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May 24, 2018
Parents score a temporary victory in slowing the closure of a small Brooklyn elementary school
It was not immediately clear when the case will be resolved or even if P.S. 25 will remain open next year.
March 27, 2018
Education officials began closing a small New York City school. Now parents are suing to keep it open.
P.S. 25 has hemorrhaged students in recent years, and currently enrolls just 94 students in grades K-5.
September 5, 2017
Advocacy group gives de Blasio failing grades on NYC education report card
NYC Kids PAC has criticized his administration in its previous report cards.
July 26, 2017
NYC class size limits could boost learning — but in practice, they often don’t. A new study explains why.
"If anything, this paper is an indictment of the current system."
August 24, 2016
Big win for advocates as New York State names chief privacy officer
Temitope Akinyemi will be responsible for investigating security breaches and recommending privacy standards.
June 10, 2015
After judge says school leadership meetings are public, city tells principals they are not
The city told principals that leadership team meetings are not open to the public while it appeals a judge's April decision that they are subject to open meetings rules.
April 23, 2015
Rejecting city argument, judge rules that school leadership meetings are public
A Manhattan judge sided with advocates who filed a lawsuit arguing that leadership teams meetings should be public since they play an important role in schools.
March 11, 2015
At widespread anti-Cuomo protests, parents and teachers to join hands
Pushback against Gov. Andrew Cuomo's education agenda sparked plans for rallies across the city.
February 25, 2015
Tech contract approved after city acknowledges need for more transparency
A burst of concern over the contract's size and connection to a past scandal prompted city officials to say they will be more transparent in the future.
who rules the schools
February 25, 2015
Ahead of vote, a tech contract raises questions of transparency, oversight
The city wants to award a big contract to a firm with a spotty history, and a lack of transparency about the deal has fueled a debate about mayoral control.
January 9, 2015
Faced with lawsuits, city argues school leadership meetings are not public
The city's public advocate and a parent group are joining a lawsuit brought by a retired teacher, who is suing the city to make school leadership team meetings open to the public.
Counting Class Size
September 30, 2014
Quietly, UFT reports that classroom overcrowding is getting worse
In a shift indicative of the new working relationship between city government and the teachers union, the number of overcrowded classes was noted only in an article in the union’s internal newspaper, New York Teacher. And rather than report overcrowded classes at their peak, the story says 3,500 classes exceeded limits — a number from after the city had already begun to reduce overcrowding.
June 27, 2014
Released earlier than usual, Blue Book now counts students in trailers
The city Department of Education released its annual school-space tally on Friday, months earlier than usual and featuring some changes recommended by an advisory…
June 6, 2014
Report: City’s budget plan doesn’t do enough to end school overcrowding
The city’s budget plan will not solve the problem of school overcrowding, a new report argues, despite the mayor’s pledge to devote new resources toward…
April 5, 2013
Comments of the Week: Our story on a parent activist goes meta
As soon as our story about Leonie Haimson, the prominent parent activist who ceased being a public school parent last summer, went live on Wednesday, comments applauding Haimson's advocacy began rolling in. Among the first to comment was Assembly Education Committee chair Cathy Nolan, who wrote as "freshmanmom," I love working with leonie haimson; her dedication, research skills, advocacy and passion are very helpful to me both as a parent of a nyc public school student and as the chair of the assembly's education committee. Leonie has a right to send her child to whatever school she thinks is best for her child, especially after fighting for years to improve the public school system for all familes. Later, Haimson herself added a comment and urged readers to visit her blog, NYC Public School Parents, to read the post she had published before seeing our story: Thanks for the tremendous support from those of you who commented here, on the lists or privately; your friendship, understanding and support helps keep me going! Many of Haimson's supporters also questioned, sometimes with ferocity, whether we should have written the story at all. We have invited Kelly McBride, a media ethicist at the Poynter Institute, to weigh in on that question and on the question of how well our story accomplished its goals. We'll publish her ombudsman-style response next week, no matter what she says. For now, we'll point you to what the public editor of the Education Writers Association, Emily Richmond, wrote when she discussed our story on her own blog today, in a post that also appeared at the Atlantic:
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