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Articles, Investigations and Blogs

New ACS Commissioner Gladys Carrión talks about juvenile justice, foster care and how to improve her agency's reputation among the families it serves.



The Close to Home initiative was supposed to move detained kids to less restrictive settings and improve their ability to complete their education. That hasn't happened.



Mayor Bloomberg gets credit for making young black men a government priority. But there are questions about YMI's scope, scale and future funding.



A guide to the soundbites we're likely to hear, the backstories we need to know and the snacks, drinks and music we'll require to get through the third de Blasio-Lhota faceoff.



By limiting enrollment—and therefore eliminating the schools' commitment to accept all neighborhood kids who wanted to come—DOE says it will improve students' options.



Sizing up what each man has in mind for New York's 1 million public-school students—and, through our totally unscientific street-corner poll, what New York voters think of the candidates' plans.



In the final installment of our Class of 2013 series, we watch the seniors we've met this year as they leave New York City public schools for the big, "real" world.



In our year-long series on the Bloomberg administration's final high-school class, we meet students at a Career and Technical high school in Staten Island.



In his annual address, Mayor Bloomberg touted increased college readiness in the city's high schools. But more than half the students deemed college ready attend New York's top-ranked facilities.



Meet some of the students at the Taft complex in the Bronx. They're proud of the challenges they've surmounted. In fact, some would have liked a few more.



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