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City: Nearly Half of NYC Students In Overcrowded Schools

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

New York City Council members claim overcrowding in the public schools is a result of bad math: available space is overcounted, projected student demand is undercounted. Go figure.
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Success Charter Schools Secure More City Space

Thursday, December 18, 2014

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Mayor de Blasio's administration avoided another feud with charter school leader Eva Moskowitz by agreeing to site more of her schools inside city public schools.
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Parents Urge Mayor to Honor Pledge Against Co-Locations

Friday, November 14, 2014

New York City parent leaders are urging Mayor de Blasio to stick to his word and prevent any more schools from having to share space in the same building.
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NYC Schools Wrestle with 'Bad Math' on Trailer Count

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The city's Department of Education is vowing to remove hundreds of trailers from its public schools within the next five years. But critics are dubious, in part because the city doesn't even know how many students are using those trailers.

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Here's a Riddle: How Many Students Can Fit into a NYC School Building?

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

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If critics have their way, a new task force will expose and reform problems with how the Education Department defines school capacity.

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Task Force Tackles Queens Overcrowding

Friday, April 26, 2013

Unhappy with the persistent overcrowding at two school districts in Queens, local leaders have convened a panel to propose solutions, such as taking a closer look at co-locations and district re-zoning.

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Queens Families Dismayed Over Local G&T Overhaul

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

The Department of Education said it must restructure a popular middle school program for gifted students in Queens, in order to make room for more general education students down the road. The decision has infuriated many parents of both general education and G&T; students, who say that the D.O.E. ignored their wishes and made changes to a program that no one asked for.

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How We Devised a Pro-Diversity Admissions Rule in a Changing Neighborhood

Thursday, January 10, 2013

An inside player who helped negotiate an unusual admissions policy at an elementary school in fast-changing Sunset Park, Brooklyn lifts the curtain on the process behind the policy that will set aside more than a third of the Kindergarten seats for poor and immigrant students.

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SCA to Build Annex for Crowded Queens School

Friday, January 04, 2013

One elementary school in crowded District 30 is getting more seats soon. The School Construction Authority announced plans to build an annex slated to open in 2016.

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Finding Ways to Make a Big School Feel Small

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

A local Corona native leads the middle school I.S. 61 with a focus on strong relationships and continuity for his students. SchoolBook interviews Joseph Lisa in our latest Principals Office.

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School Rezoning Plan Strikes Personal Chord

Friday, October 26, 2012

A parent argues against the city's proposal to re-draw the lines for elementary schools in Park Slope, Brooklyn. She says it causes more problems than it solves.

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District 2 Parents Mull Latest Rezoning Plans

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The Education Department has presented plans to rezone parts of District 2, covering Midtown East, Greenwich Village and Chelsea. Families and local residents can weigh in on the proposals later this month, ahead of the Community Education Council vote.

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Union: Special Ed Reforms Worsen Overcrowding

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

According to the annual survey of class size conducted by the teachers' union, there were 670 schools with overcrowded general education classes in the city in the first weeks of school, up from 660 last year. The number of overcrowded special education classes more than doubled.

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City Breaks Ground on New Beacon High School Facility

Monday, August 13, 2012

Beacon High School is getting a brand new facility on West 44th Street in Manhattan. When construction is done, the screened school will have a cafeteria, a gym, and technology and arts labs. There also will be space for the popular school to accept about 300 more students.

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Religious Space for Crowded Schools: Godsend or Trouble?

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

City lawyers have been arguing for years that letting religious groups rent space in public schools for Sunday worship violates the separation of church and state and could confuse students about the schools’ secular identity. At the same time, the city has increasingly been turning to the religious establishments to rent classroom space – to relieve school overcrowding – a policy that WNYC reports is troubling people on both sides of the church-state divide.

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City Will Add Seats to Schools, but Still Fall Short of Demand

Monday, March 26, 2012

New York City's Education Department says it plans to add a total of 34,000 seats for students over a five-year period. But the number lags behind an estimated 50,000 seats needed to meet demand.

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Queens School Faces Heavy Demand on Eve of Kindergarten Deadline

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

For thousands of New York City parents preparing to send their children to kindergarten this fall, application season can be a time of stress because some crowded public schools can’t guarantee a seat. One elementary school in the Queens neighborhood of Ridgewood is among those feeling the squeeze.

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State Is Investigating Pearson Foundation Trips

Thursday, December 22, 2011

In the news on Thursday, the state attorney general, Eric T. Schneiderman, is investigating whether the Pearson Foundation, the nonprofit arm of Pearson Education, acted improperly to influence New York State officials to obtain lucrative state contracts when it paid for trips and other perks.

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City Rejects Pleas to Expedite New School in Murray Hill

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

UPDATED | One of the many overcrowding battles in Manhattan came to an unhappy conclusion for a group of Murray Hill parents after city officials rejected their proposals to open a new school a year ahead of schedule.

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Union Claims Nearly a Million Students Hit by Budget Cuts

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

City teachers are reporting more crowded classrooms, fewer textbooks and even a lack of furniture in a survey of union representatives across the five boroughs. The union released the results of an email survey to its representatives across the system, and said class sizes are more crowded than at any time since the 1970s.

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