition to Plan for Special Needs Children

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Charter schools are under increasing pressure to admit and provide more services for children with special needs. This spring, they have been asking the Legislature for the authority to form coalitions, so they can pool resources that will help them fulfill their mandate. The bill seemed to be cruising along, but now the state teachers' union has thrown up a roadblock.

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In New Book, Success Academy Operator Promotes Charter Schools and Offers Advice

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Eva Moskowitz has written a book based on her experiences with the Success Academy Charter schools that is part polemic on school choice, part how-to guide and part personal memoir. It includes the tenets of what Ms. Moskowitz terms "joyful rigor."

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Charter vs. Charter in a Shared Harlem Building

Monday, June 11, 2012

In the recent past, most of the contentious battles over school space in the city have erupted when a charter school has tried to share the same floor with a traditional public school. In this case, the space crunch is between two charter schools, both of which are very different models. A Columbia journalism student reports from Harlem.

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At the Horace Mann School, Tales of Power and Abuse

Friday, June 08, 2012

The New York Times Magazine article about the Horace Mann School has drawn hundreds of comments from readers moved by its description of sexual abuse that took place there during the '70s and '80s. It has also drawn a letter of response from the school.

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Peninsula Prep Continues to Plan for the Fall Semester

Friday, May 25, 2012

A Queens charter school that the city has been trying to close for months won an extension of its temporary restraining order on Thursday, allowing it remain open until the judge rules on the case, which could take months.

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Judge Rebukes City's Press to Reassign Williamsburg Charter Students

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

A hearing to determine whether the city can move ahead with plans to close Williamsburg Charter High School had nearly finished for the day when Andrew Rauchberg, the city’s lawyer, stood up and asked Judge Ellen M. Spodek if the city could start registering its students in other schools. Raising her voice, Judge Spodek told Mr. Rauchberg that the city might consider waiting until next year to revoke the school’s charter if it wanted to aid the students. “If you’re interested in what’s fair for the students, that would be fair for the students,” she said, drawing cheers from the school's supporters.

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Charter School Group Reports Steady Demand for Seats

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

An estimated 133,080 applications were submitted for 14,600 available seats in this spring’s random admissions lotteries, according to the New York City Charter School Center. The Charter Center's C.E.O. says that shows city parents still want more public school options.

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Prominent Lawmaker Seeks to Slow Down NJ's Virtual Charters

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

As students continue to sign up for New Jersey’s first experiments with online charter schools, one leading legislator is asking the state to slow down.

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New Race to the Top Money Will Support Individualized Teaching

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The federal government will announce on Tuesday that $400 million will go to districts or clusters of districts that can show how they will focus resources on “students facing significant challenges, such as students with disabilities, English learners and students affected by impacts of poverty or family instability.”

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