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Fit Kids: All Work and No Play for the City’s Youngest Students

Physical education often gets pushed to the side, especially especially in the city’s elementary schools, where children are lucky to have gym once a week.

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Middle school boys vault over park benches during parkour enrichment class.

Fit Kids: Working Out with Parkour at a Brooklyn Charter

Parkour, a young and trendy fitness discipline, is brought to the classroom at Williamsburg Collegiate Charter School.

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Union Wins $38 Million Settlement with Special Education Staff

The city’s tangled data entry system cost teachers hours of mind-numbing number punching

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Interview with the Author: Nicholas Lemann

An interview with Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism Dean Nicholas Lemann about the work he did before he became dean: journalist, editor, and most specifically, author of “The Big Test: The Secret History of the Meritocracy,” published in 2000.

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The Big Test: The Secret History of the Meritocracy

The story of the Scholastic Aptitude Test, or the SAT, is the story of a few influential thinkers who determined the fates of several generations of Americans without the need for elections or laws. Author Nicholas Lemann, current national correspondent for the New Yorker and outgoing dean of Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, tells that story.

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Poor Students Face Uphill Battle In College

The fates of three high achieving but low-income minority high school graduates in Galeveston, Tex., are mapped out, in a multimedia package by the New York Times. The three young women represent poor Americans who earn Bachelor’s degrees at a much lower rate than their prosperous counterparts. Debt, inexperience with the financial aid system, family […]

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Chicago To Close 54 Public Schools

The largest single group of campus closings in recent memory was announced by Chicago Public Schools officials yesterday, the New York Times reports. Officials estimate savings of up to $560 million over 10 years by reducing investment in the closed buildings, but critics say school closings disproportionally affect minorities and the poor. Chicago is the third-largest […]

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New York Approves War Depiction In Third Grade Textbooks

Books depicting war in the Middle East and Afghanistan have been approved as part of recommended English curricula for state third to fifth graders, the New York Post reports. While some educators question when children should be exposed to adult themes, education officials emphasized that principals have final say over what books enter classrooms.

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Research Suggests Elementary School Teachers Feel Fine Grouping Kids By Ability

Despite decades of criticism for tracking and ability grouping, the practices are thriving, reports USA Today, citing research from the Brookings Institution’s Brown Center on American Education. According to findings, between 1998 and 2009, the percentage of fourth-grade teachers using ability-based reading groups increased from 28 percent to 71 percent. Several factors have contributed to […]

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In the Bronx, Nine Schools in One Building Demonstrate Mixed Results

Adlai E. Stevenson High School in the Bronx was one of the most dangerous and underperforming in the city, the New York Times reports, but since it was closed by the Bloomberg administration and nine specialized schools opened in its former building, safety and graduation rates have improved. Still, success varies from floor to floor.

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