New Yorkers are giving Mayor Michael Bloomberg mixed grades in his handling of public schools, according to a Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday.
The national NAEP scores released last month showed that just over one-third of all public school students were proficient in reading. In math, 40 percent of the fourth-graders and 35 percent of the eighth-graders had reached that level.
A report released today by the city’s Independent Budget Office states that students who are absent five or fewer days each year pass tests at a rate more than double that of students who miss 21 or more days a year.
After 20 years, mandatory sex education is back in New York City public schools. Starting in the spring, kids as young as 11 will be learning about the birds and bees, even how to use condoms.
In New York City, 43.9 percent of students met or exceeded the English proficiency standard. That’s up from 42.4 percent last year. In math, 57.3 percent of city students were proficient, up from 54 percent last year.
The battle between public and charter schools is boiling over in Newark.
Two Connecticut legislative committees are endorsing a proposal that would require at least one carbon monoxide detector in every public and private school building.
Nationwide, 33 percent of fourth graders and 29 percent of eighth graders showed proficiency. In New York State, proficiency was shown by 30 percent and 31 percent, respectively.
Education officials in New York City are concerned that some public schools may be manipulating grades to cover up lackluster performance.
In this Eye on New York segment, CBS 2′s Marcia Kramer examines the status of New York’s education and interviews New York’s Deputy Mayor for Education, Dennis Walcott, on just how “painful” the cuts to New York City public schools will be.
Critics of Mayor Bloomberg’s pick for schools chancellor said Cathie Black’s lack of educational experience or background made her an inappropriate choice for the job.
There is a growing movement to test hundreds of New York City schools for toxic chemicals. The push comes after three schools showed alarmingly high levels of PCB.