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With the ‘Castle’ Under Siege, a Bold New Plan

Principal Santi Taveras has a bold plan to turn around the failing DeWitt Clinton High School. But is he too late?

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Teaching as a Second Act

Debates about how best to teach have been around as long as education. The recent development of Common Core learning standards, new changes to standardized testing (and old arguments about their relevancy), and sweeping changes in the way teachers are evaluated have commanded our attention in the latest episode of the great American education saga. […]

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Making The Grade: Mentoring Student Teachers In a “Failing” School

Is it possible to learn to be a strong teacher in a school the city says is failing? Veteran teacher Ann Neary mentors Lehman College senior Greg Castro at DeWitt Clinton High School, a struggling landmark in the Bronx.

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Charter Schools: Got Rent?

Last October, thousands of charter school parents swarmed Cadman Plaza to protest then-mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio’s open opposition to the booming charter school industry in New York City.  They chanted and marched across the Brooklyn Bridge to City Hall. Their message? “Charter schools are public schools.” Technically speaking, they’re right. The New York City […]

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Thousands of Pre-K Teachers Needed By September

Mayor de Blasio’s plan to expand pre-kindergarten services in New York will require thousands of new teachers and classroom space–all by September of this year. The NY Daily News‘ Ben Chapman takes a look at the budget demands of an ambitious attempt to turn 20,000 existing full day pre-K seats into 56,000 in just a few months–a […]

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