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PS 207 in Howard Beach is one of 7 NYC public schools still without a working fire alarm system a year after Sandy's floodwaters destroyed the wiring. (credit: CBS 2)

7 NYC Public Schools Still Without Working Fire Alarms A Year After Sandy Hit

A crew of fire watchmen — hired for this purpose only — are positioned on every floor to literally sniff for smoke and alert school officials and the fire department in case of a fire.

10/28/2013

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UFT Survey: Hundreds Of Thousands Of Kids In Overcrowded Classrooms

UFT president Michael Mulgrew said Cardozo High School in Queens tops the list with 385 overcrowded classes. In all, the survey found 6,313 overcrowded classes, 180 more than last year.

09/26/2013

Joel Morales (credit: Juliet Papa/1010 WINS)

Mother Of Suicide Victim Hopes Lawsuit Will Stop Bullying

The grieving mother of an East Harlem boy said bullies drove her son to suicide, and she has decided to take a stand – starting with the parents of bullies.

08/28/2013

Joel Morales (credit: Juliet Papa/1010 WINS)

Family Files Lawsuit Against City, Alleged Bullies Over Boy’s Suicide

Family members say Joel Morales, 12, killed himself at his home last year because he had been repeatedly picked on by other students because he was small and sometimes stuttered.

08/27/2013

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Bronx H.S. Teacher Arrested, Charged With Raping Student

According to police, Brian Kearins, 33, was arrested just after midnight on charges of rape, criminal sex act and endangering the welfare of a child. His victim was a 16-year-old girl, police said.

06/26/2013

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Glitch May Delay Some NYC Graduating Seniors From Getting Diploma On Time

The city awarded McGraw-Hill a $10 million contract to collect, scan and send the Regents exams to graders electronically. But the system has been exceedingly slow, some teachers said.

06/20/2013

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City, Teachers’ Union Praise State-Imposed Teacher Evaluation System

The evaluation plan incorporates student test scores, principal observations and other data. Twenty percent of each score will be determined by “locally selected measures” that individual schools can set.

06/02/2013

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Court Finds Teacher Who Called Students ‘Devil’s Spawn’ In Online Rant Should Keep Job

The finding of a state appellate panel upheld a lower court ruling that Christine Rubino was entitled to keep her job.

05/09/2013

SEIU 32BJ union president Hector Figueroa speaks at news conference announcing findings of school facilities report, May 8, 2013. (credit: Paul Murnane/WCBS 880)

Report Blasts Bloomberg Administration For Schools In Disrepair

A city union is using language from the city’s own inspections to detail what it calls decaying schools in the poorest neighborhoods.

05/08/2013

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Quinn Calls For Big Expansion Of Gifted And Talented Program In City Schools

Under the proposals she outlined, the City Council speaker would double the number of schools for high performing students, add thousands of seats to existing programs and loosen admissions requirements in some neighborhoods.

05/07/2013

Bronx P.S. 51

Former Students, Parents Await Answers On Toxic Chemicals At Shuttered Bronx School

The New York State Department of Health has released disturbing new information about a former Bronx elementary school, which was closed two years ago because of contamination.

05/01/2013

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Parents Irate Over NYC DOE Plan To Give Student Data To Nonprofit Organization

Furious parents gathered on Monday night to blast the New York City Department of Education’s plans to allow a nonprofit organization to collect student data, including personal and health information.

04/29/2013

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Graphic Fight Between Lower Manhattan High School Girls Caught On Video

A graphic video has surfaced, showing a fight between two girls at a public high school in Lower Manhattan.

04/21/2013

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Bloomberg: Schoolchildren Come Out On Top With End Of Bus Strike

The Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1181 ended its walkout on Friday evening after union leaders were assured by prospective New York City mayoral candidates that their concerns about job protection would be heard after this year’s election. They went on strike Jan. 16.

02/19/2013

P.S. 191 (credit: schools.nyc.gov)

Elected Officials Angry Over City’s Plan To Sell Schools To Developers

Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott noted that any new construction would require the developers to build cutting-edge schools for free on the lower floors of whatever structure they put up.

02/18/2013

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