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School Report Cards Hide Real School Data

During his campaign for mayor, Bill de Blasio called for an end to the letter grades the city gives to each public school in New York. He called them “blunt instruments” that don’t give the nuanced portrait that policymakers, teachers, students, and parents deserve. His spokeswoman said last month that the grades offered “little real […]

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Key Lawmakers Show Support for Mayor’s Pre-K Plan, Others Deride

The pre-K plan proposed by New York City Mayor de Blasio has its detractors and supporters. Recently, key New York City elected officials ramped up support of the mayor, as a state senator bashed hopes of a vote on the plan in Albany.

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De Blasio Hits a Snag in Pre-K Plan

It’s no secret that education and pre-K is at the top of Bill de Blasio’s policy agenda, but now he is having a tough time convincing lawmakers in Albany to support financing his plan by raising taxes on wealthy New Yorkers.

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Caught Between Two Worlds, an Uzbek Student Finds Her Own Path

Munisa Habibova, 12, has spent half her life in the U.S., but she still feels the pull of her early years in Uzbekistan

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Political division as PEP shutters more schools

At last night’s Panel for Education Policy meeting and vote on 53 proposals – a mix of phase-outs, closings and co-locations at NYC Public Schools – division among the panel members was clear.

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New Study: Bad Teachers Show Early Signs

The preliminary findings of a new study suggest the worst teachers can be detected within their first two years on the job, according to a report by Education Week. The study, done by researchers at the Center on Education Policy and Workforce Competitiveness, looked at data from New York City elementary schools to determine how teachers […]

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Court Blocks City’s Plans to Cut School Funding

A judge served New York City with a temporary restraining order on Tuesday that blocked officials from imposing up to $260 million in cuts to school funding this year, Reuters reports. Although, last month, a court barred the state from withholding the funds from New York City for its failure to strike a deal with the […]

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At Three Schools, Brief Hearings Air Common Themes

Community members from three small schools on the city’s chopping block–Brooklyn’s P.S. 73, East New York’s JHS 13, and Manhattan’s Freedom High– aired their frustrations, their unheralded successes on Feb. 25.

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Opportunity Locked

Students at Opportunity Charter have speech therapy in the hallway while other classrooms in the building are empty and locked. These are the space wars in New York City.

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Turning the Switch: Jumping Neighborhood Hurdles to Get Through College

Getting into college was once the main goal for urban educators and nonprofits. Now, the focus is on staying in college.

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