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For a Closing School, Mock Trial Team Successes Are Bittersweet

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The mock trial team from Grace Dodge Career & Technical High School gave it their best, but they lost to Hunter College High School in a citywide competition. It was a disappointing loss, considering the school is scheduled for phase out, and neither students nor their coach know whether the mock trial team will continue as the school shrinks every year until closing.

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Proud Homecoming for Middle School Chess Champs

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Students at Intermediate School 318 Eugenio Maria de Hostos in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, returned to their school on Tuesday as conquering heroes, having accomplished the extraordinary act of winning the national chess championship for high school students -- a feat that showed they were out of their grades, but not out of their class.

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City to Open 54 New Schools in September

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Mayor Bloomberg said Tuesday that the education department will open 54 new schools this fall, bringing his administration closer to the goal of having 1,800 New York City schools by 2013.

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State Tests Begin Tuesday, but Some Students Will Sit Them Out

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Public school students throughout the city will be sitting down on Tuesday for a series of federally mandated tests that will be influential in everything from students' promotions to teachers' tenure. A small but determined group of parents who have had their children opt out from taking the tests have been applauded by commenters as "brave" and "pioneers."

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Testing, Tutoring and Worrying Occupy City School Parents

Monday, April 16, 2012

Testing, striving and tutoring are very much in the news on this warm April day, the first back from spring break for public school students and staff. The New York Times has a report about the rise in tutoring for elementary school students, in preparation for the standardized exams, which begin this week. The results of the gifted and talented testing are in. And there is worry about graduation rates now that senior have to pass five Regents exams to earn their diplomas.

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How a Photo of Joel Klein Saved a Teacher's Job

Monday, April 09, 2012

The city wanted to fire a Washington Heights music teacher, Michael Dalton, for inappropriately holding three third-grade boys in his lap, The Times reports. But then Mr. Dalton, 48, presented a novel -- and successful -- defense: a photo of Joel I. Klein, the schools chancellor at the time, who also appeared to have children sitting in his lap. An arbitrator returned him to the classroom.

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At One-Year Mark, Walcott Sees Improvement in Education Debate's Tone

Thursday, April 05, 2012

Reflecting on his first year as chancellor of the city's schools, one marked by protests over school closings and the public release of teacher rankings, Dennis M. Walcott said that, in some ways, the tone of the citywide education debate has improved under his leadership.

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City Revokes Williamsburg High School's Charter

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

City officials announced on Tuesday that they will revoke the charter for a Williamsburg high school that opened in 2004 and has suffered from governance and financial problems.

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Union Sues City Education Department to Obtain E-mails

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

The teachers' union claims the Department of Education is violating state Freedom of Information Law by declining to release e-mails between former Chancellor Joel I. Klein, other officials and education groups. The e-mails date back to May 2010, the same year the city was blocked by the union from closing more than 20 low-performing schools.

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Quinn's Quest for 'Kindergarten for All'

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Kindergarten is not mandatory in New York City. And so anywhere from 3,000 to 6,000 children each year who meet the age qualifications don't enroll in kindergarten -- and too often those are poor or disabled children who need it most. Christine C. Quinn, the City Council speaker, is trying to change that, The Times reports.

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At Turnaround Meeting, the Big Question Was 'Why?'

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

More than 150 teachers, parents and students showed up at a hearing at Brooklyn Borough Hall Monday evening, questioning the mayor's plan to close and reopen 33 schools. Many were skeptical of the mayor's motivations. And some said the turnaround plan was unnecessary: "A lot of what they want to do with our new school is what we've been doing," said a teacher at John Dewey High School, one of the affected schools.

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Students Pay Calls to Education Panel Members, but No One Answers

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Students who are against school closings or turnarounds tried to see various members of the Panel for Educational Policy, but they were not available. The students say the panel members "rubber stamp'' the recommendations of the city's Department of Education and the mayor on which schools to close.

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City Pushes Ahead on Plan to Close, Then Reopen 33 Schools

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The New York City Education Department has set in motion its plan to restore federal grants to 33 struggling schools. On Tuesday, it released proposals to close eight of those schools, replace half of their staff, then reopen them under new names, all in a bid to bypass a required teacher evaluation system, which should have been in place by Dec. 31.

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A Call for Parents' Say Over Co-Locations

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

UPDATED | Members of the New York State Assembly and Senate, parents and education advocates called for state legislation on Tuesday to give local school advisory panels the power to veto school co-locations in their districts.

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The Case for Large High Schools

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

An advocate writes: "In its push to close comprehensive high schools in particular, and replace them with campuses of multiple, smaller, themed high schools, the Education Department is closing down the very 'choice' that helps keep many students going to school through their teenage years: the option to pursue an array of courses and after-school activities in line with their interests and abilities."

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My School Is Being Closed. Now What?

Monday, February 13, 2012

It was nearly midnight by the time a city board voted last week to close 18 schools and eliminate the middle grades at five others. And by that hour, most of the parents and students in those schools had left, tired and frustrated, and with unanswered questions. We put some of those questions to the city's Department of Education.

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A New Worry for Educators: The Income Divide

Friday, February 10, 2012

The focus of educators in recent years has been on closing racial and ethnic gaps -- and the efforts appear to have had some success. But now comes news that the achievement gap between rich and poor is widening, The New York Times reports on Friday.

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Amid Protesters’ Disruptions, City Board Votes to Close 18 Schools and Truncate 5

Friday, February 10, 2012

A city board voted to close 18 poor-performing schools and eliminate the middle school grades at five others, drawing howls of opposition from hundreds of teachers’ union members, parents and students.

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The School-Closing Vote

Thursday, February 09, 2012

UPDATED | The Panel for Educational Policy voted Thursday night to close 18 city schools and remove the middle school grades from 5 more. SchoolBook was there, providing updates throughout the evening.

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City to Vote on School Closings After Weeks of Hearings

Thursday, February 09, 2012

After weeks of hearings, many of them emotionally wrenching, the Panel for Educational Policy will decide Thursday night which schools in the city they will close -- partially or entirely -- for academic failure.

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