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De Blasio Promises To Cut Red Tape For Special-Ed Reimbursements

Mayor Bill de Blasio vowed Tuesday to try to quickly settle reimbursement claims from parents of special-education students who are forced to attend private schools.

06/24/2014

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Mayor Bill De Blasio: Admissions Process At Elite High Schools Needs Change

De Blasio said Tuesday he agrees that the schools should not accept students based solely on admission test results.

06/17/2014

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NYC Public School Principals Slam State English Tests

Principals at some three dozen New York City public schools led protests Friday against this year’s New York state English tests, which they said were poorly designed and confusing.

04/11/2014

New York City schools Chancellor Carmen Farina. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

NYC Schools Chancellor: Students Won’t Be Held Back Over Test Scores Alone

Chancellor Carmen Farina says New York City’s school system will de-emphasize the importance of standardized test scores in deciding which students must repeat a grade.

04/09/2014

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Advocates Rally At DOE Headquarters Against ‘Unfair’ Charter School Co-Locations

Co-location opponents said charter schools are crowding out existing schools and hurting students who are already there.

04/08/2014

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Report: NYC Public Schools Have Seen 10 Student Suicides In 7 Weeks

New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina said she feels “heartsick” over the fact that 10 public school students have committed suicide since she took office less than two months ago.

03/23/2014

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Exclusive: Bus Route Changes Left Special Needs Students Stranded, Stuck On Buses

Several children were left standing at the curb Monday or had to endure two-hour bus rides because drivers were assigned to new routes that they weren’t familiar with.

02/25/2014

Marcella Sills

Termination Recommended For Far Rockaway Principal After Investigation

Marcella Sills of PS 106 is accused of a list of offenses, including allegedly asking staffers to falsify timecards to cover what is being called a long-standing habit of her chronic absences and leaving work on the sly.

02/18/2014

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Mother: Bronx Teacher Sexually Harassed 12-Year-Old Girl

Stephanie Gibbs said that on Friday Miguel Tactuk, a seventh-grade teacher at Junior High School 232, first called her 12-year-old daughter, Kayla, an “ogre.”

01/29/2014

PS 106 in Far Rockaway, Queens (credit: schools.nyc.gov)

DOE Investigating Far Rockaway School Over Allegations Of Lavish Party, Lack Of Textbooks

The school is still struggling to recover from superstorm Sandy, much like many of the families. PS 106 lost a building to the Oct. 2012 storm and students still attend class in trailers.

01/13/2014

Charter school proponents rally at City Hall on Jan. 7, 2014. (credit: courtesy of Families for Excellent Schools)

Parents Rally Against Lawsuit That Threatens Charter Schools

If successful, a lawsuit by city officials and activists would be a setback for countless charter school students, some parents say.

01/07/2014

Carmen Farina (credit: CBS 2)

NYC Schools Chancellor Greets Staff, Talks Collaboration

The new head of New York City’s schools met some of her staffers on Monday, telling them she wanted them to focus on communication, collaboration and on what’s working in the education system.

01/06/2014

Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio speaks to supporters after winning on Nov. 5, 2013. (credit: Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

De Blasio: Landslide Win Is ‘Clear Mandate’ For Education Reform

Bill de Blasio says his landslide in this month’s New York City mayoral election entitles him to support from Albany to enact sweeping reforms to the city’s schools.

11/25/2013

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Parents At Bronx School Outraged Over Lack Of Communication About Suspected MRSA

Officials were concerned that the bacterial infection Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus, better known as MRSA, turned up at the Lewis and Clark Special Education School on Tratman Avenue on Tuesday.

11/14/2013

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NYC High School Progress Reports Released, Show Consistent School Performance

This year’s A-through-F “progress reports” for schools will likely be the last, since Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio has said the formula is too simplistic. The letter grades were ushered in by Mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2007 in an effort to hold schools accountable for student performance.

11/13/2013

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