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A Report Card from Students

Aug 14, 2007

“Everything must be filled out,” yelled my homeroom teacher at Staten Island’s Curtis High School as she passed papers with envelopes down the aisles. “What’s this?” mumbled some students. Others

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Regents Exams and English Language Learners

Aug 13, 2007

Like many of her high school classmates, Sharzina Halim, a senior at Curtis High School in Staten Island, will be taking her Regents exams in early June, and she is

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When Students Need 'Someone to Talk to'

Jul 31, 2007

Our guidance counselor came to the classroom for a brief, and awkward conversation with my English class. One of our schoolmates had committed suicide. It was almost exactly a year

After-School Programs Lose Funds

Jul 30, 2007

Every afternoon during the school year, tens of thousands of New York City children stay after school, and many of them like it. While they enjoy activities, such as arts

Education’s Difficult Stage

Jun 04, 2007

Photo: Ruby Washington/The New York Times On most mornings about 1,000 students show up at I.S 287, the Christa McAuliffe School in Bensonhurst Brooklyn. Whatever gripes they have about

Reorganizing the Schools (Again)

Jan 23, 2007

The adjustments to the city’s school system announced by Mayor Michael Bloomberg in his State of the City More about:city, bloomberg, michael

Military Recruiters In High Schools

Jan 09, 2007

Andrew Morgan was happy that the military had a presence in his high school. Morgan attended Thomas Jefferson High School in Brooklyn, which was named one of the lowest-performing schools

Cops In High Schools

Dec 06, 2006

My school dean and a stern male security guard escorted my friend and me to an empty classroom near the dean's office, then ordered us to put our bags against the wall