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Equal Opportunity: Raising the Bar for Students with Disabilities

As the city continues to roll out its special education reform, teachers wonder if the elimination of “safety net” graduation provisions will negatively impact students with special needs.

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High School Choice: Like Choosing College

Eighth graders need a lot of help navigating the maze of city high school applications. Schools offer wildly different levels of adult guidance. A new study suggests that equity may suffer as a result.

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Lanisha’s Loss: Last Chance After Sandy

Lanisha Jessie, 17, had hopes for a brighter academic future when Hurricane Sandy hit, flooding her home and throwing her off her academic course. Six months after the storm, she’s just beginning to regain her footing.

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“No” To Testing: Boycotts and Alternatives

Standardized testing was a hot-button issue this year, especially as tests grew longer as new Common Core standards are implemented. Some parents and educators are against the time test preparation takes away from classroom instruction, as well as the high-stakes use of tests to evaluate schools and teachers. Standardized testing’s reputation was further hit by […]

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“No” to Testing: More and More City Parents Boycott Standardized Tests

Longer tests and more of them prompted a growing number of New York City parents and beyond this April to tell their children not to take them.

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Josh Penafiel hopes to graduate this summer.

Before and After Aspirations: The Legacy of a School Closing

Josh Penafiel dropped out of his East New York high school after it was closed by the New York City Department of Education several years ago. Now he’s trying to get his diploma, but time is running out.

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Pooja Bhaskar teaching a 9th grade science class.

Transitions: Bread & Roses Staff Faces an Uncertain Future

With Bread & Roses beginning its phase out next school year, ninth grade teacher Pooja Bhaskar and guidance counselor Sabrina Cochran worry that they will no longer be needed.

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Fit Kids: All Work and No Play for the City’s Youngest Students

Physical education often gets pushed to the side, especially especially in the city’s elementary schools, where children are lucky to have gym once a week.

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Transitions: The Human Cost of School Closings

Caught in the middle of a school reform battle over closures and phase-outs are the students, staff and administrators whose lives and educational careers are disrupted. These are their stories.

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Transitions: A Parent and Student’s Account of School’s Closure

When Believe Southside’s charter was revoked in June 2012, Tonia Hucey had to find a new school for her son, Skylar. Here is their story.

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