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March 20, 2019
I’m an Asian American graduate of Brooklyn Tech. Please don’t use me as a wedge in your education lawsuit.
I’d like to see the city start by building more schools, beefing up curriculum by teaching ethnic studies, and decreasing class sizes, among other common-sense solutions.
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April 16, 2018
Carranza promises parents he will be a ‘provocateur,’ ask tough questions of mayor
"While he may be the mayor I’m the chancellor and he’s giving me the opportunity to lead in this organization."
Class of 2016
June 23, 2016
From ABCs to MIT: Brooklyn Tech’s valedictorian helps inspire students at her former middle school
An M.S. 88 graduate comes full circle and tells the class of 2016 how her time there shaped her growth in high school and beyond.
June 9, 2016
Getting black and Hispanic students into specialized schools remains a challenge, even for programs designed to help
A program to promote diversity at the city's specialized schools is actually is helping more white and Asian students get into those schools.
December 11, 2014
Debate over high school admissions test divides City Council
Last December, city officials said they were working to expand access to the SHSAT, though a test-prep program had shrunk.
September 24, 2013
Use of "credit recovery" in city schools varied widely, data show
City schools ranged widely in how often their students took a controversial fast track to making up failed classes, according to new Department of Education data. "Credit recovery” offers students the chance to make up failed classes without having to repeat the entire course, often through online assignments or packets of worksheets. The option was designed for rare occasions, but critics of the Bloomberg administration say pressure to boost graduation rates caused the practice to be abused. Education officials countered allegations of abuse by citing the fact that credit recovery accounted for just 1.7 percent of all credits earned citywide in the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 school years. But that figure masked the fact that many schools did not have any students earn credits through credit recovery, while dozens relied heavily on the practice, according to the new data, made available for the first time in response to Freedom of Information Law requests.
October 2, 2012
Above the fray, students in foster care get high school fair help
Foster care families gather in a gymnasium on the eighth floor at Brooklyn Tech on Saturday to learn more about the high school application process. Most of the roughly 30,000 students and family members who passed through Brooklyn Technical High School last weekend had to traverse the Citywide High School Fair on their own. But high above the fair's hustle and bustle, a small group of at-risk middle school students got a helping hand. For the second year, the Department of Education partnered with the Administration for Children's Services and private donors to host the New York Goal Weekend at the fair. The event gives seventh- and eighth-grade students who are in foster care extra assistance as their search for a high school gets underway. ACS officials started of the program in 2010 — and merged it with the education department last year — because they saw students in foster care struggle to navigate the labyrinthine process of selecting, ranking, and applying for high school placement. “It’s already confusing for a regular kid, but if you can imagine what this is like for a foster child, they have a lot already going on in their lives,” said Suzanne Sousa, ACS's director of development and special programs, who oversaw the event on Saturday.
June 12, 2012
At annual principals conference, talk is of difficult change ahead
Volunteers prepare for more than a thousand city principals to check in at the conference, held Saturday at Brooklyn Tech. A year ago, Department of Education officials gathered more than a thousand city principals in a hot auditorium for a speech by Common Core architect David Coleman. The energy in the room was "truly off the charts" according to Chancellor Dennis Walcott, and it set the tone for this school year. This year's principals' leadership conference, held Saturday at Brooklyn Technical High School, took a lower-key tone, focusing not on big ideas but on the nitty-gritty of implementing existing ones. A series of workshops delved into the Common Core learning standards, evolving state tests, looming special education reforms, and observing teachers — all issues that have dominated the city's policy agenda for more than a year. Instead of Coleman, whose standards are new for New York, the principals heard from Robert Evans, a clinical and organizational psychologist, and received copies of his book, "The Human Side of Change." Evans urged principals to give the Common Core a positive spin while rolling it out in their schools. That's exactly what Chief Academic Officer Shael Polakow-Suransky urged when he instructed principals to continue to communicate the importance of the Common Core, especially as the state transitions to assessments based on the standards. "As principal, one of your biggest challenges is to create a sense of urgency around this work without creating a sense of panic or anxiety," he said during a portion of the day that was open to reporters.
