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NYC High School Graduation Rates Reach Record HighCollege readiness among New York City students has doubled and the dropout rate has been cut in half since 2005, which is when the state began releasing city graduation rates.
New York City To Try Longer School Day In 20 Middle SchoolsWill an intensive reading program and an extended school day help Johnny read? City officials hope so. They’re launching a pilot program with 2,000 middle school students to see if it’s an idea whose time has come.
Councilman Proposes A 'Moment Of Silence' In New York City SchoolsIt’s not clear whether it would come before or after the Pledge of Allegiance, but if Brooklyn City Councilman Lew Fidler has his way city students would start their day with a moment of silence.
NYC Third Graders To Read Books About War As Part Of New CurriculumChildren as young as 8 years old could soon be reading books on bombings, weapons and war as part of a new curriculum approved by city and state education officials.
NYC School Bus Service Set To Resume For First Time In A MonthBus drivers and matrons represented by the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1181 suspended their strike on Friday of last week. On Wednesday morning, nearly 150,000 affected students will have service back.
Staten Island Community Education Council Pushing For Guns In SchoolsSome New York City students may soon be getting a lesson in school safety few ever would have imagined.
All But 65 Of New York City's Public Schools To Reopen MondayThe schools that serve New York City's 1.1 million public school students have been closed since Monday. School officials say most of the schools did not sustain storm damage. But some schools experienced flooding and structural damage.
CBS 2 Gets Action In Outcry Over NYC Special Needs Bus ProblemsThe parents of hundreds – and possibly thousands -- of New York City special needs students seem to be caught in school bus chaos. With their ride coming late or not showing up at all parents are left asking “where's that bus?”
Back To Class For New York City Public School StudentsSchools Chancellor Dennis Walcott and Mayor Michael Bloomberg were on hand to welcome back children at the New Settlement Campus in the Bronx.
NYC Public Schools Change 'Discipline Code' To Ease Penalties For Smoking, Cursing, Cutting Class“Our goal is to make sure the schools are providing a safe environment for our students, but also we just don't push students out of the classroom where they're not learning as well,” Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott said.
Fifth Grader Will Be Allowed To Give Speech Supporting Same-Sex Marriage The school's principal barred Kameron Slade from delivering the speech in front of a school-wide assembly, saying it was inappropriate. Instead, he delivered a speech Friday about animal cruelty.
Bloomberg Unveils New State Legislation To Get Accused Predator Teachers Out Of ClassroomsThere was a new move announced Tuesday to give New York City and school districts throughout the state more power to get rid of so-called “perv” teachers. It’s aimed at protecting kids in the classroom.
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