Students, Teachers Say Roll-Out of New GED Has Been Flawed
They say they haven't had the resources and preparation to gear up for the newer, tougher TASC exam.
In Branch Libraries, Fewer Books But High Demand
Many of the city's branch libraries feature half-empty shelves, reflecting budget constraints more than changing readership demands.
Confusion Over Special Elections in the Bronx
No one knows yet how Governor Cuomo (even the governor himself!) will fill 11 empty seats in the state legislature, including two in the borough.
Budgets Cut, But NYC's Libraries Thrive—For Now
Free access to technology, help for immigrants, a safe space for kids. Branch libraries play an increasingly important role. But funding hasn't kept up. Will the lack of support undermine a critical civic resource?
Sunset Park Cops Aim To Protect Lunar New Year Revelers
It's the time of year to exchange red envelopes containing cash—a signal to thieves and a focus of two Brooklyn precincts.
Initiative to 'End AIDS' Looks for Traction in Albany
Advocates will be listening closely to the governor's budget address to see if the administration responds to their push for a comprehensive effort to effectively end new infections.
New Crime Site Data Needs More Detail
A new tool lets New Yorkers see where the crime is, but supporters of the law that mandated the map want to know more.
Looking After the Welfare of Child Welfare Workers
Burnout among child welfare workers hurts kids in foster care. In 2011, an effort was launched to give New York City caseworkers the support they need to stay on the job.
Advocates to de Blasio: Fix Childcare System
The mayor-elect's campaign was focused on pre-K, but some want a focus on day-care for younger kids. The city's current system has empty seats but also faces overwhelming demand.
New, Tougher GED Has Students Scrambling
With more rigorous standards for the high-school equivalency diplomas set to arrive in 2014—and get harder after that—people are racing to prep for and take the test now.
How Vito Lopez Changed Bushwick
Many think the former assemblyman and powerbroker is a creep. Some hail him as a hero. In Bushwick, his legacy—and the story of his downfall—are more complicated than either label suggests.
Push to Diversify City Contracting Falls Short of Goals
Eight years after the Bloomberg administration began an effort to get minority- and women-owned firms a bigger share of city contracts, targets have not been met. Part 1 of a three-part series.
Minority Contractors Face Hurdles, Flaws in Law
In the city's effort to diversify city contracting, the administration is limited by procurement rules, MWBE firms by their small size and the law itself by the fuzzy process behind the goals it's set. Part II in our series.
NYC's MWBE Push: Cracking Down, Looking Ahead
As local law enforcement follows the feds' lead in going after city contractors that fake working with minority- and women-owned firms, the future of the MWBE program is in a new mayor's hands. Part III of our series.
MWBE Programs Face Court Scrutiny
Cities and states that want to diversify their contractor pool have to prove that genuine disparities exist. Part of our series on New York's M/WBE initiative.
Young Men's Initiative Shows Promise—and Limits
Mayor Bloomberg gets credit for making young black men a government priority. But there are questions about YMI's scope, scale and future funding.
Bronx Voters Skip Ballot Questions in Big Numbers
One in three voters who cast a ballot in the mayoral race didn't weigh in on the ballot questions. In some cases, poll workers may have failed to remind voters to flip their ballots.
The Questions Brownsville Would Ask at Tonight's Debate
If they got the mic, people in and around the Van Dyke Houses would ask about guns, jobs and senior centers.
False Abuse Reports Trouble Child Welfare Advocates
Child protection experts say false, malicious reports of abuse are not uncommon. Efforts to address the problem face complex challenges.
EPA Approves Gowanus Cleanup Plan
The agency's decision—which backtracked on a proposal to store some contaminated material in Red Hook—clears the way for a $506 million cleanup to begin.
City Schools Ask State to Waive Librarian Requirements
Citing fiscal pressure, the schools want to use in-classroom libraries and parent volunteers instead of certified librarians. Critics say kids need more than that.
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