With less than a month before students return to school, not all families count down with excitement to the first day of classes. Continue reading
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The principal of Wadleigh Secondary School for the Performing and Visual Arts told faculty members and students Thursday that she is leaving the school at the end of next week. Continue reading
The city’s Special Commissioner of Investigation Wednesday released its report on the drowning of a student during a class trip to a Long Island beach, and the Department of Education has fired the Harlem teacher who organized the outing. Continue reading
On Oct. 3, 2008, Eva Moskowitz, a former city councilwoman and head of four charter schools in Harlem, e-mailed schools Chancellor Joel Klein for help.
Moskowitz wanted more space to expand her Harlem Success academies and she had two specific public school buildings in mind. Continue reading
Hundreds of New York City public school teachers accused of offenses ranging from insubordination to sexual misconduct are being paid their full salaries to sit around all day playing Scrabble, surfing the Internet or just staring at the wall, if that’s what they want to do.
Because their union contract makes it extremely difficult to fire them, the teachers have been banished by the school system to its “rubber rooms” — off-campus office space where they wait months, even years, for their disciplinary hearings.
The 700 or so teachers can practice yoga, work on their novels, paint portraits of their colleagues — pretty much anything but school work. They have summer vacation just like their classroom colleagues and enjoy weekends and holidays through the school year.
“You just basically sit there for eight hours,” said Orlando Ramos, who spent seven months in a rubber room, officially known as a temporary reassignment center, in 2004-05. “I saw several near-fights. `This is my seat.’ `I’ve been sitting here for six months.’ That sort of thing.”
The city Department of Education is receiving its largest corporate grant ever, an $18 million gift from General Electric that will go toward improving Harlem middle schools, Mayor Bloomberg announced yesterday. Continue reading