June 1, 2012
Portrait of a GothamSchools reader: Parent Ayanna Behin
Behin and her son, Asher, read together in his classroom at Williamsburg Northside Preschool, where Behin volunteers frequently. Being an active parent in the New York City public schools is practically a family tradition for GothamSchools reader Ayanna Behin, the winner of our reader survey drawing. Behin's grandmother went to Hunter College High School before continuing onto Hunter College, and her grandfather went to Dewitt Clinton High School in the Bronx before attending New York University and Harvard Law School. “When they were done with high school, they could speak Greek, they could speak Latin," Behin said. "They had poetry galore memorized, they knew how to think, and they had a core knowledge.” But because they were West Indian immigrants, her grandparents' parents had to fight to to keep their children from getting tracked into non-college preparatory classes. “So even then their parents had to go to school and know people,” she said. Behin’s daughter Marley represents the fourth generation in her family to attend New York City public schools (fifth if you count Marley's great-great-grandfather, who went to City College). Marley is a student in the inaugural kindergarten class at Urban Assembly Academy for Arts and Letters in Clinton Hill.
February 14, 2012
Brooklyn Tech to students: No homemade baked goods allowed
Brooklyn Technical High School students buy snacks before school today at Rocky's Deli and Grill on Fort Greene Place. If students at Brooklyn Technical High School want to eat a homemade brownie with their lunch, they now have to do it surreptitiously. The elite high school instituted a new policy last week banning all homemade baked goods from the building. Students are speculating that the policy is a response to drug-laced baked goods that are sometimes brought to the school. The announcement came in Tech's morning announcements Feb. 9, sandwiched between the Pledge of Allegiance and a notice about healthy relationships: Attention students: Homemade baked goods are no longer allowed in Brooklyn Tech. Students found with baked goods will have them confiscated. Be advised that store brought baked goods in a sealed package are still allowed in school. We apologize for any inconvenience. Principal Randy Asher declined to comment on the new policy, citing an ongoing investigation. A spokeswoman for the Department of Education, Marge Feinberg, said the investigation was internal to the school.
September 26, 2011
Diverse approaches to admissions labyrinth on view at HS fair
Eighth-graders and their parents began queuing up outside Brooklyn Technical High School on Saturday an hour before the annual citywide high school fair's start time, and by 9:45 a.m. a long line of families wrapped around the block. When the doors opened at 10 a.m., they poured into the stuffy building, some of the tens of thousands of families that passed through the fair this weekend. Inside, Brooklyn Tech's eight stories were something of a labyrinth — but no more so than the high school admissions process itself. Parents and students that we met outlined varying strategies for navigating the fair and the journey to high school. Laura Napiza with daughter Samantha, left, who wants to be a teacher Laura Napiza and her daughter Samantha tried traversing the hallways but seemed completely lost. “We just got here and it’s very overwhelming,” Laura Napiza said. “We’re looking for a high school with a strong academic program that also has something that she’d be interested in. Right now she wants to be a teacher.” They said their goal was to visit the Queens High School of Teaching, Liberal Arts, and the Sciences and Maspeth High School — if they could find those tables. Saying they planned to inquire about graduation rates, student-to-teacher ratios and extracurricular options, the mother and daughter disappeared into the melee. Spencer Jackson and Beverly Brailsford creating a plan of attack for the fair Beverly Brailsford and her son Spencer Jackson came in with a clear plan of action: Head straight to the seventh floor and methodically work downwards, hitting only the schools with strong academic programs and track and field teams. First, though, the pair found a quiet hallway where they could sit down and prepare. With the high school directory in her lap, a pen in her hand, and a notebook turned to a fresh page, Brailsford took notes on schools such as Aviation High School and Medgar Evers College Preparatory School while Jackson played on his phone. “I think it’s more of a mom thing,” Brailsford said of the process. “As long as they have what he’s into, it works for him.”
