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A School’s Closure Leaves a Coach Unsure of the Future

A School’s Closure Leaves a Coach Unsure of the Future

  Johnny Mathis sprawls across the bright red bleachers, his six-foot-seven frame spilling over the narrow gymnasium seats. He’s at home here in “Gym no. 2” of the John F. Kennedy Educational Campus in the Bronx, but it’s not just because he’s been the boys varsity basketball coach for the championship-winning Kennedy Knights for the  Read more »

Charter Schools in New York: Small but Growing

Charter Schools in New York: Small but Growing

Even before she approached the microphone at the side of the auditorium, Julia Daniely, president of the Teachers-Parent Association at IS 303, knew she had the support of her Brooklyn community. “Is not that we don’t want to share,” she said. “But if we give up the space, our children lose.” Daniely presented Schools Chancellor  Read more »

With No State Tests, An Alternative School Puts Unique Spin on Fundamentals

With No State Tests, An Alternative School Puts Unique Spin on Fundamentals

Gail Lemelbaum’s Shakespeare class doesn’t so much begin as it does tumble into a loosely organized gathering of people required to be in the same room. Students arrive late, others have headphones on, and almost all of them are gabbing loudly to each other amid a post-lunch rush of energy. Instead of the class officially  Read more »

States Adopt Common Standards, Shaking Up Teachers and Publishers

The common core is accelerating changes in the industry that were first caused by the economy, creating more opportunities for smaller companies to produce and sell successful textbooks and changing the way lessons are taught.

Struggling Charter Gets New Operator In City First

In what is being touted as a first for New York state, a struggling charter school will be kept open next year with an entirely new operator at its helm. The SUNY Board of Trustees voted unanimously on March 22 to allow Democracy Prep Public Schools to take over the administration of Harlem Day Charter  Read more »

Parents Scramble As Major Day Care Cuts Loom

Parents Scramble As Major Day Care Cuts Loom

While two-year-old Aidan sat on a red kiddie chair front of a classroom at Grand Street Settlement Child Care Center watching 101 Dalmatians, Edna Varela, his 28-year-old mother, explained the impact of a disconcerting letter she received in February. “I can’t work and not have day care,” says Varela, whose family emigrated from Mexico in  Read more »