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New rules to help New York students graduate offer ‘false promise,’ school leaders say

At South Brooklyn Community High School, teachers work to help struggling students earn the credits they need to graduate. But students at the transfer school in Red Hook often stumble over a final hurdle: passing all five of New York’s high school exit exams. [Chalkbeat]

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Police to Continue Patrols at Ft. George High School After Brawl, Pols Say

WASHINGTON HEIGHTS — Police have stepped up patrols at a local high school after a wild brawl involving a pair of teens wielding a wooden stick left several students injured, authorities said. The fight, which took place after school Monday near the City College Academy of the Arts, left two 17-year-old boys with head injuries after they […]

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New York City families spend millions of hours choosing high schools, and students from poor neighborhoods finish last: report

New York City eighth graders and their families are spending up to 5.7 million hours every year navigating a high school admissions process that was in part designed to break the link between students’ ZIP codes and their academic outcomes — but that link remains strong, according to a new report. [Chalkbeat]

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New SAT Test, Same Old Problems?

Did the redesigned SAT make the grade? SAT critics, test coaches, and college officials speak out.

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Some of Brooklyn’s most sought-after middle schools will no longer see how applicants rank them

When middle schools in a brownstone Brooklyn district with a hyper-competitive admissions process consider prospective students next year, they will no longer be able to factor in how families ranked them on their applications, officials said Wednesday. Parents and experts have long lobbied for that change because they say the current system forces families to […]

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Poll of NYC teachers reveals tough conditions, unpaid overtime

Nearly one-third of city teachers can’t make vital photocopies for students, and one in five work unpaid overtime every week, according to a survey released Tuesday by a teachers union splinter group. [New York Daily News]

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Success Academy documents point to ‘possible cheating’ among challenges

Success Academy CEO Eva Moskowitz did not approve of the finding — made by an “ethnographer” she hired to study her rapidly expanding charter school network — that some teachers at the high-performing network might be responding to the enormous pressure placed on them by cheating. So Moskowitz, Success’s combative founder, deployed senior managers to inform the […]

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Sen Oglesby

Age: 13 Neighborhood: SoHo Current School: Lower Manhattan Community Middle School First Choice: Beacon High School Admitted: Baruch College Campus High School   Sen Oglesby, who loves watching horror movies, is an eighth grader at the Lower Manhattan Community School, a small, high-achieving, racially mixed school in the Financial District. For her, choosing the right […]

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Josue Soriano

Age: 15 Neighborhood: The Bronx Current School: Broome Street Academy Charter High School Josue Soriano missed the first deadline for submitting his list of preferred high schools to his guidance counselor at the East Fordham Academy for the Arts, a small, mostly Hispanic middle school in the Bronx. The 15-year-old thought the due date was […]

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Victoria Rodriguez

Age: 14 Neighborhood: Lower East Side Middle School: University Neighborhood Middle School First Choice: Pace High School Admitted: Pace High School Victoria Rodriguez’s older sister was in a high school she didn’t like and she wanted to avoid the same fate. The school was over crowded, personal items were stolen from her school locker and she did […]

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