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Critics Warn City's School Construction Plan Comes Up Short

Friday, June 06, 2014

A new report claims Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration is on the verge of making the same mistakes made by his predecessors by not building enough school seats to keep up with demand.

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School Bathrooms on City's Punch List

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

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Education officials outlined top priorities for the next five years and they boiled down to this: seats, seats and more seats to address overcrowding. After that, nicer bathrooms and new science labs.

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Finding Ways to Make a Big School Feel Small

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

A local Corona native leads the middle school I.S. 61 with a focus on strong relationships and continuity for his students. SchoolBook interviews Joseph Lisa in our latest Principals Office.

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Religious Space for Crowded Schools: Godsend or Trouble?

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

City lawyers have been arguing for years that letting religious groups rent space in public schools for Sunday worship violates the separation of church and state and could confuse students about the schools’ secular identity. At the same time, the city has increasingly been turning to the religious establishments to rent classroom space – to relieve school overcrowding – a policy that WNYC reports is troubling people on both sides of the church-state divide.

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Private School Parents Targeted for Giving

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Parents of public school students in the city are responding to a SchoolBook survey by reporting expenses of up to thousands of dollars to support their child's school or school-related activities. But that apparently is nothing compared to what is being asked of parents of private school students.

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A New School in a Neighborhood that Rarely Sees Them

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

It wasn’t the first day of school, but it was certainly a new beginning for Hyde Leadership Charter School, in the first new education facility in Hunts Point in more than 30 years. Tuesday was the school's official opening, with speeches, tours, a ribbon-cutting and a dance performance by students.

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To Track or Not to Track: The Question Resurfaces

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

A new study raises fresh questions about a familiar issue: Are we giving top students short shrift? Yes, it is the old debate over tracking, and in light of the study's finding that top students "struggle to maintain their elite performance over the years," Room for Debate asks six experts their opinions. Surprisingly, given the ferocity and length of the educational battle, most of them favor some differentiated learning, but with caveats and twists.

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On WNYC, a Discussion About School Buildings and Crowding

Thursday, September 29, 2011

The teachers union says about 7,000 city classrooms this year have more students than the contractual limit. On top of that, many students are having to learn in aging buildings. On WNYC’s “Brian Lehrer Show,” WNYC Senior Reporter Beth Fertig discussed the issues surrounding New York's school buildings with guest host Mike Pesca. Hear the full discussion.

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New York's SAT Scores Are a Mixed Bag

Thursday, September 15, 2011

The results are mixed for New York's students on the SAT this year, while an audit gives the Department of Education bad grades for the way it collects data that helps it make decisions about school and classroom needs.

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