February 2, 2011
Seven things you need to know about last night's PEP meeting
Seven takeaways from last night's marathon Panel for Educational Policy meeting, for those who don't have time for 6,000-plus words, minute-to-minute updates, or actually traveling to Brooklyn Tech in the storm: 1. Bloomberg's agenda was unsurprisingly approved: 10 schools will phase out, four new co-locations will occur. But on the panel, opposition now comes from more members than simply the Manhattan and Bronx appointees. Patrick Sullivan, the Manhattan borough president's appointee, is no longer the sole voice of opposition on the panel. And while Bronx borough president Ruben Diaz Jr.'s appointee has been making opposition known for a while now, the other borough representatives are beginning slowly to join. Only mayoral appointees, for instance, voted in favor of proposals that would benefit the Success Charter Network schools run by CEO Eva Moskowitz, a former City Council member and perennial mayoral hopeful. Besides 'no' votes, another manifestation of opposition to Bloomberg came in the form of a skirmish. From 9:53 p.m.: Audience members told Anna that they saw Sullivan push Morales from behind. Then Tino Hernandez, the panel’s chair, and Deputy Chancellor Santiago Taveras got between them and escorted Sullivan back to his seat. Sullivan then told the audience that one of the mayoral appointees on the panel had approached him to "taunt" him, kicking off the clash. He proposed that the panel postpone their votes to another day on account of the bad weather, but this motion failed. When the parents behind Anna saw the tussle begin, they started yelling: “Security! Where is security?” A few security guards did edge onto the stage but then backed away, Anna reports. Sullivan told the Daily News that he was just tapping Morales on the back. 2. Families reached out across the closure aisle, sometimes poetically. From Anna's 9:12 p.m. report: … some MCA [Metropolitan Corporate Academy, slated for closure] kids are rapping about racism and school closure. The charter school kids and parents are clapping the beat.
December 14, 2010
Joel Klein promises to leave in January no matter what
Outgoing chancellor Joel Klein at his last Panel for Educational Policy meeting. Schools Chancellor Joel Klein vowed tonight that he will absolutely leave his…
June 22, 2010
Web of lies led one student to city's most coveted arts schools
The city is cracking down on a New Jersey family that illegally enrolled their daughter at two of the city's most competitive public schools. Jill Schifter and Anthony Maulello's daughter won a spot in the Professional Performing Arts School in 2005 and was accepted to the ultra-competitive drama program at LaGuardia High School two years later. But according to a report released today by Special Commissioner of Investigations Richard Condon, Schifter and Maulello live in North Bergen, N.J., not New York City, meaning their daughter wasn't eligible to attend the schools. Investigators responding to an anonymous tip last fall found that the couple had briefly placed utilities accounts at a friend's apartment under their name in order to establish residency after enrolling at PPAS. It was only six months into the investigation, in February 2010, that Maulello signed a lease on an apartment in Manhattan. The city is moving to collect nearly $25,000 from Maulello and Schifter, the art teacher at a Jersey City charter school, according to Department of Education spokeswoman Marge Feinberg. That figure represents five years' worth of the tuition the city requires from public school parents who live outside of the city. (Last year, the city collected $692,895 in tuition, Feinberg said.) According to the regulation about non-resident enrollment, Schifter and Maulello's daughter could also be thrown out of LaGuardia. The story is an extreme example of a not-uncommon phenomenon.
April 14, 2010
More schools to experiment with online work, schedule changes
Chancellor Joel Klein is expanding a pilot program that takes the experiments city schools often conduct behind closed classroom doors and brings them to other schools. Called Innovation Zone, or iZone, the program began this year in ten schools and will grow to include 81 schools next year. At its core is a heavy emphasis on expanding online learning, a major focus of Klein's tenure at the Department of Education. Of the iZone schools, more than half will adopt the "virtual school" model. This involves using online Advanced Placement classes and credit recovery courses or simply combining online work and face-to-face instruction. Six schools will alter their schedules to make the school day or year longer and 35 will begin using software that's designed to change instruction based on how much a student struggles or excels. One of the six schools that will change its schedule next year is P.S. 50, an elementary and junior high school in East Harlem. A spokeswoman for The After School Corporation said the organization is in talks with P.S. 50 to extend the school day to 6 p.m.
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