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How Special Education Is Failing T.J. and Many Like Him

How Special Education Is Failing T.J. and Many Like Him

T.J. in his special education classroom in the spring. Though he was getting services, he kept falling further behind.
Grace Notes: 320,000 High Schoolers to Get Free Water Bottles. The Goal? 54 Million Fewer Single-Use Drinks

Grace Notes: 320,000 High Schoolers to Get Free Water Bottles. The Goal? 54 Million Fewer Single-Use Drinks

Sarah Kauss, the founder of S’well, and Mark Chambers, the director of the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, at S’well in Manhattan last week. They are working to slow the stream of discarded plastic
Richard Carranza Is Talking About Integration. Can He Make It Happen?

Richard Carranza Is Talking About Integration. Can He Make It Happen?

Public School 161 in Harlem, where 95 percent of the children are black or Hispanic, is the kind of school Chancellor Richard Carranza hopes can attract white and middle-class parents.
Common Sense: Should These Tests Get a Failing Grade?

Common Sense: Should These Tests Get a Failing Grade?

The stakes are high for students seeking to attend one of New York City’s specialized high schools, like the Bronx High School of Science: Admission is based solely on a single standardized test.
De Blasio Is Stalled on School Integration, but Brooklyn Parents Have a Plan

De Blasio Is Stalled on School Integration, but Brooklyn Parents Have a Plan

Richard A. Carranza, New York City’s schools chancellor, is poised to approve a middle school integration plan put forward by parents in a Brooklyn school district.
Common Sense: Should These Tests Get a Failing Grade?

Common Sense: Should These Tests Get a Failing Grade?

The stakes are high for students seeking to attend one of New York City’s specialized high schools, like the Bronx High School of Science: Admission is based solely on a single standardized test.
‘A Huge Blind Spot’: Why New York Asians Feel Overlooked

‘A Huge Blind Spot’: Why New York Asians Feel Overlooked

City Councilman Peter Koo, center, addressed a rally to protest the city’s plan to revamp admissions to the city’s specialized high schools, which draw many Asian-American children.
A New Principal Pushes for Change. Then the Investigations Start.

A New Principal Pushes for Change. Then the Investigations Start.

Nadav Zeimer was removed as the principal of Harlem Renaissance High School despite the fact that his superintendent said he had “turned a failing school into a successful school.”
With School Visits, Chancellor Signals a Softer Stance on Charters

With School Visits, Chancellor Signals a Softer Stance on Charters

Richard Carranza, the New York City schools chancellor, visited the Excellence Girls Elementary Academy in Brooklyn on Wednesday.
Op-Ed Columnist: Who’s the Worst for the Holidays?

Op-Ed Columnist: Who’s the Worst for the Holidays?

Scott Pruitt testified on Capitol Hill earlier this month.
DeVos Visits New York Schools, but Not Ones Run by the City

DeVos Visits New York Schools, but Not Ones Run by the City

Betsy DeVos, the secretary of education, visited a third grade classroom at Yeshiva Darchei Torah in Queens on Wednesday. Ms. DeVos did not go to a public school.
Queens Principal Reassigned After Harassment and Discrimination Lawsuits Totaling $600,000

Queens Principal Reassigned After Harassment and Discrimination Lawsuits Totaling $600,000

John Bowne High School in Flushing, Queens. Howard Kwait, the school’s principal for more than a decade, has been the subject of multiple sexual harassment complaints.
First Test for New York Chancellor: A Middle School Desegregation Plan

First Test for New York Chancellor: A Middle School Desegregation Plan

The Booker T. Washington school in Manhattan uses test scores for admissions, and its students are mostly white or Asian. Under a new plan, it would have to set aside seats for lower-scoring children.
Richard Carranza: ‘As the Chancellor, I Ultimately Own Everything’

Richard Carranza: ‘As the Chancellor, I Ultimately Own Everything’

Richard Carranza took over as the schools chancellor this month and says that he has “pushed” Mayor de Blasio on educational issues like how to deal with failing schools.
Is Richard Carranza Ready to Run America’s Biggest School System?

Is Richard Carranza Ready to Run America’s Biggest School System?

Richard A. Carranza will become chancellor of the New York City school system, with its 1.1 million students, 75,000 teachers and 1,800 schools, on April 2.
Next to Lead New York’s Schools: An Educator With a Song on His Lips

Next to Lead New York’s Schools: An Educator With a Song on His Lips

Richard A. Carranza at City Hall on Monday, where he was announced as Mayor Bill de Blasio’s pick for schools chancellor.
Months of Searching Still Hasn’t Found New Schools Chancellor

Months of Searching Still Hasn’t Found New Schools Chancellor

Two months ago, Mayor de Blasio announced that schools chancellor Carmen Fariña would step down, but so far a replacement has not been named.
‘Bomb Cyclone’: Snow and Bitter Cold Blast the Northeast

‘Bomb Cyclone’: Snow and Bitter Cold Blast the Northeast

Waves crashed over houses in Scituate, Mass., on Thursday.
‘Bomb Cyclone’: Snow and Bitter Cold Blast the Northeast

‘Bomb Cyclone’: Snow and Bitter Cold Blast the Northeast

Waves crashed over houses in Scituate, Mass., on Thursday.
Carmen Fariña, Head of New York City Schools, Is Retiring

Carmen Fariña, Head of New York City Schools, Is Retiring

The New York City schools chancellor Carmen Fariña, right, believed more in her own intuition and the experience of educators than in the data that drove many Bloomberg-era decisions.