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No Friday Night Lights for Sayreville's Homecoming

Thursday, October 23, 2014

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Sayreville War Memorial High School in New Jersey held its homecoming ceremony this year between the girls’ field hockey match and the boys’ soccer game.

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Schoolbook

School Size - Does it Really Matter?

Monday, November 04, 2013

Ahead of the next #whatworks Twitter chat on Nov. 6, check out what the experts are saying about small schools as a strategy to improving New York City high schools. Are they all they are cracked up to be?

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High School Applications Deadline is Here

Monday, December 10, 2012

Monday is the deadline for students to submit their choices for high school next year. While there are hundreds to choose from there is often excess demand for a handful of the most popular schools while newer or lesser known high schools get overlooked.

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Making Sense of the High School Progress Reports

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Here's a deeper dive into the grades and scores released Monday afternoon for the city's 500-plus high schools. Listen to our analysis and read how other media outlets covered the release of the high school progress reports for the 2011-12 school year.

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Schoolbook

Two Mothers Say They Crave More School Contact

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Two women whose children attend a middle school in the Bronx say they'd like more information about their children's progress and more access to school officials.

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Schoolbook

Author: Let's Do More For Top Students

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Chester Finn Jr., a former assistant secretary of education and co-author of "Exam Schools: Inside America's Most Selective High Schools," says he wishes more could be done for the country's brightest students before they hit the ninth grade.

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Filmmaker Finds No Quick Fix to Dropout Rate

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

The writer/producer of Frontline’s film “Dropout Nation” talks about what it takes to keep students in high school. Frontline spent a semester inside Sharpstown High School in Houston, Texas, a once-notorious “dropout factory” to document students in crisis and the teachers, counselors, and principal struggling to get them to graduation day.

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Schoolbook

High Schools Scramble to Use Credit Recovery Before Policy Ends

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

One of the creative accommodations that has developed in this era of data-driven education is about to come to an end, and some city high schools and their students are making a last-ditch effort to take advantage of it.

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City Removes John Dewey High School Principal

Friday, March 16, 2012

New York City's Department of Education removed the principal of a Brooklyn high school from his position on Friday, a decision that caught school staff by surprise and fueled complaints that the city was trying to quash protests against Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's education policies.

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Schoolbook

Hope for a Bergtraum Comeback Is Far Away, in Student Homes

Friday, March 16, 2012

A teacher and union leader at Murry Bergtraum High School says breaking down community schools and replacing them with small boutique schools has left Bergtraum with too many students who are there by default. "The results were a changed academic and social demographic," he writes -- and the school's consequential designation by a tabloid as "Worst High School in NY." But he has a proposal to turn things around.

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Schoolbook

A Bronx High School Teacher Tells All

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

In the news on Wednesday, a teacher writes critically, but also with affection, about his students and what life is like at his large Bronx high school. And a Manhattan high school teacher faces criminal charges thanks to her inability to spell.

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Schoolbook

Mayor's Address Will Highlight Small Schools Initiative

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

When Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg delivers his state of the city speech on Thursday, he will do so from a public school. Four schools, to be exact. The mayor will speak from the Morris Educational Campus in the Bronx at 1 p.m.

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City Policies Undermined Jane Addams High

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Two teachers who taught at Jane Addams High School for Academic Careers in the South Bronx ask: Why did the Education Department let Jane Addams continue on its failing path, and how can it get away with claiming ignorance about the current credit scandal when its interventions provided it with boundless access to the school’s data?

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High Fives, 56 Times

Friday, November 18, 2011

At another school, it might have been a football rally. At Bronx Prep Charter School on Friday, it only looked like one. Seniors, many of them wearing college sweatshirts, marched out of the school one-by-one to cheers, high-fives and handshakes as they headed to the post office to send off their college applications. The school is in one of the poorest neighborhoods in the city, but every one of the school's 56 graduating seniors are applying to college, school officials said, including to institutions like Yale University, University of Pennsylvania, Amherst College, Northeastern University and Tufts University. The school calls this tradition "mail-out day." Here's hoping that every one of the students celebrates "fat-envelope day," with the arrival of packets of admissions materials to the college of their choice.

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Schoolbook

Truant Students Are Heeding Their Wake-Up Calls

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.

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City Plans to Move a School and Start a New One in East New York

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

The city's Education Department is planning to open two secondary schools next September in East New York, Brooklyn, one of the poorest and lowest performing neighborhoods in the city.

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Schoolbook

If I Don't Grade My Students' Regents Exams, Who Will?

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

The Board of Regents recently decided to ban teachers from scoring their own students’ state exams. To any outsider, this seems like a simple decision. However, it is actually a reactionary decision that will hurt a large number of students, one teacher says.

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Schoolbook

21 High Schools Identified as 'Struggling'

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

After the release of high school progress reports last week, city Education Department officials identified 21 struggling high schools that, because of their low performance, could be closed or subject to other interventions beginning next year. That brings to 47 the number of schools deemed 'struggling.'

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Students and Teachers Are Furious Over High School Scheduling Mess

Friday, October 28, 2011

Administrators met with parents and teachers at Long Island City High School on Friday to try to address frustrations over a problem that left many students with entirely new schedules, two months into the school year.

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Schoolbook

To Ban or Not to Ban Cellphones? Mixed Signals

Friday, October 28, 2011

The ban on cellphones in schools is not new, but it still inspires many opinions and hot debate. WNYC reported on the topic, and hosted a talk show segment on Thursday, and the callers and SchoolBook users are still talking. Listen to the report and join the discussion on whether the ban has run its course, and how some educators are embracing the technology in the classroom.

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