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June 23, 2016
From ABCs to MIT: Brooklyn Tech’s valedictorian helps inspire students at her former middle school
An M.S. 88 graduate comes full circle and tells the class of 2016 how her time there shaped her growth in high school and beyond.
June 9, 2016
Getting black and Hispanic students into specialized schools remains a challenge, even for programs designed to help
A program to promote diversity at the city's specialized schools is actually is helping more white and Asian students get into those schools.
December 11, 2014
Debate over high school admissions test divides City Council
Last December, city officials said they were working to expand access to the SHSAT, though a test-prep program had shrunk.
June 1, 2012
Portrait of a GothamSchools reader: Parent Ayanna Behin
Behin and her son, Asher, read together in his classroom at Williamsburg Northside Preschool, where Behin volunteers frequently. Being an active parent in the New York City public schools is practically a family tradition for GothamSchools reader Ayanna Behin, the winner of our reader survey drawing. Behin's grandmother went to Hunter College High School before continuing onto Hunter College, and her grandfather went to Dewitt Clinton High School in the Bronx before attending New York University and Harvard Law School. “When they were done with high school, they could speak Greek, they could speak Latin," Behin said. "They had poetry galore memorized, they knew how to think, and they had a core knowledge.” But because they were West Indian immigrants, her grandparents' parents had to fight to to keep their children from getting tracked into non-college preparatory classes. “So even then their parents had to go to school and know people,” she said. Behin’s daughter Marley represents the fourth generation in her family to attend New York City public schools (fifth if you count Marley's great-great-grandfather, who went to City College). Marley is a student in the inaugural kindergarten class at Urban Assembly Academy for Arts and Letters in Clinton Hill.
December 14, 2010
Joel Klein promises to leave in January no matter what
Outgoing chancellor Joel Klein at his last Panel for Educational Policy meeting. Schools Chancellor Joel Klein vowed tonight that he will absolutely leave his…
June 22, 2010
Web of lies led one student to city's most coveted arts schools
The city is cracking down on a New Jersey family that illegally enrolled their daughter at two of the city's most competitive public schools. Jill Schifter and Anthony Maulello's daughter won a spot in the Professional Performing Arts School in 2005 and was accepted to the ultra-competitive drama program at LaGuardia High School two years later. But according to a report released today by Special Commissioner of Investigations Richard Condon, Schifter and Maulello live in North Bergen, N.J., not New York City, meaning their daughter wasn't eligible to attend the schools. Investigators responding to an anonymous tip last fall found that the couple had briefly placed utilities accounts at a friend's apartment under their name in order to establish residency after enrolling at PPAS. It was only six months into the investigation, in February 2010, that Maulello signed a lease on an apartment in Manhattan. The city is moving to collect nearly $25,000 from Maulello and Schifter, the art teacher at a Jersey City charter school, according to Department of Education spokeswoman Marge Feinberg. That figure represents five years' worth of the tuition the city requires from public school parents who live outside of the city. (Last year, the city collected $692,895 in tuition, Feinberg said.) According to the regulation about non-resident enrollment, Schifter and Maulello's daughter could also be thrown out of LaGuardia. The story is an extreme example of a not-uncommon phenomenon.
April 14, 2010
More schools to experiment with online work, schedule changes
Chancellor Joel Klein is expanding a pilot program that takes the experiments city schools often conduct behind closed classroom doors and brings them to other schools. Called Innovation Zone, or iZone, the program began this year in ten schools and will grow to include 81 schools next year. At its core is a heavy emphasis on expanding online learning, a major focus of Klein's tenure at the Department of Education. Of the iZone schools, more than half will adopt the "virtual school" model. This involves using online Advanced Placement classes and credit recovery courses or simply combining online work and face-to-face instruction. Six schools will alter their schedules to make the school day or year longer and 35 will begin using software that's designed to change instruction based on how much a student struggles or excels. One of the six schools that will change its schedule next year is P.S. 50, an elementary and junior high school in East Harlem. A spokeswoman for The After School Corporation said the organization is in talks with P.S. 50 to extend the school day to 6 p.m.
March 10, 2010
Finally Doing Something about Specialized High School Admissions
The woefully small percentages of black and Hispanic students at the city's specialized high schools is not a new development, but that doesn't mean we can't do something to change it. Here's my suggestion: The Department of Education should adopt a proportional admissions plan for the exam schools that would offer admission to the highest-scoring students from each of the neighborhoods of the city. An idea whose time has come In 1995, then-Chancellor Ramon Cortines lamented the declining percentages of black and Hispanic students at the city's specialized high schools. At the time, the numbers were actually better than they are now: Bronx Science's enrollment was 10.7% black and 9.2% Hispanic; Stuyvesant's was 4.8% black and 4.3% Hispanic. In 1996, ACORN (well before its recent collapse) published a report, entitled "Secret Apartheid II: Race, Regents and Resources," that analyzed enrollment numbers at Stuyvesant and Bronx Science, the two most selective schools.
December 16, 2009
Following protests, panel meeting is moved to Brooklyn Tech
A meeting to determine the fate of schools marked for closure is being moved from Staten Island to Brooklyn after parents and teachers protested that some would have to travel over two hours to attend. The Panel for Educational Policy meeting, where members will vote on the Department of Education's proposals to close 20 schools, will be held at Brooklyn Technical High School at the same date and time. The majority of the panel's members are appointed by the mayor, and have never voted down any of the department's proposals. "In response to concerns about the location of the January panel meeting, the DOE has decided to hold the meeting at Brooklyn Tech and we will reschedule a meeting in Staten Island at a later date," said DOE spokeswoman Ann Forte.
October 5, 2009
Record-breaking crowds attended city's high school fair
Queens in Brooklyn: The school's fourth floor was turned over to Queens high schools, which are among the most overcrowded in the city. Parents said school safety, AP course offerings, and class size would determine where their children applied. Parents and their middle school students flooded the halls of Brooklyn Technical High School yesterday in search of the perfect high school. Over 34,000 people — up from last year's 32,000 — attended the city's annual high school fair to survey the hundreds of tables and glitter-soaked displays advertising the city's 700 high schools.
December 8, 2008
Inspired by a Chicago example, songs in the key of the DOE
The Chicago Public Schools employee in charge of running a Web site for the district’s alumni recently created an iTunes mix featuring music by…
September 2, 2008
A snapshot of Brooklyn Tech on the first day of school
Scenes this morning from around the perimeter of Brooklyn Tech, the huge specialized high school located in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene neighborhood, highlight the…
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