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An education U-turn
June 20, 2017
Mayor Bill de Blasio has made many education promises. Here’s what he’s delivered so far — and what he hasn’t
With the mayoral election approaching, we've taken stock of de Blasio's progress on education.
Practice Makes Perfect
March 16, 2015
Colorado students show lawmakers their policy chops
Students presented their recommendations on policy issues ranging from water to human trafficking to state legislators as part of the Colorado Youth Advisory Council.
December 5, 2013
Shelby County Schools closed Friday due to inclement weather
Shelby County Schools and offices will be closed Friday because of inclement weather. Forecasters are predicting a possible ice storm with temperatures dipping to 17 degrees.
November 19, 2013
Shelby students form congress to help advise board, superintendent
Shelby County’s school board will consider next month whether to approve a new student congress. The congress, made up of middle and high school…
January 4, 2012
In annual address, Cuomo appoints himself students' lobbyist
Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivering the State of the State address in Albany today Students have a new representative in Albany: Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Right now, Cuomo is delivering his second State of the State address, titled "Building a New New York ... with you." Education issues account for one and a half of the speech's 33 pages of prepared remarks. As expected, the governor is calling for an education commission to propose reforms to the state's education system. That commission will look for ways to boost "teacher accountability and student achievement" and "management efficiency" — both topics Cuomo targeted during his first address a year ago — and will work with the legislature. He's also appointing himself chief lobbyist for students, calling them the only group in schools that don't employ lobbyists of their own. "This year, I will take a second job — consider me the lobbyist for the students," he says in the prepared remarks, which he has been known to depart from. "I will wage a campaign to put students first, and to remind us that the purpose of public education is to help children grow, not to grow the public education bureaucracy." Some educators are already taking umbrage at the idea that students' interests aren't being represented.
March 19, 2009
Maxwell Ericson, an 8th grader at a demanding Manhattan middle school, effortlessly argues in a fashion fit for a president, has ample knowledge of the Roman art of war, and believes that Dante's "Inferno" would be the best horror movie yet. Almost every aspect of Maxwell's demeanor screams, "I am a smart and interesting person." And yet his report card is screaming in mediocrity. Maxwell's case is not uncommon. Many of those whose intelligence is not reflected perfectly in the way schools grade students go unrecognized, at least in school. Historians say that Einstein was a moderate student, with the average mark on his report cards corresponding to the grade "good," not excellent. This makes an appealing story for all misunderstood geniuses, but not every Einstein gets acknowledged eventually. We automatically assume that gifted students will eventually find their way, on their own — they're smart, right? But unrefined intelligence is like a muscle. If it's not used often, it will have trouble emerging to its full power. So when schools don't sufficiently encourage personal curiosity, students lose out in the long run, because they will be less able to start using their potential later.
December 12, 2008
Students at CIS 339 live-blog their school's Parent Expo
When all the other high schools closed, they did so in stages, so that students already enrolled could stay put until they graduated, rather than have to start at a new school in the middle of their four years. But when the Agnes Humphrey School for Leadership, a progressive school that is the only high school in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn, closes its doors at the end of this year, it will be for good. And it will do so without ever having graduated a single student. The unprecedented move is upsetting some parents and teachers, who worry that students will drop out rather than finding a new high school.
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