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03.04.15 Prachi Gupta

The city has limited the involvement of police in its new school suspension policy, but a new video by the New York Civil Liberties Union compels one to wonder how in the world this could count as reform. “I’ve had instances where we had police assigned to our building, who I believe overreacted to particular […]

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02.19.15 Kimberley Richards

Despite instructions from federal and state law enforcement agencies, 20 New York school districts have been effectively preventing undocumented immigrant children from enrolling in school. The state attorney general’s office is now requiring these school districts change their enrollment polices, reports the New York Times. The Times in October found that Long Island schools were […]

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01.07.15 Rhett Jones

The Department of Education is expected to announce on Wednesday that it’s lifting a ban on cellphones in New York City schools. The New York Times reports: The ban, which was put in place by former Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, has been unpopular among parents, who worry about not being able to contact their children […]

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08.08.14 Sophie Weiner

This week, the New York Department of Education listed 40 schools in the city as “persistently dangerous.” This was determined by the number of violent incidents vs. the total student population. Of those schools, 17 are in Brooklyn, making it the highest concentration of “dangerous” schools in any borough; 11 of the schools are located in the […]

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04.16.14 Andy Cush

The solar panel-laden behemoth in the rendering above is P.S. 62, a school set to open in Staten Island next year that will allegedly produce more energy than it consumes. How? Well, there are the solar panels, as well as a wind turbine, exercise equipment that generates energy, and geothermal wells for heating and cooling. […]

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04.07.14 Andy Cush

Public middle and high schools in New York are required by state law to provide arts instruction to students, but according to a report from NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer, 20 percent of schools in the five boroughs are failing to do so. Unsurprisingly — given the ways in which city schools are economically segregated — this disproportionately […]

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04.04.14 Andy Cush

A federal court ruled yesterday that the city can uphold a ban on religious services in schools, overturning an earlier decision in which a lower court called such a ban unconstitutional. The religious lobby shouldn’t worry quite yet, however, as it’s not certain that the appeals court’s ruling will have any effect. As the Times points out, […]

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03.27.14 Andy Cush

We already know that NYC’s most elite high schools admit very few black students, and now, a new study shows run-of-the-mill public schools across the state aren’t exactly models of diversity either. In fact, according to a report published by the Civil Rights Project at UCLA, New York has the most racially segregated public schools […]

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03.12.14 Andy Cush

A New York Times story on lack of diversity in the city’s most prestigious high schools highlights just how bad things are. Stuyvesant High, the Lower Manhattan institution that counts acclaimed actors, musicians, and Nobel laureates among its alumni, offered seats to 952 incoming students for the coming school year. Seven of them were black, and 21 […]

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02.14.14 Andy Cush

When Bill de Blasio addressed his decision not to close New York City schools for yesterday’s snowstorm, he pointed to history, noting that the city has only closed schools for snow 11 times since 1978. “Unlike some cities, we don’t shut down in the face of adversity,” he argued. “I’m going to make decisions based […]

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