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Transitions: The Human Cost of School Closings

Caught in the middle of a school reform battle over closures and phase-outs are the students, staff and administrators whose lives and educational careers are disrupted. These are their stories.

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Transitions: A Parent and Student’s Account of School’s Closure

When Believe Southside’s charter was revoked in June 2012, Tonia Hucey had to find a new school for her son, Skylar. Here is their story.

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One Size Does Not Fit All: An Interview with 17-Year-Old Author Nikhil Goyal

Nikhil Goyal is the 17-year-old author of 2012’s One Size Does Not Fit All: A Student’s Assessment of School, a book that takes an exhaustive look at the U.S. school system and gives suggestions on how to transform it.

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Transitions: A Principal Reflects on Her School’s Closure

Like their counterparts at the 49 other schools in New York City that were closing or phasing out in 2012, Believe Southside’s staff and students were forced into transition. Here is that story from the perspective of Believe Southside’s principal, Shannon Browne.

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What Makes a Great Teacher?

That’s the question an educator posed in a New York Times Letter to the Editor on April 29, 2013. The Times then invited readers to respond to the letter written by David Greene, who is the treasurer of Save Our Schools. In Greene’s letter, he raises questions about the Teach for America program, among other […]

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Only the Lonely High School Journalism Class

The web is helping journalism teachers in the city and nation create engaging lessons for a school subject that’s long suffered from unpopularity.

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Several Parents Announce Boycott of High-Stakes Standardized Tests in NYC

At a press conference today at the Bloomingdale Family Program on the Upper West Side, several parents announced that they would be boycotting the high-stakes standardized testing, which begins in schools in the city and state tomorrow, by opting their children out. Six parents – unaffiliated with any organization – ran the press conference. They […]

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The Over-Billing by a New York Special Ed Pre-K Private Contractor Points to a Larger Problem in Sector Funding and Regulation

Bilingual SEIT, a New York City special ed pre-K provider lost its contract with the NYC Department of Education after years of misusing funds and providing poor service, reports the New York Times. The company, which provides services to pre-schoolers with developmental disabilities, billed more than $17 million in the 2011-2012 school year to the […]

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Memo Suggests Former DC Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee Had Knowledge of Possible Cheating at District Schools

Following the indictment in Atlanta of 34 public school employees and former School Superintendent Beverly A. Hall in a cheating scandal, PBS education reporter John Merrow has published “Michelle Rhee’s Reign of Error” on his blog on Learning Matters. The post suggests former DC Schools Chancellor, Michelle Rhee, was aware of possible cheating happening at […]

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Obama’s 2014 Budget Proposal and the Impacts on Education Spending

President Barack Obama released his budget proposal for 2014 yesterday. The budget includes increases in Pell Grants and spending on Federal Work-Study and job-training programs at community colleges, reports the Chronicle of Higher Education. The complete education budget is outlined on the White House’s website, here. For a look at the education budget as compared […]

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