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Undocumented Queens High School Kids Work Factory Jobs to Pay the Bills

Central American immigrant teenagers in Queens work overnight at under-the-table factory jobs to help families pay their bills and debts. Somehow the students make it to school the next morning.

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Emily Zhang

Age: 14 Middle School: NYC Lab Middle School High School: Stuyvesant High School A typical student in a specialized high school is probably a lot like Emily Zhang —  an incoming freshman who took test preparation classes and went to an excellent middle school. Bright, dedicated and soft-spoken, Emily has wanted to attend Stuyvesant High […]

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Valerie Cruz

Valerie Cruz Age: 15 Neighborhood: Far Rockaway High School: Queens High School for Information, Research and Technology On New Year’s Eve in Times Square, Valerie Cruz clutched a cup of hot cocoa and a slice of pizza, waiting in the freezing cold with the crowds for the crystal ball to begin its descent.  The 15-year-old […]

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Researchers: “Geeky” Stereotype Deters Girls from STEM Classes

Researchers from the University of Washington believe there are two social factors that are keeping girls away from computer science classes. The first is the perception of who belongs in the field, namely, “geeky” boys, and the second, who has the ability to succeed in the field. We showed pictures of two computer-science classrooms to […]

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White House: $100 Million Grant for Tuition-Free Community College

Community colleges will get a boost from the White House in the form of a $100 million grant to expand workforce training programs. In the administration’s latest initiative, grants will be awarded through the Labor Department to partnerships between employers, training programs, and community and technical colleges aimed at readying students for skilled occupations. Award recipients must […]

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With Suspension Rates Down, Discipline May be Down Too

A new approach to school discipline advocated by the de Blasio administration has seen suspension rates drop throughout the city. But some teachers say the success is masking ongoing discipline problems. The number of students given out-of-school suspensions plummeted from 382 in 2011 to just 28 in 2014, according to state records. A new behavior […]

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A Tale of Two Fundraisers

The city’s inequality gap was on display this week at two public high school fundraisers. Stuyvesant High School parents intended to raise $80,000; students and teachers at Queens High School for Research, Information and Technology were hoping for $2,000.

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Children Fleeing Central America find Safe Haven in a Queens High School

The Queens High School for Information, Research and Technology, a small, struggling school in Far Rockaway, took in a large percentage of the more than 700 Central American refugee children who flooded into the U.S. in the last two years.

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Book Review: Success Across the Hudson

A once vital industrial hub in New Jersey remakes its school system by building on its strengths, emphasizing “the ensemble, not the prima donna.”

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Dept. of Education Announces New Anti-Fraud Squad

After allegations of misuse of student funds at Marinello Schools of Beauty, the U.S. Department of Education is creating a new unit to investigate similarly fraudulent spending at colleges. The Department of Education already investigates colleges for fraudulent activity and has the ability to remove the school’s eligibility to receive financial aid. However, the new unit […]

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