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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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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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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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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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