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Large Rises and Falls in Several Schools' Grades

Monday, October 01, 2012

Check out our interactive map that shows the changes in school grades. And leave your comments on the individual school pages. We want to hear what you think about the grading system, and how your own school was rated.

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Middle School Grades Reflect High School Prep

Monday, October 01, 2012

Grades are out for the elementary and middle schools. Based on last school year's data, the results were relatively steady, with 86 percent of the schools not moving up or down by more than one letter grade compared to the year before. Still, 114 schools received C's for the third year in a row, a jump from five that fell into the same category last year. In the past, schools that earned three C's in a row were at greater risk for closure.

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Judge Says City Must Reinstate Teachers at 24 Struggling Schools

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

A state judge has declined, for now, to block a ruling that allows 4,000 city teachers to go back to their jobs at 24 struggling schools. An arbitrator decided last month that the city violated the union's contract by requiring the teachers to reapply for their positions at new schools that are opening in the same buildings this fall. The city lost its request for a temporary restraining order on Tuesday but is still appealing the arbitrator's ruling, and a full court hearing is scheduled for later this month.

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City and Unions Head to Court Over 24 School Closings

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The Bloomberg administration plans to tell a state judge on Tuesday that an arbitrator exceeded his authority when he found the city must hire back thousands of teachers at 24 struggling schools. But with less than two months to go before school starts, the city's decision to appeal means uncertainty and confusion among affected teachers and administrators.

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Arbitrator Halts City’s Plan to Overhaul 24 Schools

Friday, June 29, 2012

UPDATED | An arbitrator on Friday halted a central element of the Bloomberg administration’s plans for closing and reopening 24 schools, saying its method for overhauling the staff at those institutions violated labor contracts.

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Court Denies City's Revocation of Williamsburg School's Charter

Thursday, June 28, 2012

UPDATED | In a ruling announced on Thursday, Judge Ellen M. Spodek of State Supreme Court in Brooklyn wrote that the city's decision this year to revoke Williamsburg Charter High School's charter, despite having renewed it in 2009, was "arbitrary and capricious" and "not corroborated by any policy, regulation or protocol established by the D.O.E."

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As Year Ends, Students at Williamsburg Charter High Wonder: Will We Be Back?

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

City officials announced in January that they were shutting Williamsburg Charter High School in Brooklyn, because of concerns about its management. Court proceedings have stalled the city's efforts, and with days to go until the school year ends, the freshmen, sophomores and juniors who intended to stay on at the school still have no idea whether it will be open in the fall.

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An Art Project Provides a Snapshot of a Closing School

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

An independent photographer volunteered to work at a school that is going to be closed, and in the process led to a series of portraits of students that will be displayed Wednesday night in the M.S. 571 gymnasium. Her goal was to create a project that would engage students, parents and community members in a dialogue about education and advocacy. “None of these kids chose to be in this situation,” she said about the closing school.

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Judge Rebukes City's Press to Reassign Williamsburg Charter Students

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

A hearing to determine whether the city can move ahead with plans to close Williamsburg Charter High School had nearly finished for the day when Andrew Rauchberg, the city’s lawyer, stood up and asked Judge Ellen M. Spodek if the city could start registering its students in other schools. Raising her voice, Judge Spodek told Mr. Rauchberg that the city might consider waiting until next year to revoke the school’s charter if it wanted to aid the students. “If you’re interested in what’s fair for the students, that would be fair for the students,” she said, drawing cheers from the school's supporters.

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Williamsburg Charter Argues Bias Led to Closing Decision

Monday, May 21, 2012

At a court hearing on Monday, the lawyer for Williamsburg Charter High School tried to argue that the Department of Education’s decision to close the school was biased and riddled with conflicts of interest -- contentions that the city’s lawyer dismissed as a “fantastic hypothesis of conspiracy.”

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Judge Declines to Issue Injunction on Hiring for 24 Schools

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

At the urging of a State Supreme Court judge, the Education Department and the unions representing teachers and principals will seek fast-track arbitration to decide whether the city can proceed with plans to hire new staff for 24 schools it plans to close and reopen by the fall.

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Unions Claim School Closings Violate Their Contracts

Monday, May 07, 2012

Unions representing the teachers and principals went to court to block the city from letting go of any staff members at the 24 schools it plans to close and reopen this fall. They accuse the city of violating their contractual rights to due process.

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A Final Decision for 24 City Schools

Friday, April 27, 2012

At a bit before midnight, more than three months after the idea was first proposed, the Panel for Educational Policy voted to reconstitute two dozen city schools by closing them, replacing most of their staff members and reopening them with new names. The vote was the end of a prolonged process, a day of drama and a very long, emotional night.

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Under Public Pressure, City Retreats on Cleveland and Bushwick High School Closings

Thursday, April 26, 2012

UPDATED | On the morning that a city board was scheduled to vote on the closing of 26 schools, city officials removed two of them from the list, saying that both could improve without the use of a more invasive strategy. In both cases, elected officials and other powerful advocates intervened to try to spare the school, and one of them, Merryl Tisch, said after hearing about the reprieve, "It's the first thing that's made me smile since the pineapple."

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With Panel Vote, Once-Venerable City Schools Will Close

Thursday, April 26, 2012

The names of two-dozen New York City public schools, some of them among the oldest educational institutions in the city, are likely to be erased on Thursday night when a city board votes on proposals to close the schools. Among them are Flushing High School, which lays claim to being the oldest public high school in New York City, and Richmond Hill High School, which is so overcrowded that its students have overflowed into trailers. But in a last-minute reprieve, Bushwick Community and Grover Cleveland high schools were spared.

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Decision Looms for City Schools

Thursday, April 26, 2012

UPDATED | The Panel for Educational Policy, a city board controlled by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, will vote on the recommendation to close 24 city schools (two others were given reprieves early Thursday). The schools, which Mr. Bloomberg wants to make part of a federal "turnaround" program to be eligible for nearly $60 million in federal money, will be closed at the end of this school year and reopened by fall, with up to half their staffs and, in many cases their administrations, replaced.

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Give Lehman High a Chance, a Student Says

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

On the eve of a Panel for Educational Policy vote Thursday to presumably close 26 struggling schools, a student at Herbert H. Lehman High School in the Bronx argues that doing so would undermine the improvements being made under a new principal, make it difficult to maintain programs and courses in the reconstituted school, and affect seniors who won't be able to obtain recommendations from teachers with whom they have bonded.

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Another Passionate Plea to Save Bushwick High

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

With just days until the Panel for Educational Policy meets on Thursday to vote on the closing of 26 public schools slated for "turnaround," forces are continuing to rally to save one school that many say amounts to much more than the assessment data that is now being used to judge a school's worth.

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Plea for Bushwick High: Give Last-Chance School Another Chance

Monday, April 23, 2012

The president of the principals' union makes a case to save Bushwick Community High School, a transfer high school that is slated to be closed. Ernest Logan writes: "Not one student I encountered on my recent visit could figure out how losing their principal, teachers and cherished school name was going to help them."

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Court Issues Stay on Williamsburg Charter Closing

Monday, April 23, 2012

A Brooklyn charter school won a temporary restraining order on Friday, making it the second charter school this year to successfully resist -- for the moment -- the city’s efforts to close it.

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