back to school
Mayor Bill de Blasio kicked off the school year by touting the city’s universal pre-K program, expressing concern about school diversity, and promising to unveil more education policy changes in September. Chalkbeat, Politico New York, Wall Street Journal, SchoolBook, New York Daily News, NY1, DNAinfo, Staten Island Advance In his second year in charge of city schools, Mayor Bill de Blasio and his administration are under pressure to make student achievement improvements at struggling schools, writes the Daily News editorial board.
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a five-borough tour
Chancellor Carmen Fariña spent her 50th first day of school traversing New York’s five boroughs, showing off schools that highlight her favored initiatives: “community schools,” dual-language programs, the city’s school-turnaround program, and pre-kindergarten.
Chalkbeat, New York Daily News, DNAinfo The Daily News praised Fariña’s reinforcement that the Common Core standards are crucial to prepare students for college and that opting out of state exams is unacceptable.
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on the ground perspective
Here’s a glimpse at what the first day of school looked like in four different classrooms, where the way students interact in the halls and answer writing prompts, how teachers decorate their classrooms and respond to misbehavior, all give clues about the coming year.
Chalkbeat For some students and families, the first day of school is marked with uncertainty of time spent at the city’s temporary registration centers trying to find a school to attend for the year.
New York Times Parents of students who attend some of the city’s lowest-performing schools said that the de Blasio administration is not doing enough to turn the schools around.
New York Post In multiple collections of photos, take a look at what the first day of school looked like throughout New York City.
SchoolBook, DNAinfo, Staten Island Advance
More than 4,000 students went back to school at the John F. Kennedy High School campus in Marble Hill on Wednesday, just weeks after the building was damaged in a gas explosion.
About 30 percent of city schools reported some form of bullying incident to the state during the 2013-14 school year, but the 10 schools with the highest number of incidents (eight of which are charter schools) represented 20 percent of all reported bullying occurrences.
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IMPROVING EDUCATION AT YESHIVAS
In a comprehensive look at the uphill battle to improve secular education at chasidic yeshivas, Jewish Week and WNYC investigate the long-standing neglect of yeshivas teaching students basic English and math and the city’s new focus on holding them accountable.
A NEW MENTOR
At Jordan L. Mott Middle School in the South Bronx, a Chabad Hasid named Tuvia Tatik has made a significant impact on student behavior and discipline as seventh-grade dean.
HARD DRUGS IN RIVERDALE
At a city school serving middle and high school students in Riverdale, there has been a spike in regular use of heroin and opioid-based drugs by students.
In time for the start of the school year, the city transportation department installed speed cameras at 140 school zones, up from only 20 cameras last fall.