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How to Share Space and Still Get Along

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Four tips from real, live New York City principals about how to make the best of sharing a building with other schools.

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Schoolbook

Last Students at Phase-Out School Face Limited Choices

Thursday, May 30, 2013

One of Mayor Bloomberg’s signature policies in education was to replace large, low-performing high schools with small new schools. The schools slated to close usually phase out over time, leaving their students with a shrinking menu of course offerings and programs. Listen to this story from Columbus High School which is straining to carry its last two grades over the finish line.

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Schoolbook

Panel Approves School Closings

Monday, March 11, 2013

The Panel for Educational Policy heard from school communities who opposed the plan to shutter 24 schools. Many of the comments were directed at Mayor Bloomberg and his decade-long policy of closing failing schools.

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Schoolbook

School Closings Face Final Hurdle

Monday, March 11, 2013

The Panel for Educational Policy is certain to approve proposals to close 22 more schools at its Monday night vote. And there's reason to believe more closures will come before the end of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's term.

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Schoolbook

IBO: Phase-Out Schools Enroll More Struggling Students

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

A new report finds higher concentrations of students in poverty and special needs at the 26 schools the city has targeted for closure, but it doesn't draw any conclusions about whether the schools received enough funds to prevent them from going downhill academically.

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Teachers Union's Own Charter School Gets Scathing Report

Monday, February 25, 2013

A K-12 charter school run by the teachers' union will find out Tuesday if all or some of it can remain open. The latest review cited numerous problems including low student achievement, poor fiscal health and a few cases of corporal punishment.

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Catholic Church Closes More New York Schools

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Another two dozen Catholic schools will close by the end of the school year. Wall Street Journal reporter Lisa Fleischer says the archdiocese hopes it's the last wave of closures in the consolidation that has shuttered more than 50 Catholic schools in the last two years.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Catholic School Closings

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Lisa Fleisher, reporter for the Wall Street Journal Greater New York, talks about the Archdiocese’s plans to close another 24 schools at the end of this term.

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Schoolbook

Charters Schools Face Different Rules For Closing

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

While the city’s education department proposed to close or shrink 26 more public schools this year it’s noteworthy that there were no charters on the list. Some critics of the Bloomberg administration claim charter schools are hard to close because the mayor is so heavily invested in their success; others argue that legal obstacles and confusing criteria create a double standard when it comes to closing low-performing charter schools.

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More Schools Proposed for Closing Brings Total to 26

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

The Department of Education named seven more schools it will seek to close when the Panel for Educational Policy meets in March. That leaves 32 schools still open for business that were under scrutiny. The D.O.E. said it would consider a range of "interventions" to help these struggling schools improve.

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DOE Seeks to Phase Out 17 Schools in First Wave of Proposed Closures

Monday, January 07, 2013

The first list is out for this year's proposed school closings. It includes six schools in Brooklyn, five in the Bronx, four in Manhattan and two in Queens. Of the 17 schools proposed for phase out or closure, six received grades of F, nine received a D, and two received their third C grade in a row.

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D.O.E. Wraps Up Early Engagement Process

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Schools on the city's "early engagement" list have finished up their meetings with education officials. They now wait to see which schools the Education Department will propose for phase-out. SchoolBook spent time at the Juan Morel Campos Secondary School which is facing possible closure for the second year in a row.

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Scores Rise Slightly on High School Progress Reports

Monday, November 26, 2012

More city high schools got A's and B's on their annual report cards, and fewer got failing grades. These progress reports looked at student performance and school environment but this year they also looked at how well each school prepared its students for college and career, based on the courses they took and their test scores.

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Schoolbook

More Than 100 Schools Remain Closed Monday

Friday, November 02, 2012

School officials are scrambling to re-route buses and get the word out to parents about the start of school Monday. While most students will return to the classroom on Monday, about 100 schools will not open, including schools in eight buildings that are serving as emergency shelters for people displaced by Sandy.

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Educators Re-Group at Schools Across City

Friday, November 02, 2012

Teachers, principals and school support staff mostly went back to work Friday, sharing their own Sandy stories and figuring out how and where to teach their students come Monday.

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Schoolbook

DOE Presses Ahead With School Openings

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott said the Department of Education will be working all weekend to repair school buildings and communicate with school staff at those schools too damaged to re-open on Monday. He also said the specialized high school and SAT tests scheduled for this weekend have been postponed for two weeks.

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Schoolbook

Sandy Shutters Schools For Third Day In a Row

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Public schools - and most private ones too - remain closed Wednesday as New York City cleans up from the flooding and storm damage wrought by Hurricane Sandy.

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Schoolbook

Schools to Stay Closed Tuesday Due To Sandy

Monday, October 29, 2012

Schools will be closed for a second day on Tuesday as the city weathers the storm of Hurricane Sandy. For the latest news, check out the city's website nyc.gov as well as wnyc.org. Stay in touch @SchoolBook.

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Schoolbook

School Grades Are In

Thursday, October 11, 2012

The 2012 school grades are now on our pages for all elementary and middle schools. The updated information is one of many data points on SchoolBook to help you compare and evaluate schools. Check it out.

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36 Middle, Elementary Schools Put On Notice

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

The Department of Education is starting conversations with three dozen schools identified as struggling. This "early engagement" process helps determine which schools are proposed for closure.

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