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Manhattan Teacher Uses Zombies to Chase Students into the Classroom

This semester, Wilber’s on a crusade to use provocative themes, and the zombie tie-in, to get more of City-As-School’s notoriously weary readers to pick up a book – and come to class.

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Success Academy drops English language learners preference in admissions

Eva Moskowitz, network founder and CEO, said the decision runs counter to New York state charter law, which she said encourages the weighted lottery for English language learners.

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The Big Test rings true

Nicholas Lemann’s “The Big Test: The Secret of the American Meritocracy,” shows the story of how success on the SAT became equated with more college choice.

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Effect of school cancellations explored

Canceling school also means nixing other school services, such as free or reduced lunch and after-school programs. How do snow days affect the student experience? Read more at The Hechinger Report.

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Report: Charter school discipline codes questioned

A report released by Advocates for Children, an advocacy organization, found that most disciplinary policies at publicly financed New York City charter schools were not wholly in line with state or federal requirements. 155 out of 183 charter organizations operating in New York City were surveyed. Anecdotal evidence was collected from parents who reported suspensions for […]

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Map: What’s going on with testing in every state

Students in New York sit down and take the New York State Assessments, but many states were still making decisions on what tests to administer this spring. There’s one state still undecided, but as of Feb. 4, 28 states and Washington, D.C. have opted to join either the Smarter Balanced or Partnership for Assessment of […]

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Colorado parents react to immunization compliance numbers

Chalkbeat Colorado dives in to data after schools release immunization numbers. Colorado parents can check find their child’s school or prospective school thanks to a new mandate in Chalkbeat Colorado’s database. Some findings: Parents who choose not to immunize tend to live close to each other. Charter schools and alternative philosophy schools tend to grant […]

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Texas school district tackles truancy

Being chronically absent from school could mean a criminal record in Texas, where parents and students as young as 12 can be fined and charged with a misdemeanor. Almost all school districts in Texas’ Bexar County are trying out new reforms designed to increase attendance and reduce the number of court filings. Full text of […]

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Disparities found in school punishment

A Columbia Law School and African American Policy Forum report has some serious findings. African American girls are 10 times more likely to be punished in school compared to white girls in New York City. The national average is 6:1. African American boys in New York City are six times more likely to be punished that […]

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Report: Sexual Assault Complaints Mishandled

An Al-Jazeera America report reviewed the crime logs of 15 colleges in New York City spanning over four years and found: Discipline was used in 43 percent of reported sexual offenses on campuses. NYPD was referred to 27 percent of the time. Read more here.  

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