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February 26, 2013
New photographs reveal city schools' extensive Sandy damage
A slide from a Department of Education presentation about the damage wrought by Hurricane Sandy shows that P.S. 114's devastated auditorium has since been repaired. The presentation, which contains before-and-after photographs from 16 school buildings, is being delivered at a City Council hearing today about city agencies' responses to the storm. Emma is at the hearing and will report on it later this afternoon.
October 31, 2012
In pictures: Surveying the damage Sandy wrought on city schools
According to the Department of Education, 200 of New York City's 1,400 public school buildings are currently "not operational" because of damage wrought by Hurricane Sandy. We visited a few of them today. "Catastrophic. Pure devastation," said Joe Modica, a custodian at Gravesend's William Grady Career and Technical High School. The school's boiler room and media center, both located in the school's basement were flooded with about seven feet of water yesterday. Modica and about a dozen others — custodians, plumbers and electricians — were working in shifts to pump water from the school today.
June 22, 2012
Walcott, football star urge rising HS students to plan for college
Chancellor Walcott and football player Denard Robinson (center) speak with Javier Sarmiento, an eighth grader at I.S. 195 Roberto Clemente. Sarmiento will be attending Central Park East High School in the fall. In its latest effort to get young, male students thinking about the path to college, the city enlisted glow-sticks and a Big Ten football player.
May 25, 2012
Parents of English language learners flock to annual conference
Parents at the city's 10th annual English language learners conference literally lept out of their chairs at the chance to meet and take a photo with Chancellor Dennis Walcott this morning. During his brief speech about how the parents could help their children in school, dozens of parents crowded around the stage, cameras and smart-phones in hand. More later greeted him off-stage, where he shook hands and posed for photos.
May 23, 2012
Child care advocates deliver budget petitions to Bloomberg
Children from the Bay Ridge Child Center drop off petition letters to Mayor Bloomberg. Educators and children gathered to deliver more than 5,000 letters…
May 18, 2012
From inside Bronx Science, a picture of students hard at work
When I spoke to Valerie Reidy, principal of the Bronx High School of Science, earlier this week, she said criticism about how she manages teachers and the student newspaper distracts the public from her students' accomplishments. "They work so hard, they study so hard. I hate to get caught up in administration-kid rivalry," she said, adding that she doesn't hold criticism by students against them. "The kids who push back — that's what they're supposed to be doing. I fully understand." A teacher at the school followed up on Thursday, sending a picture of 221 Bronx Science students taking Advanced Placement World History exams in a school gymnasium. The test took place on the penultimate day of a two-week spree of AP exams.
March 15, 2012
UFT protesters create "cemetery" of Manhattan school closures
Present and former teachers from schools around the city that were targeted for closure rallied at Foley Square Thursday afternoon. Teachers union president Michael Mulgrew told teachers to dress for a funeral today. Teachers who worked at schools that the city has closed or is trying to close gathered at "Mayor Bloomberg's Cemetery" — actually Foley Square, in Lower Manhattan — to mourn the Bloomberg administration's school closure policies. Joined by about 60 union members, the teachers displayed pictures of tombstones etched with the names of schools the city has targeted for closure, including Bread and Roses High School, Legacy High School for Integrated Studies, Manhattan Theater Lab School.
February 1, 2012
Students from three boroughs protest planned school closures
Student protesters unfurled a banner listing names of the schools that could close this year. Students from at least five city high schools walked out of classes this afternoon in opposition to the city's school closure proposals.
January 11, 2012
Lunch-period visitors learn about the life of education reporters
We usually have to patrol dismissal time to meet large groups of students, so we’re always excited when teachers bring their…
September 7, 2011
Parents, officials: DOE's response to toxins in schools too slow
Families from the nonprofit New York Communities for Change stand behind teachers union president Michael Mulgrew at a press conference to criticize how the DOE has responded to the threat of toxins in schools Wednesday morning. Weeks after the city announced that students at a Bronx elementary school had been exposed to toxins for years, parents and lawyers from New York Lawyers for the Public Interest are renewing their call for city officials to protect students against another toxin found in schools: PCBs, which are present in older light fixtures.
June 21, 2011
Advocates take to the phones in fight against teacher layoffs
BaShan Taylor reads a script opposing school budget cuts over the phone. (Photo: Chris Arp) With less than 10 days before the city's budget deadline and no deal yet on education cuts, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio is encouraging parents to take to the phones. When Chris stopped by the "11th Hour Phone Bank" at de Blasio's 1 Centre Street office earlier this evening, about 20 people had turned up to make phone calls. Organizers said they hoped to ask 2,500 people tonight to call 311 with their opposition to the budget cuts and planned teacher layoffs.
March 25, 2011
Dressed in black, parents and teachers protest budget cuts
Calling their protest "Fight Back Friday," teachers and parents at a handful of schools wore all black today in opposition to Mayor Bloomberg's threatened teacher layoffs and budget cuts.
February 24, 2011
Days before its closure vote, P.S. 114 is still fighting back
Michael Hall, the father of a second grader at P.S. 114, said the Canarsie elementary school should remain open. Teachers, parents, and community activists protested the city's plans to shutter a Canarsie elementary school today in front of the Department of Education's headquarters.
February 15, 2011
Its closure approved, a Bronx high school fights to stay open
Though the citywide school board has already voted to close Christopher Columbus High School, students, teachers, and alumni rallied…
January 28, 2011
Seven future Pulitzer Prize winners visit GothamSchools
GothamSchools loves visitors. So we were delighted when a group of ninth-graders and their teachers from…
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