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Bond Act Passage Translates to More Seats in NYC Schools

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

New York City is getting a windfall from the 'smart schools' bond act, to the tune of about $780 million to be spent mostly on making more space in overcrowded schools. 
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Opinion: Time to Tackle Class Size

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Longtime advocates for smaller class sizes say now is the ideal time for the city to live up to its 2007 commitment to bring down the number of children in every grade level.

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SCA to Build Annex for Crowded Queens School

Friday, January 04, 2013

One elementary school in crowded District 30 is getting more seats soon. The School Construction Authority announced plans to build an annex slated to open in 2016.

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Magnet and Charter Schools Jostle Over Space

Monday, June 11, 2012

A plan to put 150 fifth graders from Harlem Success Academy 2 and 3 into the building that houses P.S. 208 has pitted supporters of the magnet school against advocates of the charter school, two Columbia journalism students report.

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Teachers' Morale Reaches 20-Year Low

Thursday, March 08, 2012

The outpouring of reaction to the release of the teacher data reports, as well as the stream of recent articles in blogs and other publications, has provided a pretty good sense of how many teachers in New York are feeling these days: disappointed, angry, depressed, put-upon and fed up. Now comes a new survey that shows those feelings are not just held by teachers in New York -- nor by an outspoken few.

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Kindergarten Application Season Starts in City Schools

Monday, January 09, 2012

Kindergarten admissions for public schools start this week, as parents begin touring elementary schools. Several districts have had to put children on wait lists in recent years because of demographic changes. Parents of kindergarteners can also expect a more demanding curriculum for their children that is being introduced by the city.

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If Teaching Improves, Bloomberg Says Large Classes Are Fine by Him

Friday, December 02, 2011

UPDATED | In a talk at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology this week, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said he would choose higher quality teachers over smaller class sizes: “If I had the ability, which nobody does really, to just design a system and say, ex cathedra, 'this is what we’re going to do,’ you would cut the number of teachers in half, but you would double the compensation of them, and you would weed out all the bad ones and just have good teachers. And double the class size with a better teacher is a good deal for the students."

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Crowding Concerns Raised Over Cobble Hill Charter School

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

A hearing on the city's plan to open a charter school in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, lasted nearly five hours, as parents and teachers argued over whether the charter would be a boon for the neighborhood or would harm existing schools.

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City Abandons Rezoning Plans for Village and Chelsea

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

UPDATED | City officials have dropped their plans to rezone crowded public elementary schools in Greenwich Village and Chelsea after a parent council voted down their most recent plan. Instead, officials will focus on zoning in Lower Manhattan, and they plan to present a third version of a zoning plan for the new Peck Slip School.

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Suggestion to Tweed Officials: Move Out

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

A state senator has a suggestion for creating more classroom space in Lower Manhattan, which by all accounts will continue to need it desperately: move the adults out of the Tweed Courthouse and convert the entire building into an elementary school.

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More Seats for Lower Manhattan, But Not Right Away

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Nearly 200 seats will be added to an elementary school planned for Lower Manhattan, city Education Department officials announced on Tuesday, but that additional space in a neighborhood that sorely needs it will not become available until 2015.

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Rezoning Will Not End Crowding Issues, District 2 Council Members Say

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Members of District 2’s Community Education Council indicated last night that they were not satisfied with the city's rezoning proposal for the sprawling Manhattan district, saying the plan would not accomplish what it sets out to do.

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Smaller Schools Show Mixed Results in City Progress Reports

Thursday, October 27, 2011

More scrutiny of the city's high school progress reports found that the small high schools created since Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg took over control of the schools did a better job of graduating students, but a poorer job of preparing them for college.

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Crowding Persists, New Education Dept. Data Show

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

UPDATED | New York City public schools were, over all, slightly more crowded last year than the year before. But those overall figures are not really meaningful to the thousands of students who attend schools that are way over capacity. Here is a breakdown of the data by district; borough and school type, and the 100 schools that have the highest rates of utilization.

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At Crowded High Schools, Students Learn to Cope. And Some Even Like It.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Students at Herbert H. Lehman High School in the Bronx and at Benjamin N. Cardozo High School in Queens, both overcrowded schools, said they had to get to class early to make sure they found a seat; hallways were so packed that it was sometimes difficult to get to class on time; and physical education classes could be large. In interviews outside of their schools on Thursday, here is what the students said life was like in their schools — both the good and the bad.

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Union Claims Highest Number of Oversize Classes in Decade

Thursday, September 22, 2011

The number of overcrowded classes in New York City is the largest it has been in 10 years, teachers' union officials said. Because of attrition, budget cuts and increased enrollment in some areas of the city, nearly 7,000 classes were over their contractual limits on the sixth day of school, the United Federation of Teachers said. The Department of Education said there has been a modest rise in the number of crowded classrooms, but provided no numbers.

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Former New York Officials' Trip Paid by Pearson

Thursday, September 22, 2011

The former state education commissioner, David M. Steiner, was among the officials from various states whose trips were paid for by the Pearson Foundation, the nonprofit wing of the testing company. The news also included a scary bus incident in the Bronx and an expanding international teacher recruitment organization.

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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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Audit: Is Data Faulty that Determines School Space Needs?

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

An audit by Comptroller John C. Liu found mistakes in the city's so-called Blue Book, which is used to help calculate school and classroom space needs -- like classrooms measured at half their actual size and rooms used as classrooms that were not counted as such. In some cases, the mistakes led to an overestimation of a school’s occupancy, while in others, they made schools appear less crowded than they are. The Department of Education said the errors are not significant.

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Why Are Principals Leaving the City Schools?

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

In the last five years, 35 percent of principals left their city school or were removed, The New York Post reports. And the House of Representatives votes in support of more charter schools.

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