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Undocumented Queens High School Kids Work Factory Jobs to Pay the Bills

Central American immigrant teenagers in Queens work overnight at under-the-table factory jobs to help families pay their bills and debts. Somehow the students make it to school the next morning.

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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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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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Ready for School, Nowhere to Go

The benefits of good after-school programs are well known for those kids whose parents aren’t yet home from work. But at many schools like Brownsville’s P.S. 446, before-school programs are needed too.

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Newly Arrived Immigrant Teens Learning Math Through Language

“In the Dominican Republic, two plus two equals four,” said a sophomore in the Bronx’s International Community High School for brand new immigrant kids. “Here, you have to explain why it’s four.”

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Learning to Behave: One School Cuts Suspensions Using Empathy

Teachers at a Brooklyn 6th through 12th grade school believe students lack the skill, not the will to behave. A new approach to discipline brought its suspension rate down from 23 to 2 percent in 4 years.

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A Tale of Two Fundraisers

The city’s inequality gap was on display this week at two public high school fundraisers. Stuyvesant High School parents intended to raise $80,000; students and teachers at Queens High School for Research, Information and Technology were hoping for $2,000.

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The End of the Beginning

Kiasia Truluck recalled the profound impact Brooklyn’s Beginning with Children Charter School had on her professional life. One of the city’s first charter schools is scheduled to close by the end of the year.

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A Class That Loops Together, Learns Together

Looping is when teachers stay with the same class of students for more than one year. At Brownsville’s P.S. 446, teachers say it works well for maintaining discipline, and it’s even better for helping them improve as teachers.

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Building a Student Movement One Paint Stroke at a Time

A “Students Not Scanners” movement at Park Slope Collegiate begins with a student-made mural, and a dose of outrage.

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