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Ali Ruiz

Age: 17 Neighborhood: Bay Ridge, Brooklyn Middle School: MS 51 William Alexander in Park Slope Current School: Started Brooklyn Tech in 2012. Applied in 2011 Most New York City students today would be elated to open a high school letter of acceptance into Brooklyn Tech, one of the city’s nine exclusive, specialized high schools. But when Ali […]

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Ethan Moskowitz

Age: 13 Neighborhood: Park Slope, Brooklyn Middle School: Park Slope Collegiate High School: Park Slope Collegiate (first and only choice) It was September 2013, the first day of sixth grade at Park Slope Collegiate. Shuffling through the hallway with his new classmates, Ethan Moskowitz remembers nervously looking up from his feet at the older high school […]

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Learning to Behave: One School Cuts Suspensions Using Empathy

Teachers at a Brooklyn 6th through 12th grade school believe students lack the skill, not the will to behave. A new approach to discipline brought its suspension rate down from 23 to 2 percent in 4 years.

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In Photos: Students “Not Suspects” Paint in Protest

  Students at Park Slope Collegiate, a small 6-12 public school in Brooklyn, have been working for the last year to bring a new mural to their school walls. This new mural comes with a big message: “Scanner-free schools.” The project features portraits of students as they pass through the infamous metal detector that has […]

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Building a Student Movement One Paint Stroke at a Time

A “Students Not Scanners” movement at Park Slope Collegiate begins with a student-made mural, and a dose of outrage.

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Newark the Next Flint? Newark Schools Begin Testing Children’s Lead Levels

The New York Times reports that a week after finding unsafe lead levels in the water in Newark, New Jersey, 30 of the district’s 67 schools have shut off their water and begun testing students to measure their exposure to the contaminant. Given the recent water crisis in Flint, Michigan, growing concerns over a similar issue in Newark and […]

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BuzzFeed Investigates Rape Case at Brooklyn Middle School

“Sent Home From Middle School After Reporting A Rape,” an investigative piece by BuzzFeed News breaks down what happened to a middle school girl referred to as “G” after her school allegedly failed to take measures to insure a thorough investigation of a rape incident that took place between her and a boy in school. […]

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In Their Own Words: The volatile world of high school admissions, round two

Covering Education students speak to middle school students who did not get into their first choice high school for next year. Some heartbreaks, some hope. Read the story in Chalkbeat.org

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Voices of high school admissions, round two

Columbia Journalism students from our 2016 Covering Education class teamed up with Chalkbeat New York to speak with middle schoolers and their families about the high school admission process at Martin Luther King High School last Saturday at the Round 2 High School fair. Here’s what they found: http://ny.chalkbeat.org/2016/03/18/in-their-own-words-voices-of-high-school-admissions-round-two/#.VuwsoRIrKRv

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Chancellor Fariña takes preemptive steps against Opt-Out Movement

According to the New York Daily News who obtained a letter addressed to school principals Tuesday night, NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña has urged principals to remind parents that the upcoming state tests have changed in response to concerns brought up last year. The hope is that the letter will help dissuade parents from another opt-out movement […]

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