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Rural Schools Recruit Abroad To Stay Afloat

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Small towns are shrinking across America, and along with them student populations. When a student population shrinks, so does a school’s state funding. But some rural and small town schools have found an inventive way to stay afloat by recruiting international students who pay up to $30,000 per year to attend an American public school — regardless of where in America that school is.

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Promising Results for Specialized High School Tutoring Group

Monday, March 12, 2012

Alarmed by reports of declining numbers of black and Latino students in the city's elite high schools, two groups began offering free tutoring. One of them, the Science Schools Initiative, had 28 of its 64 students receive an acceptance letter.

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Following Shooting, Bullying Is Again in the Spotlight

Monday, March 12, 2012

School communities are turning yet again to issues of bullying, guns and violence following the shooting rampage two weeks ago at Chardon High School near Cleveland. On WNYC's "The Brian Lehrer Show" on Monday, Jessie Klein, an assistant professor of sociology and criminal justice at Adelphi University, makes the case that bullying, while hardly a new phenomenon, is a growing crisis in American schools that stems from a culture of competition and aggression.

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Mark Federman: Catch Students Before They Fall

Monday, March 12, 2012

Many students at East Side Community High School on East 12th Street in Manhattan enter the 6-12 school performing below grade level. Yet somehow 90 percent of graduates go on to college. The principal, Mark Federman, said students get personal attention and respect: "We have kids who act like knuckleheads and we have moments where we have to be tough with them. But we’re looking for kids to do the right thing. We have a lot of faith that they can do the right thing."

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Promising Results Found With Core Knowledge Reading Method

Monday, March 12, 2012

Children at 10 schools who were taught reading using a curriculum designed by the education theorist E.D. Hirsch Jr.’s Core Knowledge Foundation have significantly outperformed students taught at other schools under a variety of other methods, most of which fell under the definition of “balanced literacy,” an approach that was promoted citywide by the former schools chancellor, Joel I. Klein, beginning in 2003.

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Charting the Stages of Teacher Data Report Grief

Friday, March 09, 2012

A Queens English teacher writes: "The feeling when your teacher data report arrives by e-mail is akin to going over the crest of a roller coaster, realizing you’ve lost your wallet, and stepping where the last stair ought to have been, all rolled into one nauseating package. It’s an event that you know may have drastic implications for your career, but you also know the result is as random as a scratch-off lottery ticket. "

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The Munchkins Are a Problem: Drama Club Drama

Friday, March 09, 2012

In last week's installment of "The Munchkins Are a Problem," Helene Stapinski wrote about how she reluctantly agreed to help produce the fifth-grade play at P.S. 29 in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. This week the Drama Club holds it first meeting. Note to other play parents: leave the weapons props at home.

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Help for College Students Who Are Illegal Immigrants

Friday, March 09, 2012

With the Dream Act bill in limbo in Albany, the New York Immigration Foundation, with help from the Korean American Community Foundation and labor groups, and the support of the Fund for Public Advocacy, put up the money to help 10 undergraduates in the City University of New York pay their tuition. More than 100 students applied for the aid, The Times says.

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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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Teachers' Morale Reaches 20-Year Low

Thursday, March 08, 2012

The outpouring of reaction to the release of the teacher data reports, as well as the stream of recent articles in blogs and other publications, has provided a pretty good sense of how many teachers in New York are feeling these days: disappointed, angry, depressed, put-upon and fed up. Now comes a new survey that shows those feelings are not just held by teachers in New York -- nor by an outspoken few.

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A Lesson in Teaching to the Test, From E.B. White

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

The authors turn to E.B. White's ''The Trumpet of the Swan'' to write about how children are born curious, and educators have to make sure their zeal to raise scores on standardized tests does not squelch their creative thinking.

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Bloomberg Praises a Charter-to-Charter Turnaround

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

At a benefit, the mayor praised Democracy Prep, the first charter management organization to take on the task of restructuring a failing charter school. It has taken over Harlem Day and replaced it with the Harlem Prep Charter School.

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Hunter College High School Names One of Its Own as Principal

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Tony Fisher, 47, the acting principal, was named to permanently replace Eileen Coppola, who in 2010 became the third principal to resign in five years.

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Racial Divide Found in Discipline in City's Schools, Echoing Findings Across U.S.

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Like their peers across the country, black and Hispanic public school students in New York City have been disciplined more harshly than other students, and they are less likely to be exposed to high-level curriculums or experienced teachers, according to new federal data.

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The Principal's Role in Teacher Evaluations

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

A principal writes that he is concerned that a large portion of a teacher's evaluation is to be taken out of the hands of principals. "I am disturbed by this, not just because I think this will lead to inaccurate ratings and will pressure teachers in unproductive ways (it will), but also because I believe it speaks to a growing distrust of or disrespect for principals,'' Phil Weinberg says.

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Black Students Face Harsher Discipline, Study Says

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Black students, and boys in particular, are more likely to be harshly disciplined in school than other students, according to new data from the U.S. Department of Education. The new information, from the department's Civil Rights Data Collection’s 2009-10 statistics, shows that while black students make up a fraction of the enrollment at schools surveyed -- 18 percent -- they account for 35 percent of first-time suspensions and 46 percent of second-time suspensions.

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Protesters Urge Mayor to Spare Programs for Children

Monday, March 05, 2012

Parents, City Council members and Bill de Blasio, the city’s public advocate, gathered in front of City Hall on Monday to protest proposed cuts to child care and after-school programs. One parent said, “I can’t be there when that bell rings at 2:45.”

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Election Year Offers Students Livelier Civics Lessons

Monday, March 05, 2012

With Super Tuesday upon us, when 10 states will hold Republican primary elections, we are asking teachers and students: How have you been covering the election season in the classroom?

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At a Harlem Transfer School, a High-Tech Celebration of Student Achievement

Monday, March 05, 2012

At Harlem Renaissance High School, a transfer school, graduating seniors hosted family and members of the community at an expo, where they displayed their work and videos chronicling their journey to graduation.

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The 'Magic' of Student-Teacher Relationships

Monday, March 05, 2012

A teacher who blogs about her experiences teaching in a Bronx middle school writes: Often teachers who pull the best out of a troubled student are considered to be transforming -- even magical. But kids who succeed because of us are not kids who have the tools to succeed in the long run. Relationships matter -- but they aren’t enough.

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