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De Blasio Hits a Snag in Pre-K Plan

It’s no secret that education and pre-K is at the top of Bill de Blasio’s policy agenda, but now he is having a tough time convincing lawmakers in Albany to support financing his plan by raising taxes on wealthy New Yorkers.

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Lanisha’s Loss: Last Chance After Sandy

Lanisha Jessie, 17, had hopes for a brighter academic future when Hurricane Sandy hit, flooding her home and throwing her off her academic course. Six months after the storm, she’s just beginning to regain her footing.

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Josh Penafiel hopes to graduate this summer.

Before and After Aspirations: The Legacy of a School Closing

Josh Penafiel dropped out of his East New York high school after it was closed by the New York City Department of Education several years ago. Now he’s trying to get his diploma, but time is running out.

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All God’s Children

All God’s Children is a reporting tour de force. Not only does Fox Butterfield trace the violence in Willie Bosket’s family back to his slave ancestors and their bloody South Carolina community, but he does so with an amazing amount of descriptive detail.

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Why You Truly Never Leave High School

New York Magazine’s Jennifer Senior investigates why high school doesn’t just seem really, really important. Developmentally speaking, it is. Right before adolescence, the part of the brain that controls our reasoning, impulses and self-reflection develops rapidly. Meanwhile, because our brains aren’t fully developed, emotions are particularly influential. And that’s when we hit high school. No […]

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Democracy Prep Charter To Help Students In College

Harlem’s Democracy Prep Public School will continue supporting its graduates in college, according to the Daily News. Founder Seth Andrew said the charter school’s new “alumni support organization” will provide tutoring, help connect graduates to jobs, and hire counselors to help them adjust to life on campus.

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Archdiocese To Close Twenty-Two New York Catholic Schools

The Archdiocese of New York will close 22 elementary schools throughout its jurisdiction, which includes Manhattan, the Bronx, Staten Island and seven other counties, the Wall Street Journal reports. According to the Journal, the closures will affect more than 4,300 students, or about 9% of the elementary schools’ enrollment. Two high schools with 424 students […]

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A Progress Report for Race To The Top

The U.S. Department of Education has issued a progress report lauding the achievements of Race To The Top grant winners and outlining the challenges they face, according to Education Week.  Eleven states and the District of Columbia won a total of $4 billion in federal funding through the competitive grant program. They are Delaware, Florida, […]

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A Bar Exam For Teachers

The American Federation of Teachers is proposing a “bar exam” for teachers, according to NPR. The so-called bar would replace the patchwork of teaching requirements that varies from state to state with a uniform standard that determines who’s qualified to teach.

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Documents Reveal Cheating By Teachers and Principals in New York City Public Schools

An investigation by the Daily News reveals documents showing that at least 100 teachers and principals were caught cheating to boost test scores in New York City public schools since 2006. Specifically, the reports show that teachers and administrators allowed extra time, gave students answers, or altered answer sheets to inflate scores on Regents exams […]

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