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A Struggling School Gets a Lift From a Visiting Professor

Monday, December 05, 2011

Prof. Cornel West, the celebrated academic and activist, made a star turn at a Harlem school that may possibly be closed. Although his appearance was planned long before the school received the bad news, Dr. West said he would do anything he could to help save the school from shutting its doors.

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Schoolbook

Protesters Give Education Department an F for Failure

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

UPDATED: Holding up an oversize report card on the steps of the Tweed Courthouse on Chambers Street, parents and elected officials gave an F to the city's Department of Education in a protest to prevent the closing of several schools.

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Schoolbook

Cypress Hills Students Say: 'Give Us Time'

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Cypress Hills College Prep is one of four small schools inside the campus of Franklin K. Lane, a large failing high that is being phased out gradually by the city. But the prep school created under the Bloomberg administration is now on a list of struggling schools the city may opt to phase out starting next fall.

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Schoolbook

Growing Long Island Cheating Scandal Now Includes ACT

Thursday, November 10, 2011

That cheating scandal on Long Island is now believed to involve as many as 35 students in five high schools, the Nassau County district attorney's office reports. And the cheating accusations do not surround only the SAT, but also the increasingly popular ACT exam.

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Schoolbook

Supporters of P.S. 161 Ask for More Time

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Parents, students and teachers demonstrated in support of Public School 161 in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, which is in danger of being closed by the Department of Education. The school's supporters said they had a plan and just needed time to improve.

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Schoolbook

Brownsville Parents Ask Chancellor to Spare Their Schools From Closing

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

At a town hall meeting in Brownsville, Brooklyn, Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott heard from angry parents and teachers who worry that three schools in their district could be closed for poor performance. They urged him to instead put more resources into the schools, and said a recent shooting in the neighborhood was a reminder that their community is in crisis.

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Schoolbook

Fall Forecast: More Protests at Struggling Schools

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

If advocates fulfill their plans, this will be the season of protests, especially at schools that are among those on the city's list of 20 struggling schools targeted for possible closing if the city feels other measures will not improve their performance.

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Schoolbook

A Mobile Game Puts New York City Teachers in Hero's Tights

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Faster than a student sprinting to class. Able to leap tall budget hurdles in a single bound. It's a bird, it's a plane, it's a city teacher superhero! Available at a mobile device near you.

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WNYC News

Assembly and Senate Offer Own Budget Resolutions

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

With New York's budget deadline less than three weeks away, the state Senate and Assembly each approved their own budget resolutions Tuesday, setting the stage for the next round of negotiations.

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WNYC News

Panel Votes to Close 10 Schools Following Raucous Hearing

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

A panel controlled by mayoral appointees voted to close 10 low-performing schools Tuesday night following a raucous public hearing that pushed beyond midnight. What should happen to struggling schools? Take our poll.

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WNYC News

Department of Education Names More School Closures

Monday, December 06, 2010

This week, the Department of Education has named 26 schools it says should be phased out by next fall, including the Kappa II school, which it says should be closed by the end of this school year. Jamaica High School, Columbus High School and Paul Robeson High School, which were among the 19 schools the city tried to close last year before a court found there wasn't enough community notification for closures.

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WNYC News

Swine Flu Spreads, More Schools Close

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

The front steps of I.S. 238, the Susan B. Anthony Middle School, after one of the school's assistant principals, Mitchell Wiener, 55, died of complications related to the H1N1 swine flu virus over the weekend, the city's first fatality related to the outbreak, and the nation's sixth. (Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

The front steps of I.S. 238, the Susan B. Anthony Middle School, after one of the school\'s assistant principals, Mitchell Wiener, 55, died of complications related to the H1N1 swine flu virus over the weekend, the city\'s first fatality related to the outbreak, and the nation\'s sixth. (Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

Twenty-six schools in New York City have been shut down because of swine flu concerns. For the latest information on how swine flu is affecting New York City's public schools, you can visit the Department of Education web site and a list of schools is provided at the end of this post.

New York health officials are looking into the death of a 16-month-old toddler who was taken to a Queens hospital with flu-like symptoms. Elmhurst Hospital Center said the little boy had a high fever when he was brought in last night.

On Sunday, a public school assistant principal, Mitchell Wiener, became the city's first swine flu death. Hospital and city officials say complications other than the virus probably played a part in Wiener's death. But his family has said he suffered only from gout, a joint disease.

The city is increasingly encouraging people in certain health categories to get medical help – and even go to the hospital -- if they think they have swine flu. For weeks, Mayor Bloomberg and health officials discouraged most people from heading to emergency rooms. But following the flu death of Wiener and the possible flu death of the 16-month old, Bloomberg says people shouldn’t be shy about getting help.

'If you have an underlying medical condition, such as asthma or diabetes, and you have a fever with either a cough or sore throat, see your doctor immediately for medical treatment.'

Health officials say they are assembling a statewide system for tracking sick students amid the H1N1, or swine flu, outbreak. This follows concerns raised by Governor Paterson who's worried about the lack of a centralized system that could help detect flu cases earlier.
Mayor Bloomberg announced his selection of Dr. Thomas A. Farley – a pediatrician, epidemiologist, and expert in public health policy – as the city’s new head of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Mayor Bloomberg announced his selection of Dr. Thomas A. Farley – a pediatrician, epidemiologist, and expert in public health policy – as the city’s new head of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

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