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Leading the Way to School Discipline Without Suspensions

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

One principal approaches discipline with a combination of structure and flexibility. It's helped turn a violent, failing school in Queens into a neighborhood model.
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The Brian Lehrer Show

School Discipline and Crime

Monday, June 03, 2013

Judith Kaye, former chief judge of the State of New York, discusses the findings of the blue-ribbon task force on education and justice in New York City's public schools.

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WNYC News

What Kids Want from Obama's Next Four Years

Monday, January 21, 2013

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Child advocates interviewed the nation’s children about what they want out of President Obama’s second term. The groups have compiled a video of the responses, and want President Obama to watch it.

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Schoolbook

Is a Teacher Evaluation System Deal Close?

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Local TV reporters were already camped out outside the governor's office on Thursday, the deadline for a deal over a new state teacher evaluation system. The state's talks with New York State United Teachers were said to be progressing, but the city's separate talks with the United Federation of Teachers have been reported to be "toxic."

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Attack Over a Basketball Game at Erasmus

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

A dispute over a lunchtime basketball game on the Brooklyn campus sent an angry student scurrying to find a weapon. The authorities said he grabbed a scissors and then stabbed Alfredo Allen in the head several times.

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Students and Staff Say Washington Irving Was Set Up to Fail

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

UPDATED | In what has become a common refrain in the closing schools debate, students, teachers and parents at Washington Irving High in Manhattan blamed the city for sending them some of the toughest students and looking away as the school staggered under their weight. But Marc Sternberg, the deputy chancellor for portfolio planning, responds: "Our obligation is to our students, and we are not going to set them up for failure by pretending a school will suddenly make progress after years of failing its kids."

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Communication Tools That Can Lead to Trouble

Monday, December 19, 2011

The Times reports that many educators, school boards and districts -- including the city's Department of Education -- are struggling to find a balance to protect students from inappropriate behavior by the grown-ups in their lives using Facebook, Twitter and texting, while also allowing teachers enough freedom to take advantage of the social media tools that, after all, are how children communicate nowadays.

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Students, Principal Pepper-Sprayed in the Bronx

Monday, December 05, 2011

UPDATED | A student at a Bronx public high school pepper-sprayed at least 14 people, including students and the principal, in the cafeteria and hallway Monday afternoon, the authorities said.

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Principals' Rebellion Against Evaluations Grows

Monday, November 28, 2011

The suburbs are the breeding ground for a growing rebellion by New York principals against the new system of evaluating teachers. The principals do not object only to the use of student test results as a significant portion of teacher evaluations, the fulfillment of a pledge the state made to acquire $700 million in federal Race to the Top grants. They also object to the willy-nilly way that they say the evaluation system is being devised.

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Finding Patterns in School Suspension Figures

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

The discipline statistics released by the city's Department of Education are fascinating, and factual nuggets were unearthed in the variety of news reports about them, including the breakdown of suspensions of minority and special education children, some cases of kindergarten suspensions and some schools that showed unusual patterns.

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Schedule Chaos at Long Island City High School

Friday, October 28, 2011

Two months into the school year, and students at Long Island City High School are saying it is just like the first day of school again: all of their schedules have been changed, NY1 reports.

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Math Do-Over for State Officials on School Safety

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Did state education officials' failure to read all the tabs on an Excel spreadsheet lead to the low count of violent episodes in New York City schools? State officials concede that they listed 20,000 fewer cases than had been reported to them, and say they are now recalculating the total, as well as revising the list of "persistently dangerous schools."

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State to Revise Its List of 'Dangerous Schools'

Monday, October 10, 2011

The state Education Department left 20,000 violent incidents in city schools undocumented -- likely part of the reason that only 9 of the 19 "most dangerous schools" were from New York City. Now officials are revising their list of the most crime-plagued schools.

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Digital Learning Claims Don't Always Match Results

Monday, October 10, 2011

Trying to find the digital solution that will help students pick up math and reading as quickly as they do the latest online game, districts and schools are spending $2.2 billion a year on educational software. But does all that money add up to higher scores on standardized tests for students? Not as often as the manufacturers say it does.

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Breaking Up Fight, School Officer Hits Students with Mace

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Nine students at Millenium Art Academy in the Bronx were hit with mace when a school safety officer used it to try to break up a fight. The nine were bystanders, the police said.

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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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Student Stabbed at Long Island City High School

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

A 16-year-old student was stabbed by another student at Long Island City High School today, the Department of Education has confirmed. Four arrests were made.

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At a 'Restart' School, It Starts With Long Lines

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Sheepshead Bay High School was in the news this year because it was one of 22 schools spared from closure on the condition administrators bring in a private education-management organization to address problems of persistent violence and low scores on the city's progress reports. Being a "restart" school also means up to $2 million a year, so the school is hiring teachers rather than letting them go; impatiens and petunias helped make it seem welcoming on Day One.

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