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December 5, 2017
Only one school campus has asked to have metal detectors added or removed since New York City created guidelines for requesting changes
Only one principal has asked for a change in how often scanners are used at their school -- a request that was approved -- and none has asked for them to be added.
November 7, 2017
Beyond pre-K: Here’s what you need to know about de Blasio’s education record this election day
De Blasio's success with universal pre-K has allowed him to sidestep contentious issues during the campaign: charter schools, school segregation and the Renewal program.
November 2, 2017
Student injured in New York City terror attack returned to school the following day
“Teachers stayed until every child was home, until every parent got listened to, until everyone was deemed safe,” Chancellor Fariña said.
October 31, 2017
Read the rarely-seen agreement that put New York City police in charge of school safety
What that agreement actually says has been a bit of a mystery: It hasn’t been widely available to the public. Advocates have demanded that it be overhauled.
By the numbers
October 30, 2017
New York City schools continue to give out fewer suspensions, though racial disparities persist
While most student groups received fewer suspensions last year, black students and those with disabilities continued to be suspended at disproportionately high rates.
October 30, 2017
After fatal Bronx school stabbing, New York City launches new anti-bullying programs
The $8 million suite of initiatives will include a new online bullying-reporting tool, staff trainings, and funding for LGBTQ student clubs.
Who's In Charge
October 6, 2017
A 1998 agreement that put the New York City police in charge of school safety has never been revised — until now
Due to a decades-old agreement between the police and education departments, the police are in charge of most matters involving school security.
October 2, 2017
Anxious parents challenge de Blasio’s school safety efforts in wake of Bronx killing
The meeting was the first time de Blasio and Fariña publicly fielded questions from parents in the aftermath of last week's fatal stabbing.
respect for all
September 29, 2017
Schools’ response to bullying is questioned after fatal school stabbing
After reports that an 18-year-old student who is accused of killing his classmate was bullied, questions have emerged about bullying prevention across the city.
September 27, 2017
The fatal stabbing in a Bronx classroom was horrific — but also extremely rare
One student has not killed another inside a school for 25 years, officials said.
September 27, 2017
Updated: A Bronx student stabbed two classmates, killing a 15-year-old boy
The stabbing took place Wednesday morning at Urban Assembly School for Wildlife Conservation in the Bronx.
September 26, 2017
Black and Hispanic students in New York City most likely to be arrested and handcuffed, data shows
While two-thirds of students are black or Hispanic, they account for more than 92 percent of school arrests.
By the numbers
August 7, 2017
Highs and lows from New York City’s annual school surveys of parents, students and teachers
It’s hard to make year-to-year comparisons of the data because of changes to the questions and given responses.
April 6, 2017
NYC set to adopt long-debated changes to student discipline code that will further reduce suspensions
The debate over the city’s discipline code raises larger questions, some of which are also being asked in other large school districts across the country.
March 31, 2017
Suspensions continue to fall in New York City schools under de Blasio
Overall, suspensions have plummeted 30 percent in recent years.
December 13, 2016
New York’s widely criticized system for tracking violent incidents will get a makeover
The changes have been in the works since last year.
November 4, 2016
Five top 10s that show which New York City schools suspend the most students
Just 10 percent of schools accounted for 47 percent of last year’s suspensions.
October 31, 2016
New York City school suspensions continue to plummet, but stark disparities persist
Suspensions have dropped 46 percent over five years.
September 22, 2016
First Person: A cough-syrup overdose isn’t a crime — except when schools rely on police in the wrong ways
I have found in my research that the presence of officers can change the school environment away from one that focuses on children’s social and academic needs.
September 22, 2016
First Person: What my Bronx students think about passing through scanners at school
Key voices have been absent from these conversations about school safety: those of students and teachers. So I asked my students what they thought.
September 12, 2016
State officials propose new categories for tracking violent and disruptive behavior in school
“Anything that changes VADIR is a good thing,” said Kathleen DeCataldo, executive director of the Permanent Judicial Commission on Justice for Children.
Where's the data?
August 16, 2016
NYPD misses deadline to report student interactions with police
“It’s disappointing that the NYPD has had a year to get ready to report this information and hasn’t been able to do so."
August 9, 2016
New York City students show up in droves to question school discipline policy
Students shared their personal stories about being disciplined in city schools and urged the city to do more to reduce suspensions for older students.
August 2, 2016
Only four New York City schools now on state’s ‘persistently dangerous’ list
The number of dangerous schools, as defined by the state, has hit an all-time low.
July 21, 2016
City will no longer suspend students in grades K-2, and releases a slew of new school crime data
Advocates largely praised the new policy, but stark racial disparities in school discipline persist.
