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Shania Prescod

Age: 14 Neighborhood: Brooklyn Current School: Williamsburg Collegiate Charter School First Round Choices: Brooklyn Technical High School or The Bronx High School of Science Second Round Choices: The High School for Enterprise, Business, and Technology, Transit Tech High School, George Westinghouse Career,Technical Education High School Admitted: Uncommon Charter High School Shania Prescod, 14, an eighth-grader at Williamsburg Collegiate Charter […]

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Local policymakers hold the key to school desegregation, U.S education chief John King says.

U.S. Secretary of Education John King speaks at the 2016 national conference of the Education Writers Association in Boston. John King wants the nation’s schools to be less segregated — but there’s a limit to what he can do about it. That was the new federal education secretary’s message on Monday in a presentation to […]

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Smartest Kids in the World

  In her 2013 book, The Smartest Kids in the World, and How They Got That Way, Samantha Ripley, draws comparisons between the relatively successful education systems in three countries Finland, Poland and South Korea, touching the subjects of testing, surveys, homogeneous societies, teacher qualifications, history and government reforms. Ripley writes about the experiences of three […]

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Are All Black Students Falling Behind?

A recent report by The Education Trust, a nonprofit working on educational justice, reveals that while there has been an improvement in graduation rates at four-year public institutions for all students, the improvement is smaller for black students This begs the question: are black students losing ground in graduation rates? Read more.   

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Brooklyn Teenagers Capture a Photographer’s Eye

Five years ago, the photographer Cassandra Giraldo fell into step with some teenagers on their way to the mall at Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn. She spent the next several months documenting two of the girls, April and Desire, until their graduation from the eighth grade. “They opened their whole worlds to me,” said Ms. Giraldo, […]

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Mayor de Blasio’s war on quality pre-K

In the rush to launch “universal quality pre-K,” City Hall cleared a number of outfits that didn’t pass the sniff test. City Comptroller Scott Stringer balked, refusing to register a number of pre-K contracts. At least four programs were hopeless — so the mayor’s office got a nonprofit fund to loan them $1.36 million. The […]

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As homeless population swells, New York City will add more health clinics at schools By Patrick Wall

New York City will spend nearly $30 million to increase health services and offer other help for the city’s growing number of homeless students, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday. The funding comes from the state and will go toward new school-based health centers and programs inside homeless shelters that help children with literacy and […]

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First Person: How can we teach students to be productive members of a community by removing them from it?

As educators and school leaders grapple with changes in discipline policy in New York City, “safety” is cited as a primary concern of teachers from schools struggling to shift from punitive discipline structures to more restorative ones. As a longtime city teachers and union members, we feel that a vital consideration continues to be left out of these conversations: the […]

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De Blasio’s budget boosts Beacon center social services in city’s public schools

Mayor de Blasio’s upcoming executive budget sets aside millions in increased funding for social services at Beacon centers in city schools and it includes an extra $5.7 million in 2017 and $16.8 million in subsequent years for the programs. The city currently operates 80 Beacon centers in public schools across the five boroughs where students get after-school […]

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The Problem with NYC High-school Admissions

For years, a debate has swirled over whether specialized schools should expand their admissions criteria. But that discussion has largely ignored how the Department of Education (DOE) selects students for its other more than 400 high schools. “New York is unique in having this system where all the schools have different admissions procedures,” says Sean […]

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