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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.

Questionable Claims by Anti-Drug Program

In at least two recent sessions, a drug education program associated with the Church of Scientology that has visited dozens of New York City schools and programs made medically unfounded statements about drugs.

College Readiness: One Star Student's Struggle

Shevanna Cole's high-school performance was so sound it got her on NY1 and into a private college. But that didn't mean the transition to undergraduate life was easy.

New Scrutiny of City's Library Trustees

The trustees of the city's library systems oversee more than 200 branches and the spending of hundreds of millions of city dollars. How representative of the city are they?

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.

Libraries Get Millions to Fix Buildings, Need More

The proposed city budget includes more than $500 million in capital funds for the city's library systems. But with dozens of aging buildings in the branch network, the needs go deeper.

Success, Struggle as Library Branches Fill Gap in Services

The city's library branches offer a dizzying array of services, from job-search help to literacy lessons to fiction writers' circles. But limits on space and money could hamper the systems' ability to reach potential.

De Blasio Era Doesn't Discourage Bronx Charter School Applicant

A New Jersey charter chain is looking to launch a school in the Belmont section of the Bronx. It will avoid the co-location controversy, but has encountered others in its past.

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.

State Grant Helps 2 Sunset Park After-School Sites

The community school model—in which schools are used as a hub to address a range of community needs—is already in use in the neighborhood.

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?

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.

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.

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.

Class in the Classroom: The Income Gap and NYC's Schools

It's well known that wealthy kids outperform poor kids in school, but now the rich are also pulling away from middle-class students. Why? And is class or race the key factor in how NYC school kids perform?

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.

The 2013 Primary Candidates on Education

To date, the New York City mayoral hopefuls have been far more critical than constructive on education. But they are starting to air their own views on an increasing number of educational issues.


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Cautionary Tales on Charter Schools from Outside NYC - Jarrett Murphy

Corruption allegations in Hartford and Albuquerque and a relentless push for for-profit charters in Dallas highlight problems that New York's charter-school surge has largely avoided.

Several Members of Queens Library Board Forced Out - Jarrett Murphy

The library system, which has been under scrutiny over perks given to its director, wouldn't say which ones.

In Quest for Art Supplies, Teachers Get Creative - Estelle Cottingham

Today, reused chains and recycled plastic lids sit in a warehouse in Queens. Next fall they'll be used for school art projects in an improving—but still tight—funding environment.

The Bigger Picture on School Crowding - Jarrett Murphy

A report by the city comptroller highlights deficiencies in how the city responds to space squeezes. What's the long-term outlook for the scarcity of school seats?

Beep Wants More Arts Ed - Estelle Cottingham

The Manhattan borough president wants the DOE to do a better job tracking arts education in the schools—and a better job supporting it.

Libraries Fall Short in Push for Budget Windfall - Jarrett Murphy

The city's four library systems had hoped for a $65 million addition to the baseline budget. They instead received a more modest increase.

Libraries Pledge Big Expansion if City Boosts Funding - Jarrett Murphy

The city's three library systems promise to hire nearly 800 people, expand hours and introduce new programs if the city boosts their funding by $65 million over what Mayor de Blasio has proposed.

Students Weigh in on CUNY Tuition Hike - Omar Cintron

What does a $300 tuition hike mean? We asked the students who'll be paying it.

Update: Corrected Library Budget Numbers - Jarrett Murphy

When pre-payment is taken into account, the current year's budget and Mayor de Blasio proposed fiscal 2015 spending are almost identical.

See the Outlines of the New Teachers' Contract - Jarrett Murphy

The deal includes changes to teacher training, parent involvement and school innovation. The retroactive pay and raises over nine years are funded by healthcare efficiencies for which approval is still pending..

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.

Library Budget Hearing, Beyond the Galante Controversy - Jarrett Murphy

Read key briefing material on the financial situation confronting the city's research and branch libraries.

City Libraries Target Jailed Readers - Jarrett Murphy

The man in charge of the Brooklyn Library's correctional services talks about the challenges of providing books to an incarcerated customer base.

Should NYC's Libraries Spend More On Books? - Jarrett Murphy

A look at how the New York, Queens and Brooklyn systems compare to other major library networks.

Tech Schools Offer Chance to Boost Graduation: Report - Jarrett Murphy

The biggest problem with the city's Career and Technical Education schools, finds a new report, is that there are too few of them.

Libraries Look to Life Beyond the Budget Dance - Jarrett Murphy

A baselined budget doesn't mean there aren't big challenges for the city's three systems.

Geoffrey Canada, Frequent City Limits Subject, Stepping Down - Jarrett Murphy

The Harlem Children's Zone CEO both wrote and starred in articles in our magazine, including a 2010 report that examined the accomplishments of the HCZ effort.

Your Turn: The Top 25 Books that Changed History - Jarrett Murphy

Tell us what you think of this list of earth-shattering titles.

Stringer to Audit City's Libraries - Jarrett Murphy

In the wake of reports about questionable spending in the Queens system, the comptroller said he wants to check the books of all three library networks.

Queens BP Wants Council Inquiry on Library Spending - Jarrett Murphy

Amid reports about big spending on salary and offices for the system's top exec, Melinda Katz endorsed calls for a Council probe and promised to do some digging of her own.

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CONVERSATIONS/OPINONS

Educating Kids ... By Educating Parents, Too

By John Sanchez

Educating Kids ... By Educating Parents, Too

By helping parents learn English, encouraging home literacy and fostering school engagement, one program is finding that increasing educational attainment is a family affair.

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.

Libraries and City Schools Need a Closer Partnership

By Tricia Davies

Libraries and City Schools Need a Closer Partnership

The author suggests that underutilized hours at branch libraries overlap with times when neighborhood schools could use more and better-equipped space.

Is Teacher Training the Answer to Failing Schools?

By Sean Lords

Is Teacher Training the Answer to Failing Schools?

Pundits say more teaching training is what's needed to improve America's schools. But what does good teacher training look like? And is it the way to address obstacles—like, say, poverty—that impede some students?

Can School Reform be Reformed?

By Basil Smikle, Jr.

If mayoral candidates promising a change in school policy are short on specifics, that might be because reversing the Bloomberg reforms will be require a delicate touch.

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Gun Manufactured or Imported for Domestic Sale

Gun Manufactured or Imported for Domestic Sale. Research assistance for this project was provided by Arielle Concilio.

The Great New York Giveaway

The city's zoning laws still bend and stretch to meet the needs of developers

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