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.
Obama + Romney = Lesson for Brooklyn Students
How do you get today's high school students engaged in American democracy? One Brooklyn high school math teacher is campaigning to improve civic participation by turning pupils into pollsters.
Class of 2013: Bloomberg's Babies Start Senior Year
In the first installment of a year-long series following members of the final graduating class under Michael Bloomberg, we meet two seniors whose high-school careers reflect the impact of the mayor's reforms.
School Food Deal Lures Firms Linked to Past Probes
A decade ago a federal investigation of school food contracts led to convictions against several firms, and prison terms for some leaders. Now, two companies with links to the episode are bidding to deliver food to New York's students.
DOE Diaspora: NYC School Vets Spread Reforms Nationwide
The impact of Mayor Bloomberg's education reforms is being felt well beyond New York as former DOE aides have taken top jobs in other cities and states.
Mixture of Hope and Concern for City's New Daycare Program
The city hopes EarlyLearn will make for higher-quality city-funded daycare. Despite funding shortages and doubts about the way contracts were awarded, some agencies and advocates believe the program has promise.
Who Killed John Dewey High?
In the '60s it was an ambitious experiment in progressive education. Today John Dewey High graduates its final class after being closed as a failing high school. What led the Gravesend facility from success to shut-down?
World's Greatest Novels—Not At Your Local Library?
A trip to six Brooklyn branch libraries in low-income neighborhoods found that many classic novels are not on the shelves. As budgets tighten and many readers go digital, do these missing titles represent A Brave New World or Darkness at Noon?
React, Reform, Repeat: A Round of Change Faces Family Court
In chapter 5 of our investigation of New York City Family Court, we look at past reform efforts and survey judges, lawyers, advocates and parents on how they think the system could be improved.
A Separate System With Special Rules
A lower threshold for judgment, different standards of evidence, a shift in the burden of proof and no Fifth Amendment protection—these and other features of Family Court set it apart from the rest of the legal system.
'Kinship' Approach Shows Promise
New York recently began trying to get more children who were removed from their homes placed in guardianship relationships with other relatives. While there are potential pitfalls, the approach can save time and money.
Q&A with Family Court’s Top Judge
A conversation with Edwina Richardson-Mendelson a one-time lawyer and then a courtroom judge in Family Court who now oversees the city's system.
Fear of School Closure Is Personal for This Principal
Whether Bed-Stuy's Boys and Girls High School—with its declining enrollment and F ratings—survives is not just a professional concern for Principal Bernard Gassaway. His classroom roots, his former marriage, his career ambitions are all tied to the building on Fulton Street.
Brooklyn Students Press for Dream Act
College students are pressing the state legislature to pass a New York version of an idea that's stalled at the federal level: Giving undocumented immigrant students a chance at a career in America.
Who's Afraid of NYU? School's Neighbors Air Gripes
In its push to expand, the school faces residual distrust from earlier development projects. We visited two recent university construction sites to see what it's like to be NYU's next-door neighbor.
Brooklyn Bureau: NYPD Towers May Defuse Cop, Community Friction
Some Brooklynites who live and work near the borough’s two police watchtowers say the observation posts are affecting more than the incidence of crime.
Brooklyn Library Facing Lower Budget, Higher Demand
Despite the Internet age and the e-book craze, Brooklyn's libraries are seeing increasing usage. But budget cuts are one challenge the system might not be able to surmount.
Leasing Rules Eyed After Toxic School's Closure
When a Bronx school shut this summer because of contamination, parents of students who'd attended the site over the past two decades worried about their children's health—and wondered why the problem wasn't detected earlier.
Science and Politics Collide in Medgar Evers Faculty Split
Instructors at the Brooklyn college are divided over how to improve poor graduation numbers—and on whether the faculty on hand are qualified to operate a new science center.
Flat Gains on U.S. Tests Clash with Picture of Progress in NYC
New York school officials claim city students are making consistent gains, even in the face of national scores that suggest little progress over the past two years.
From Buses to Special Ed, Contractors' Role in Schools Questioned
Many private firms' projects in city schools have not been "disasters." But that doesn't mean these multimillion-dollar projects are the best way for a school system to spend its money.
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