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Education Policy

Parents Battle City Schools for Special Ed Services

Sometimes the fight's over classroom setting, sometimes over a child eating their meals through a straw. Often it involves lawyers, frantic parents and a strained school system.

Why Charter Schools Have High Teacher Turnover

While some statistics are disputed, the high rates of teacher attrition at charter schools raise questions about whether even the most successful ones can maintain quality amid the churn.

Getting Kids Ready for College, Beyond the Classroom

“College readiness” is the new education buzzword. But being prepared for college is about more than academic training, especially for kids who are the first in their families to attend.

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.

Frustration at Lack of Sites to Ease School Crowding in Sunset Park

Some parents are willing to look at locations on the west side of hazardous Third Avenue, while others want the city to consider using eminent domain.

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.

The Next 'Education Mayor?' De Blasio Vs. Lhota on Schools

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.

Central Brooklyn Parents Face School Choices, Disparities

In community school district 17, school closures, charter schools and tough discipline aren't just grounds for debate: They're the reality that face parents advocating for their children.

Graduation Day: Bloomberg's Babies Grow Up

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.

New Charter High School Will Be Closed to Transfer Students

The DOE is planting seeds for charters to expand in city schools even after Mayor Bloomberg leaves office. But some of the new resources will only be open to those who won charter lotteries in the early grades.

DOE Head Says Funding Discrepancies Overblown

Meeting with parents in East New York, Chancellor Walcott said that while the state was still shortchanging the city, inequities in city funding have been resolved.

Class of 2013: Tech Students Eye Careers As Reforms Stall

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.

Class of 2013: Life in the Sweet Spot

Amid the debate over whether small high schools have fixed—or added to—problems with large city high schools, four students at "Tele" are happy to be stuck in the middle.

Charters Target Middle-Class Brooklyn

Originally launched to offer more choice to low-income parents in poorly served neighborhoods, charter schools are increasingly targeting more affluent students in areas that have lots of school options.

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.

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?

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.

2 Schools, 1 Space: Scars Linger from Controversy on Adelphi Street

The elementary school and the middle school shared a building without strife. But when one school felt compelled to grow, tensions arose around race, class and space.


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Testing and Other Reforms Squeeze Schools Arts - Jarrett Murphy

A report by the city comptroller finds steep disparities in arts education throughout the DOE. A City Limits investigation last year reported that many aspects of education reform worked to squeeze out the arts.

A Reading List for De Blasio's New Schools Chancellor - Jarrett Murphy

City Limits' award-winning education coverage touches on some of the key issues Carmen Farina will face.

Watch Our Filmstrip: Bloomberg and the Schools - Jarrett Murphy

City Limits offers its take on the mayor's complex education legacy in this homage to the old-fashioned school filmstrip—complete with corny narration and, yes, the beep.

Beyond Elites, College Readiness Is Low - Helen Zelon

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.

Closing Schools More Poor, Less White - Jarrett Murphy

Schools the Bloomberg administration has targeted for closure have student populations demographically different from the average facility. And many had absorbed an increasing number of struggling students.

Schools Targeted for Closure Serve Kids with Higher Needs - Helen Zelon

Schools on the new DOE closure list serve more low-income, special ed and English-learning students than the system as a whole. Is the city simply fighting for poor kids to get the best, or applying unfair expectations in a way that disrupts students' lives?

School Progress Reports Suggest Grad Rate Trouble Ahead - Helen Zelon

The DOE's report cards are out for high schools. Amid higher standards, fewer schools notched the highest grades. With graduation criteria about to tighten, what do the numbers bode for the class of 2012 and beyond?

Cheat Sheet for Parents: Understanding School Progress Reports - Helen Zelon

The grades are out, and so is the list of schools that might close because of them. But what's the difference between an A and a B when the DOE grades its 1,700 schools?

New Graduation Numbers Show Growth, Gaps - City Limits

The state released new statistics on high school graduation rates. New York City's improved once again, but a new measure of college readiness suggests huge challenges remain.

Searching For Stability At Robeson High - City Limits

Watch a video interview about the challenges confronting one Brooklyn High School: A dwindling student population, reduced class offerings and the third principal in about a year.

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CONVERSATIONS/OPINONS

NYC Needs More College Counselors

By Beth Zasloff and Joshua Steckel

NYC Needs More College Counselors

The school system has made college readiness a priority. A key—and often missing—ingredient to a successful transition to college is for kids to have some guidance getting there.

NYC's Silent Infrastructure Challenge: Aging Public Buildings

By Adam Forman

NYC's Silent Infrastructure Challenge: Aging Public Buildings

When New Yorkers think about aging infrastructure, bridges, roads and pipes come to mind. But schools, hospitals, jails and other public buildings aren't getting any younger, either.

Demography & Destiny: College Readiness in New York

By Norm Fruchter

Demography & Destiny: College Readiness in New York

When Mayor Bloomberg took charge of New York's schools, he highlighted wide racial gaps in school achievement as a rationale for reform. A new study finds those disparities persist—and suggests ways to address them.

The GED: Public Good or Private Sector Trove?

By Lazar Treschan

The GED: Public Good or Private Sector Trove?

A private corporation has just taken over the test that millions use to attain credentials outside of high school. Amid talk of rising fees, it's time for the city to step up for students counting on the GED.

Report From Lockdown High: Fear Vs. Facts On School Safety

By Annette Fuentes

Report From Lockdown High: Fear Vs. Facts On School Safety

An excerpt from a new book arguing that “punitive, zero tolerance strategies”—from metal detectors to clothing bans—aren't as effective as their popularity suggests.

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MULTIMEDIA

Educational Attainment in the Bronx

This infographic chart, produced by the Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness (www.icphusa.org) showcases educational attainment in the Bronx for adults (25 years and older).

Educational Attainment in New York City | Most Common Level Among Adults 25 and Older

An in-depth look at New York City's Most Common Educational Levels among Adults 25 and Older, produced by the Institute for Children, Poverty & Homelessness (www.icphusa.org)

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PHOTO SLIDESHOWS

Beyond CityTime

An Investigation of Private Consultants in the Bloomberg Administration

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