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Flaws In The High School Admission Process

Jun 03, 2004

 Roman Kravchenko, an 8th grader in Brooklyn, came to this country two years ago. After one year of English as a Second Language classes at Joseph B. Cavallaro Intermediate School


Teaching Certificates Are Tougher To Get

May 04, 2004

 On a recent Saturday, a young woman passed out free red pencils in front of Bishop Kearney High School to adults filing into the building to take state-required teacher certification


Unemployed Immigrant Tech Professionals

Apr 13, 2004

 For weeks after Natalia Mermelshteyn, an immigrant from western Ukraine, was laid off from her software testing job in downtown Manhattan in 2002, she would buy Russian language newspapers, open


Will Third Graders Learn More Now?

Apr 06, 2004

 A theater adage warns adults they’ll be upstaged if they agree to perform with animals or small children. It has proven true for Diana Lam, the schools’ former Deputy Chancellor. All


Technology In The Schools

Mar 12, 2004

 With broken desks and water fountains, dirty bathrooms and overcrowding, Brooklyn Tech High School does not deserve to be called "high-tech" according to one New York City teen in a multimedia


Adult Education Cuts

Mar 04, 2004

 Efigenia Torres got only as far as the fifth grade in her native Dominican Republic, but thanks to free adult education courses offered by the city, she expects to get


Urban Issues: Education

Feb 23, 2004

 URBAN ISSUES - EDUCATION • Higher Education • No Child Left Behind • Vouchers


Ending Social Promotion, Once Again

Feb 05, 2004

 Last month, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Chancellor Joel Klein announced a new initiative to end "social promotion" in public school. Speaking at the New York Urban League's annual Dr.