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Is a Longer School Day The Answer?

Some charter schools are rolling back their hours, just as some public schools are adding time to the school day. Research is mixed about whether it makes a difference.

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Ezelle Trapp-Sherman

Age: 14 Neighborhood: Parkchester, the Bronx Middle school: Promise Academy II High school: Undecided When Ezelle Trapp-Sherman walked down the halls of Promise Academy II to her guidance counselor’s office last month, she was nervous but also excited. It was March 4, the day high schools distributed acceptance letters to incoming freshmen. The eighth grader […]

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Johnathan Lugo

Age: 14 Neighborhood: Norwood, Bronx Middle school: P.S. / M.S. 280 High school: Bard High School Early College in Queens To Johnathan Lugo, eighth grade has felt like a juggling act. Putting together applications for high schools, preparing for the Specialized High School Admissions Test and keeping his grades up, made this a stressful year. […]

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Does ICE pressure schools for student info?

Some students who are undocumented immigrants, or those with undocumented family members, worry that attending school will bring Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to their door. Read the whole story here.

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Why talented black and Hispanic students can go undiscovered

Economists saw results when one Florida school district implemented a new screening procedure for gifted and talented students: Instead of relying on teachers and parents to make referrals, a test was given to all students and the highest scorers were referred for I.Q. testing. With the new procedure, many more black and Hispanic students have […]

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Teachers say untimed state tests leave some students exhausted, but others confident

This year’s update to standardized tests allowing students unlimited time is being met with a mixed reaction in schools. Chalkbeat reports that “teachers say the absence of a time limit bolstered the confidence of some students, but it also presented some new logistical and behavior challenges.” Read the full story here. 

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Youth Step Up USA holds community event for Brooklyn boy, 10, who was bullied to the point of contemplating suicide

A bullied Brooklyn student has been granted a safety transfer to a new school. The day after his transfer was secured, he was invited as a guest to a citywide youth event, where his peers offered him support and hugs. Read the full story here.

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Parents will sue America’s largest school district over school violence

Families and the advocacy group Families for Excellent Schools sued the New York City Department of Education this week, citing “ineffective and inadequate” regulations in place to curb incidents of in-school violence. Read the full story here.

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Big question on New York state tests: How many will opt out?

As standardized testing kicks off this spring, many New York parents remain unhappy with the system and plan to have their children opt out of taking the tests. This year, several changes have been made, including an option for students to take the test without a time limit and the new rule that scores will not affect teachers’ […]

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Taking high school courses in college costs students and families nearly $1.5 billion

A new report from the advocacy group Education Reform Now reveals that nearly half the college students enrolled in remedial classes nationwide are from middle- and high-income families. The report also found that, altogether, students are borrowing an extra $380 million a year to take high-school level courses in the first year of college. “Remedial” courses cover high-school level […]

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