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Cobble Hill Parents Sue to Block Success Academy 3

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Eva Moskowitz and her Success Academy charter schools are in the news on Thursday, again as the target of a lawsuit to try to stop her from establishing a new school, this time in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn.

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Tips to Help With the Kindergarten Search

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

The Brian Lehrer Show reviews the admissions process for families looking at kindergartens, and previews Thursday's vote on the latest round of school closings. Take a listen to the conversation.

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In Last-Minute Reprieve, 2 Failing Schools Are Spared

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

After three exhaustive weeks of public hearings and protests, the Department of Education has reversed course on two of the 25 schools it had proposed to close or shrink. Wadleigh Secondary School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Harlem, will retain its middle grades. Knowledge and Power Preparatory Academy VII in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, will be spared from closing. The vote on the closings is Thursday.

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On Staten Island, Little Doubt About a School Closing Vote

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Members of the education community on Staten Island said they don’t need to hear from Borough President James P. Molinaro or his representative to the Panel for Educational Policy to predict what will happen on Thursday, when the panel will vote on the first school closing on Staten Island since mayoral control of the schools. “The parents might be disadvantaged economically, but they're not stupid,” said a former Staten Island representative to the panel.

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A Small School Thrives Within a Large One Full of Challenges

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

In the decade since Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg took office, New York City has opened about 500 new public schools, partly as a result of the city's determination to break up failing schools and replace them with small schools. As the city prepares for a vote this week to close or shrink 25 more struggling schools, WNYC looks at one small school within a larger school and examines how they are meeting their students' needs.

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For Legacy High School Students, a Lesson in Activism Hits Home

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Keyla Marte and other students participating in an after-school program to learn about ways to improve the community took on the effort to save the Legacy School for Integrated Studies in Manhattan, scheduled to be closed by the city. The students used social media and campaign-style strategies to get their message out and to rally support.

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Will Giants Fever Strike at City Schools?

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

The parade and tribute to the Giants' Super Bowl victory is likely to draw thousands of students -- and maybe a few teachers? -- to the celebration in Lower Manhattan, and though every day of school is important, it will be difficult for many to resist.

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Wadleigh's Principal Leaving As City Plans Elimination of Middle Grades

Friday, February 03, 2012

The principal of a troubled secondary school in Manhattan has announced she will leave the school a day after the Panel for Educational Policy is scheduled to vote to phase out its middle grades.

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Will New York's Large High Schools Survive?

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Can you blame them? After last week's study showing that student achievement is higher in the city's new, small high schools -- and city officials reiterated their commitment to a policy of creating more of the smaller schools -- some of the principals and staff members of some of the city's largest high schools are feeling a bit worried these days, The New York Times reports.

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Report Captures Closing Schools' Final Year

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

A report released by the city's Department of Education on Wednesday sheds some light on what happens to students who remain once a failing school begins the process of closing down. Four city high schools shut their doors last summer, graduating an average of 58 percent of the students who remained until the final days, according to the department's report.

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Mayoral Hopefuls Protest School Closings

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

A week before the city's Panel for Educational Policy is scheduled to vote on plans to shrink or phase-out 25 more struggling schools, four potential mayoral contenders joined opponents of the mayor's school reform policies at a news event on the steps of City Hall.

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On City Hall Steps, Harsh Words for Bloomberg

Friday, January 27, 2012

During a week in which the Bloomberg administration has embraced an independent, landmark study that linked its hallmark policy of small schools to increased student success, a group of parents and elected officials took to the steps of City Hall on Friday to denounce the administration’s education agenda, particularly its decisions to close or phase out city schools and its policies to address low college preparedness rates for minority students.

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A Score Card for Changing Schools

Friday, January 27, 2012

Some 62 low-performing public schools in the city have been designated to be closed or otherwise overhauled. Some will be phased out and gradually replaced by new schools, others will be shut at the end of this school year and reopened with a radical change in its staffing in the fall, and four will be left alone on their current improvement paths. Here is an explanation of which schools are affected, and how.

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Where Was the Help?, Wadleigh Supporters Ask Education Official

Thursday, January 26, 2012

A crowd of about 200 community leaders, elected officials and NAACP members turned out Thursday night to oppose the city's plan to phase out the middle grades of Wadleigh Secondary School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Harlem. They had tough questions -- and tough words -- for Deputy Chancellor Shael Polakow-Suransky.

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A Staten Island School Blames Its Problems on Location

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The announcements came year after year: Eight schools to shut down in Manhattan. Ten in the Bronx. Six in Brooklyn. Two in Queens. None on Staten Island. It was hard for Staten Islanders not to develop a degree of superiority when it came to school closings. But now a Staten Island school, P.S. 14, is on the list of 19 city schools to be closed. Some see it as a political decision to close a Staten Island school. And many say the school is facing daunting challenges in the poverty-related problems of its students.

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Students at Manhattan Theatre Lab Vow to Fight School Closing

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

For many students at Manhattan Theatre Lab, the closing of their school is a personal affront. They defend the school, saying it is more than a set of numbers, and are mobilizing to present their best defense of the school at Tuesday's school closing hearing.

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New Teachers Union Ad Takes Aim at Bloomberg

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

A solemn, 30-second political-style television advertisement by the United Federation of Teachers will start running on Tuesday, saying that Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg "still doesn't get it," and accusing him of playing politics with the city's schools.

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Closing Peninsula Prep Leaves Inferior Options

Friday, January 20, 2012

A parent leader at Peninsula Preparatory Academy, which is slated to be closed, writes: '95 percent of Peninsula Prep's students find themselves being directed by the city Department of Education to zoned public schools that Peninsula Prep outperformed.'

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Teachers Turn Out in Force at PEP Meeting

Thursday, January 19, 2012

As threatened, teachers and teachers' union staff members packed the auditorium of the Brooklyn Technical High School on Wednesday night for the meeting of the Panel for Educational Policy. Carrying signs, blowing whistles and booing loudly, they at times drowned out panel members, as well as parents and teachers trying to address the room during the public comment period. Then they marched out.

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Cuomo Puts Money Where His Mouth Is

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

As expected, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo released his proposed state budget on Tuesday, and over all it contained good news for public education: a 4 percent across-the-state increase in aid for schools. There's a catch: only districts that approve teacher evaluation systems will be eligible for the aid. “The equation is simple at the end of the day,” Mr. Cuomo said. “No evaluation, no money. Period.”

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