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Choosing Sides in the Fight Over Schools

Nov 17, 2008

Photo (cc) Sabine Schmidt What is New York City's high school graduation rate? A. The highest it's ever been. B. 60 percent C. 52 percent D. More than 16 percentage points lower


Schools, Environment Issues in Brownstone District

Nov 01, 2008

Democratic Assemblywoman Joan Millman faces Republican challenger Pedro Monge next week. Millman was recently received a 100 score, which is slightly above average, from the EPL/Environmental Advocates -- an environmental


Veteran Challenges Former Teacher

Nov 01, 2008

Five-term Assemblyman William Colton, running on the Democratic and Working Families Party lines, will face Republican/Conservative challenger Russell Gallo. Colton, a teacher and lifelong resident of the district, was first


First Amendment Rights and the Classroom

Oct 29, 2008

Photo (cc) by Marilyn M In the final days of the hotly contested and contentious presidential campaign, three New York City public school teachers and their union president commenced


And the Winner Is ...

Oct 27, 2008

Congratulations to Amanda DiLodovico, sophomore at Marymount Manhattan College, whose essay about the importance of funding for special education was selected by our readers as the best of the


Educating Children with Special Needs

Oct 20, 2008

This year's election is a rather important one for me because it is the first time I will be of voting age in an election year. With pressing issues being


The Three C's: Condos, Classrooms and Crowding

Sep 02, 2008

Left photo (cc) Barry Yanowitz; Right photo (cc) madabandonThe rise of condos and young families in DUMBO puts a crunch on neighborhood schools. The current flurry of new luxury housing construction


New Bills: Street Vending to School Parking

Jun 23, 2008

Artists in Lower Manhattan fear a so-called totalitarian takeover of their vending privileges. Partygoers in Queens may hail a stricter carbon monoxide detector proposal, and parents might praise a bill