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.
Parents shut out of their prekindergarten of choice will have a second chance to apply, starting Monday, when 2,000 or so available seats will become open for bids. The schools that still have open seats can be found online in a list published by the city. Parents are urged to apply at the schools of their choice.
Nearly 70 percent of some 10,000 students statewide told legislators they were victims of cyberbullying or knew someone who had been attacked on the Web. A legislator sees this as support for his bill to make cyberbullying a separate crime.
Because of baby sitter/husband communication bobbles, our undecorated flags were apparently sitting on the kitchen table rather than ready for posting outside my twins' prekindergarten classroom. No problem, the teachers said, bring them Monday. But I did have a problem: What is our culture, and how could we possibly depict it on a flag?
Being able to sit at a desk in kindergarten can be just as important as learning the A B C’s. The curriculum of one popular pre-K program, Tools of the Mind, that tries to enforce those kinds of skills in young children is finally being studied by researchers at New York University, who are trying to determine whether it really does make a difference.
It is a day of audits and reports from two elected officials who have been critical of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s education policies, and are both considering a run for mayor: Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and Comptroller John C. Liu.