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October 5, 2018
After fanfare, inside the Bronx classroom of New York’s Teacher of the Year
Twelfth graders at the International Community High School in the South Bronx were pumped when they watched their social studies teacher, Alhassan Susso,…
September 7, 2017
Want to understand Betty Rosa’s vision? Check out the Bronx ‘community school’ she visited.
In many ways, P.S. 55 embodies Rosa’s philosophy that students’ social and emotional needs must be met before they can learn.
September 1, 2017
After blasting Success’s board chair, Chancellor Rosa to visit Success Academy on first day of school
This follows recent friction between the State Education Department and SUNY, Success's authorizer, and sometimes Success Academy itself.
haters gonna hate
June 29, 2017
Bronx borough president to high school grads: ‘Start breaking the mold of what the face of techies look like’
The tech industry in New York City has a diversity problem. The Bronx Academy for Software Engineering was launched to help solve it.
March 31, 2017
With diversity still dismal at specialized schools, New York City officials and parents shift focus to gifted programs
One common theme is emerging: The city needs to start earlier if it wants to include more black and Hispanic students in gifted and specialized high schools.
March 8, 2016
How one New York City school handles eighth grade’s biggest drama: high school letter day
Eighth-graders received their high school matches Friday, a day that can unleash unbridled elation, or crushing dejection.
avoiding the space wars
March 6, 2015
After pushback, Bronx charter replaced with D75 school in co-location plan
The earlier P.S. 277 co-location plan never sat well with parents and staff, who testified in January that it would mean giving up a valuable technology room.
October 15, 2014
Special-ed students in some neighborhoods face longer odds when looking for help
Ten percent of services are going unprovided for students who live in four Bronx ZIP codes with an average median household income of $22,000. That figure drops to 1.5 percent in the city’s five wealthiest enclaves, which have an average median income of $162,000.
October 10, 2014
Co-located 'Learning Partners' forge bonds as they swap ideas
Three of the seven schools in the Bronx's John F. Kennedy High School campus are building a community as they trade ideas through the Learning Partners program.
December 9, 2013
De Blasio must end 'crisis' in Bronx school district, report says
Esperanza Vazquez and other members of the New Settlement Parent Action Committee, which released a new report Friday, at a District 9 rally in 2012. (Photo courtesy of New Settlement PAC.) Michelle Reyes recalls that when her oldest daughter attended school in the South Bronx’s District 9 in the early 90s, many of her classmates learned little and dropped out. Two decades later, when her youngest daughter was a district student, Reyes saw much of the same — many floundering schools and struggling students. By some measures, such as graduation and dropout rates, District 9 has advanced with the rest of the city since Mayor Bloomberg took office. But the district remains stubbornly among the city's very lowest performers, and a new report by a parent-led advocacy group and a think tank argues that the next administration must aggressively attack the district's long-term problems. The report, released Friday by the New Settlement Parent Action Committee and the Annenberg Institute for School Reform, suggests several ways the de Blasio administration could do that, beginning by creating a district-level improvement plan with input gathered at public forums.
October 1, 2013
Bronx BP education liaison suspended for using position for personal gain
Erica Veras, an education and community liaison in the office of Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr., tried to use her position to help her…
July 8, 2013
In her own words, a graduate who aims to use the arts to help
This is the second of two video profiles on students who received college scholarships from New Visions for Public Schools this year. Winners, who must attend high schools in the New Visions network, will receive up to $5,000 a year for all four years of college to pay for academic expenses. Read more about the nine other graduating seniors that New Visions honored. In a one-bedroom apartment in the West Bronx where Diamond Walker lives with her younger brother and mother, she talks about how it was sometimes difficult to get her work done. There's violence on her block, neighbors doing drugs in her hallway, and, with the library an unsafe walk away, nowhere quiet to study. "It's just really distracting and sometimes it's discouraging," said Walker, who graduated last month from the Bronx Center for Science and Mathematics. "You're trying to do so much to make it better and it seems like nothing is going the right way."
April 23, 2013
Parents with Families for Excellent Schools start to get political
Parents involved with Families for Excellent Schools sit in a small group discussion to talk about the answer to a question posed by the group facilitator: "What are the characteristics of a quality education?" Regina Dowdell stepped up to the microphone and made an honest admission to the room full of fellow parents. "I personally didn't know exactly what the mayor did," said Dowdell, whose daughter attends Girls Preparatory Bronx Charter School. "I think that's an important focus today."
August 14, 2012
Bronx students got half of in-school police summonses last year
About 21 percent of the city's middle- and high-schoolers attend schools in the Bronx. But 48 percent of the summonses that police handed out in schools last year went to Bronx students. That is one statistic about policing in city schools that the New York Civil Liberties Union is highlighting now that it has a full year of school policing data in hand. Since last year, the New York Police Department has been required to publish information every three months about arrests it has made and summonses it has issued in schools, where it has more than 5,000 officers assigned. Between July 1, 2011, and June 30, 2012, police officers made 882 arrests in city schools and issued 1,666 summonses for behavior, according to the NYCLU's tally of the year's data. Virtually all of the arrests — more than 95 percent — were for black and Latino students, who make up about 70 percent of the city's enrollment. Three quarters were of male students. And 20 percent were of students between the ages of 11 and 14. Two-thirds of the summonses were issued for "disorderly behavior," a category of offense that the NYLCU argues usually amounts to typical teenaged behavior. Those behaviors are best dealt with by educators, not by directing students into the criminal justice system, the group argues.
July 25, 2012
Instruction is key to new charter school's construction effort
To learn more about what's in each photograph, click to read the caption. When Ife Lenard and her crew first entered the third-floor classrooms that will house the Children's Aid Society Charter School this fall, they found a dusty rotary phone, a decades-old beer can, and lockers coated with grime from years of middle-schoolers' use. But Lenard, the founding principal, can already envision how the classrooms — now gutted — will look come September, when the school opens to 130 kindergarten and first-graders in a South Bronx public school building. That vision includes lots of floor rugs and tables for small-group activities, computer stations, fall colors such as "squash yellow," a terrarium, and an aquarium, Lenard said as she led a procession of Children's Aid Society officials, clad in bright orange hard hats, including director Richard Buery, on a walking tour of the school earlier this week.
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