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September 5, 2019
At a vaunted program in Manhattan, parents sound off on proposed changes to gifted programs
As parents dropped their children off at NEST+M, some acknowledged a need for change while others said gifted programs are essential and should be expanded.
August 27, 2019
If New York City eliminates gifted programs, here’s what could come next
The idea is to create additional learning opportunities that foster curiosity for all students instead of walling off opportunities for student labeled “gifted."
August 14, 2019
Top city lawmakers say NYC should test entire schools for lead paint — not just classrooms
The city does not inspect cafeterias, art rooms, gymnasiums, and certain rooms where students with disabilities get extra help.
August 5, 2019
Here’s what NYC officials are telling parents after revealing nearly 1,000 classrooms have peeling lead paint
“We are sparing no effort to ensure that wherever there may be potential exposure, it is immediately remediated,” officials wrote in an unsigned and undated letter.
August 1, 2019
Parents say they feel left in the dark after NYC reveals over 900 classrooms have lead paint contamination
“We shouldn’t be finding out through an article. They should be reaching out to parents.”
the tenure track
June 27, 2019
NYC teacher tenure rates continue to rise under Mayor Bill de Blasio
Under de Blasio, teachers have been more likely to win tenure as soon as they are eligible.
deal or no deal
June 13, 2019
Pre-K, school social workers in forefront of negotiations as NYC nears a budget deal
Sources briefed on budget negotiations said there was agreement to significantly reduce the number of schools that don’t have a single social worker.
ask the mayor
June 7, 2019
This Brooklyn teen keeps pressing de Blasio on school segregation during his weekly radio appearance
That thorn in de Blasio’s side: Tiffani Torres, a 16-year-old junior at Pace High School in Manhattan.
Paying for pre-K
June 7, 2019
City Council leaders are demanding higher pre-K wages — and it could lead to a budget showdown
It’s a shot in the arm for pay parity among the organizations who provide early childhood education to 60% of pre-schoolers in the program.
April 29, 2019
As NYC plans to shorten the day at some struggling schools, the principals union pushes back
“The extended learning, in terms of the impact per dollar, we decided was something that we could reduce,” the mayor said during a press conference.
April 10, 2019
Asian students continue to benefit most from program meant to integrate NYC’s specialized high schools
In recent years, the initiative has helped more white and Asian students gain admission to eight city high schools that determine admission based on a single test.
April 5, 2019
Read the report on de Blasio’s $773 million turnaround program the city kept under wraps — until now
The report is the most rigorous study to date on the effectiveness of the mayor’s turnaround program, which cost $773 million and has been widely criticized.
March 28, 2019
NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson proposes eliminating SHSAT process, and adding new ‘elite’ schools
The speaker also wants to create of a new set of “elite” schools with their own competitive admissions criteria, as well as institute a slew of other measures that have been floated by observers on all sides of the integration debate.
March 22, 2019
De Blasio decries ‘segregation’ amid specialized high school debate — a term he has avoided
"That’s why we’re doing something bold here, and we’re saying we’re not going to live by this old system that has perpetuated massive segregation."
March 18, 2019
As admissions controversy roils, data shows New York City’s specialized high schools continue to accept few black and Hispanic students
As New York City is engulfed in a debate over efforts to better integrate the city’s specialized high schools, the elite schools remain…
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