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New York's Children Left Behind?

Jan 07, 2004

 Two years ago this month, on January 8, 2002, President Bush signed into law the No Child Left Behind Act, an extensive revision of the federal education law. The Act


School Contracts: Do They Serve The Students?

Dec 10, 2003

 Last month, the education committee of the New York City Council held a controversial series of hearings examining school system labor agreements, the contracts whose little-known details, or "work rules,"


Obesity And The Schools

Nov 24, 2003

  Walking home from school, fifth-grader Angel Rivera, who is stout and shorter by a head than the three girls he was with, volunteered that he likes the fruit punch best


After School Programs

Nov 10, 2003

 The afterschool program at my daughter’s school, PS 261 in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, is one of the school's strongest selling points. At 3:00 p.m. on Thursdays, when her


The New High Schools Admissions Process

Nov 07, 2003

 By November 14th, thousands of New York City eight graders must submit official applications listing their high school choices. The Department of Education has scheduled new information forums for parents and students in


Class Size Limited By Law?

Oct 06, 2003

 Concerns over the number of students per class took on a new magnitude and urgency last month – and will come even more to the fore next month, when


A National Theater at Ground Zero

Sep 29, 2003

 More than 70 arts groups responded to the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation’s invitation to move to Ground Zero, but the one making headlines came from an


Struggling With Strollers and Schools

Sep 29, 2003

    Allison Woods left Manhattan for upstate New York in 1997. Leaving New York While some New Yorkers are leaving the city, citing bad schools, high housing costs or the daily stresses of


Bake Sales Are Not Enough Anymore

Sep 22, 2003

  Stan Levenson, a fund-raising consultant, often asks audiences at his lectures if they ever hear from the colleges or universities they attended. Of course, the crowd acknowledges. How about private


Challenging A Test The Teachers Must Take

Sep 15, 2003

  At the conclusion of what federal judge Constance Baker Motley described as an "epic trial," discrimination claims brought against New York City's Board of Education and the New York State Education Department