Education & Kids
Pre-K and Elementary

Avonte’s Law, which mandates the placement of audible alarms in public schools to warn education officials if a student tries to leave the building, is working well, according to Councilmember Robe … Full Article

De Blasio’s education plan focuses on early reading

Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled the next phase of his education agenda Wednesday, touting his massive pre-K expansion as the foundation for a series of new policy initiatives aimed at improving standards and leveling the playing field for students in the nation's largest school system. … Full Article

Town halls planned on Brooklyn Heights, DUMBO school rezoning

The New York City Department of Education (DOE) wants to get public input on their draft proposal regarding the rezoning of P.S. 8 in Brooklyn Heights and P.S. 307 in Vinegar Hill. To that end, DOE and District 13 Community Education Council (CEC) have scheduled two town halls. … Full Article

St. Patrick students greeted by balloons on first day

Students and parents returned to St. Patrick Catholic Academy for the first day of classes on Wednesday after summer vacation and were greeted with green and gold balloons that had been placed in the auditorium of the Bay Ridge school. … Full Article

Environmental Education Center opens at Brooklyn Bridge Park

William Sparky, age 3, held a shell to his ear and heard the sea. Other children explored a touch tank filled with fish from the Hudson and pulled out drawers to touch the exhibits in the Discovery Station. Still others snuggled with their parents and caregivers for a good read about nature. … Full Article

Brooklyn Friends School opens new high school facility in MetroTech

Three hundred people representing Brooklyn Friends School’s (BFS) past, present and future celebrated the opening of the school’s new, 40,000-square-foot facility for the 9th through 12th grade Upper School at 116 Lawrence St. in Downtown Brooklyn on Sept. 8. … Full Article

School year begins for 1 million NYC kids

It was back to school for more than one million kids attending New York City public schools Wednesday morning, including more than 65,000 children entering pre-K as a result of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s pre-K initiative. … Full Article

Draft plan for Brooklyn's P.S. 8 and P.S. 307 rezoning revealed

At last evening’s meeting of CEC13 Brooklyn, planners Greg Whitten and Jonathan Geis from the Dept. of Education (DOE) revealed a map (see photo) of a proposed change to the zone boundaries for P.S. 8 and for neighboring P.S. 307. The area shaded blue on the map is the present P.S. … Full Article

Religion Vs Education: City probes Orthodox schools, 38 in Brooklyn

The story that Yeshivas serving New York's Hasidic communities – including 38 in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights, Williamsburg and Borough Park neighborhoods -- provide scant secular education to their students has hit a nerve with readers across the Internet. … Full Article

Howe's Brooklyn: How to save public education

This concept could easily be called "A Modest Proposal" because it might be just as outrageous to some as Jonathan Swift's bitter, biting essay about the Irish famine. But having heard some of these ideas about education, I want to pass them along to our readers. … Full Article


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