July 13, 2016
Developer vows to bring back ‘better plan’ after pulling proposal for landfill near Memphis elementary school
A Memphis developer is retreating — for now — from its second proposal to expand a landfill next to an elementary school in the city’s Frayser neighborhood.
May 16, 2016
After announcing plans for 12 school mergers, Fariña says to expect many more
Chancellor Carmen Fariña expects to consolidate a growing number of very small schools next year, which she has asked superintendents to identify, she told…
May 11, 2016
Why should schools move away from suspensions? We asked student activists to weigh in
Over pizza one recent afternoon, a group of students from high schools that have adopted new discipline approaches explain what has changed.
April 20, 2016
As New York City’s suspension rate falls, some educators see a parallel dip in discipline
Some teachers say schools are not giving suspensions even when they're warranted, and their union says teachers need more training and support.
the safety dance
March 18, 2016
Spike in weapons seized in schools, pro-charter group reports
A pro-charter advocacy group is continuing to criticize de Blasio's school safety record by revealing data Friday that shows more weapons were confiscated in schools.
January 19, 2016
In Bronx survey, struggling students explain what’s missing from school discipline debates
A survey of nearly 400 Bronxites found that students who struggle academically or socially at school are also more likely to get into trouble.
November 17, 2015
Rise & Shine: Out with the Redskins, in with the RedHawks. Schools get new mascot.
Keeping kids safe
July 14, 2015
School safety panel ramps up for summer of study
A panel of legislators and experts Tuesday started to get up to speed on one of the touchiest issues of the 2015 legislative session – school security.
June 23, 2015
Rise & Shine: In part two of series, Brooklyn Generation struggles to improve teaching
June 4, 2015
After Avonte, nearly all principals ask for door alarms — and will get them this year
Ninety-seven percent of school buildings requested alarms, although demand was slightly lower among schools that served older students.
2015 Session Review
May 9, 2015
Testing bill the one notable achievement in education policy
State assessments, K-12 funding and school safety were the top education issues for the General Assembly, but little other educational legislation of note passed.
Claire Davis law
April 21, 2015
Senate passes district liability bill
The Senate Wednesday morning voted 25-9 to pass the bill that would make school districts legally liable for certain kinds of violent incidents.
April 13, 2015
House panel loads lots of changes onto testing bill
It was a busy day for education at the Capitol Monday as bills on testing, school violence and American Indian mascots all were on the move.
March 16, 2015
Online regulation bill quickly killed
This year’s proposal to change the regulation of online schools that operate across multiple districts was killed Monday by the Senate State Affairs Committee.
November 19, 2014
After history class puts focus on Ferguson, school trains students how to interact with police
Even at a selective school in Manhattan’s East Village that boasts above-average test scores and a diverse student body, many students view police stops as a fact of life.
October 29, 2014
City dragging its feet on school discipline overhaul, NYCLU says
Children as young as five are still being handcuffed in schools too often, advocates say, and there's been no word from the city about promised changes.
September 30, 2014
Rise & Shine: What exactly is “count day”?
school day snapshot
September 4, 2014
On day one, safety concerns linger at middle school where student was stabbed
I.S. 117, where a student was fatally stabbed just after leaving the building in June, was a difficult place for some parents to leave their students on Thursday.
July 24, 2014
With Avonte’s Law passed, DOE to install door alarms in some schools
City Council unanimously passed a bill on Thursday that will help schools install door alarms to increase student safety, but exactly how many schools…
June 27, 2014
With police report requirement unclear, safety transfers hard to come by
Of the many concerns raised by last week’s fatal stabbing outside I.S. 117 in the Bronx, one traces back to the day before the crime itself, when neighbors say the father of suspect Noel Estevez requested a safety transfer for his son. This request puts a spotlight on a process that advocates say places too high a bar for families seeking to keep their children safe.
April 28, 2014
The city’s attendance system is inefficient—and I’ve seen a better way
After moving from Philadelphia to New York City, a teacher argues that the city's pencil-and-paper attendance system is wildly inefficient.
April 16, 2014
Rise & Shine: Preschool pilot could be delayed a year
March 27, 2014
Investigation report offers new details about how Avonte Oquendo disappeared
A final accounting of how 14-year-old autistic student Avonte Oquendo managed to leave his Queens school unnoticed last October shows that his teacher went above and beyond to collect information about her students—eliciting a warning from Avonte's mother that he "likes to run." But that information wasn't shared with school administrators, according to an official investigation report released Thursday.
March 21, 2014
Updated: Vaccination education bill passes House 42-19
Updated March 24 – The House voted 42-19 Monday to pass House Bill 14-1288, the immunization measure that has touched a few nerves at…
March 17, 2014
Student data privacy, charter security guard bills advance
A bill designed to lock student data privacy protections into state law got some additional provisions tacked onto it Monday and won 12-0 approval…
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