Patrick Wall

Number of Black and Hispanic Students Winning Seats at NYC's Elite High Schools Drops Once Again

Despite sustained pressure on the city to increase diversity to the city’s most elite public high schools, the already-small number of black and Hispanic students winning seats fell this year, highlighting Mayor Bill de Blasio’s struggle to fulfill his promise to make those schools’ populations more reflective of the city.

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4 Sobering Facts About Homeless Students

That was the theme of a [New York] City Council hearing Thursday where lawmakers questioned education department officials about how they are supporting the more than 86,000 district and charter school students who live in temporary housing — a 25 percent increase since 2010. Of those students, over 23,000 live in homeless shelters.

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New York Mayor Approves Plan to Diversify Some City Schools

The city will allow seven schools to change their admissions policies to make sure they enroll a diverse mix of students, sources said Thursday, more than a year after a group of principals began lobbying to do so.

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For Two Sharply Divided Manhattan Schools, an Uncertain Path to Integration

The two schools sit nine blocks apart on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, but it’s as if they occupy different universes.

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Responding to Complaint, New York City Vows to Investigate Secular Learning at 39 Jewish Schools

With its pre-kindergarten expansion underway and its school-turnaround program under pressure to perform, New York City has its hands full with its own schools.

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Open Revolt: New York City's Test-Boycott Movement Is Small But Growing

As students wrapped up this [month’s] state English exams, advocates said more city parents than ever refused to let their children take the tests at schools with active “opt-out” movements, while other parents brought the boycott to schools that are new to the cause.

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After Ferguson, NYC School Trains Students on How to Deal With Police

When students at the East Side Community School were trained Tuesday on how to behave during police stops, many found the information all too handy.

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Special-Education Overhaul Leaves Schools Struggling to Keep Up

From the moment they met him, the staff at School of the Future were concerned about Joseph.

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The Battle Over Public Schools Moves to Center Stage in New York City as New Leader Challenges Privatization Agenda

The populist poetry of Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s campaign has officially entered prose mode with his appointment of Carmen Fariña as chancellor.

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