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Building a Village to Raise a Student

High School advisories help teachers and students forge relationships valuable to success in school, and in life.

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Dual Language Crusader Calmly Carries On

Met by waves of parental protests and controversy, Principal Iris Chiu helicoptered into the job as head of Shuang Wen intent on transforming the top performing school into a true dual language school.

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When a Wildlife Rehab Center Regulates Charter Schools: Inside the Wild World of Charter Regulation

Charter school “authorizers” are charged with making sure schools can be trusted with kids and with public money. Problem is, many lack the tools to do the job. Read more from ProPublica

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Nearly 5,000 teachers cashing in on six-figure pensions

The number of teachers and administrators raking in six-figure annual pensions in New York state nearly tripled between 2009 and 2014, according to a new report. Read more from New York Post 

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Suspension Rules Altered in New York City’s Revision of School Discipline Code

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration on Friday announced changes to the discipline code that governs New York City’s public schools, an attempt to further rein in some of the most severe punishments while also keeping schools safe. Read more from New York Time

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Uncommon Schools board aims to retain teachers and raise college graduation rates

On Feb. 6 the Uncommon Schools network’s board of directors examined graduates’ college completion rates and set out to boost teacher retention rates across the network’s schools.

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Segregation Now: Investigating America’s Racial Divide

In Tuscaloosa today, nearly one in three black students attends a school that looks as if Brown v. Board of Education never happened. Read more about how American went from de-segregation to re-segretation from ProPublica

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Connecticut Schools Pin Down and Restrain ‘Staggering’ Number of Kids

A state report found that Connecticut public schools are far too quick to restrain or isolate unruly students against their will, leaving hundred with injuries and many with unmet educational needs. Read more from ProPublica

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The Bronx factor: What Speaker Carl Heastie’s rise means for education

With the election of Carl Heastie, the power to decide what education issues to be considered and an education budget up to $8 billion are now in the hand of the Bronx legislator. But his record on education issues has been sparse and at times conflicting. More from ChalkBeat

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Is Your First Grader College Ready?

For some schools, kids as young as first graders are taught to aim and prepare for colleges as the nation takes a turn at making students “college and career ready”. More from NYT

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