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Cell Phone Ban Angers Students

May 22, 2006

On April 26, New York City police officers set up mobile security scanners at the Acorn High School for Social Justice in Brooklyn. They seized 129 cell phones, 10 CD


A Laptop For Every Student?

May 19, 2006

New York City has begun a pilot project to provide laptop computers for every student in seven middle schools on the Upper West Side. During this pilot phase, which will


The City's Resistance to Cutting Class Size

Apr 24, 2006

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his Schools Chancellor Joel Klein have made sweeping changes in the city's schools, but the administration has ignored the number one concern of many parents, teachers


Buildings, But How About Books?

Apr 20, 2006

Is the end actually in sight? Speaking to reporters on April 18, Michael Rebell, a lead attorney for the Campaign for Fiscal Equity, said the case seeking billions more in funding for New


Behind the Dropout Rate

Mar 20, 2006

 Slightly more than half of all New York City high school students graduate on-time, according to the Preliminary Mayor's Management Report, the administration’s accounting of its success and failures. Even


In Defense Of Big Schools

Mar 14, 2006

Seward Park High School Gotham Gazette's Reading NYC Book Club met with author Samuel Freedman, New York Times education columnist, and Jessica Siegel, the


Keeping New Teachers From Dropping Out

Feb 20, 2006

New teachers sink or swim. This is how educators have long characterized entry into the profession. But today the odds of sinking have increased exponentially. In New


Keeping Kids in School

Feb 13, 2006

Najsha Chacon felt discouraged by her class work at crowded Fort Hamilton High School in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. She began missing more and more of her classes, until there seemed


The 37 1/2-Minute Scramble

Feb 10, 2006

For weeks, parents, bus companies, and after-school programs braced for disruptions as the Department of Education prepared to extend the school day for one-third of the city's 1.1 million school children. On February