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July 9, 2019
Newark school buildings raised safety concerns. Why haven’t they been fixed?
Many Newark schools need to be renovated or replaced. But with the state providing limited support, the district is grappling with how to fund the repairs.
back in action
December 3, 2018
It’s a ‘breath of fresh air’ to be back in school, Georgian Hills educators say after three weeks off following heating issues
On Monday morning, the elementary school in Frayser held classes for the first time since Nov. 13, when cold temperatures put the building’s boiler out of commission.
October 25, 2018
Griffin: ‘Students who live in poverty should learn in luxury,’ but state-run schools are far from luxurious
Many Memphis schools are in need of better environments, but schools in Tennessee's lowest performing district are too low in priority for building repairs, said Sharon Griffin.
September 11, 2018
$40 million worth of school improvements follow in wake of Obama Center project
Hyde Park Academy sits in a South Side neighborhood set to become the site for the Obama Presidential Library and a Tiger Woods-designed golf course.
July 18, 2018
The tension between Chicago enrollment declines and new schools
Chicago plans on opening a handful of schools in the next several years. But for whom?…
June 14, 2018
Community members have plenty to say about CPS’ 10-year facilities master plan
Carolina Gaete had a question. The North Lawndale resident wanted to know how Chicago Public Schools decides which improvements to fund…
May 14, 2018
As a school board decision looms, some Detroit charters are jumping ship. Others have their fingers crossed.
Three Detroit schools aren’t waiting around for the outcome of a debate over the future of charter schools overseen by the main Detroit…
March 26, 2018
Tennessee opened a Pandora’s box by lifting the ban on new school districts. Now on to the details.
With more towns exploring whether to start their own school systems, state lawmakers say a deeper study is in order. Now the question is the study's scope.
Detroit week in review
September 22, 2017
Week in review: Two schools in Detroit were excited to show off shiny new spaces
Reality TV-style renovations were in the news this week.
Struggling Detroit schools
September 20, 2017
Scores of Detroit schools are empty eyesores. Here’s why it’s so hard to bring them back to life.
Vacant schools can become crime hubs or crumbling dangers. But even if that doesn’t happen, they are disheartening reminders of Detroit’s struggle to prioritize education for its children.
July 25, 2016
Run-down buildings, struggling schools: how crumbling facilities affect student performance
A new study finds that poor school building conditions can start a chain reaction that leads to low student performance.
Give Me A Home
January 15, 2015
Denver Public Schools ‘ahead of the curve’ with proposed facilities policy
DPS currently has no formal policy to determine which school would be placed in which building. The new policy would outline which district priorities, academic achievement, and enrollment patterns will drive placement decisions.
May 7, 2013
Advocates to highlight city’s worst school buildings
From our inbox: WHAT: 32BJ SEIU officers, public school cleaners, City Council members, and education advocacy groups hold press conference to release findings of a new report highlighting inequalities…
November 1, 2012
City moves forward with opening schools in Sandy's aftermath
A line across the bricks of Brooklyn's P.S. 195 indicates how high floodwaters reached there on Monday night. Despite massive transportation problems, ongoing power outages, and dozens of buildings so severely damaged that they cannot be used in the near future, the city is moving forward with a plan to open schools by Monday, one week after Hurricane Sandy swept across the city. On Wednesday, Mayor Bloomberg announced that students would return to classes next week and that teachers would be required to report for work on Friday to prepare. Chancellor Dennis Walcott told reporters today that the timeline was firm. "There are no ifs ands or buts about it," Walcott said. "They will open. We know they'll open." But exactly where each of the schools will open is an unresolved question. Of the city's roughly 1,200 school buildings, 174 are still not operational today because of flooding, loss of power, or other damages, Walcott said, a number that had declined by about 25 since Wednesday. Of them, 44 buildings housing 79 schools are considered "severely damaged" and will have to undergo major repairs before they are safe for students, he said. The severely damaged schools include Brooklyn's John Dewey High School, where officials said today a transformer fire had essentially burned through the building's electrical system, and Beach Channel High School in Queens, where flooding caused the school's boiler to burst and leak oil into Jamaica Bay. Walcott said the department was now working with city's Department of Environmental Protection to contain the spill. Students and teachers from the severely damaged schools, and from schools that still do not have power, will be sent to other locations when classes resume on Monday. The alternate locations, which could involve dividing some schools across multiple sites, had not yet been finalized this afternoon, Walcott said.
September 10, 2009
New York City's largest charter school throws open its doors
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