Education & Kids
Pre-K and Elementary

On this year’s Common Core-aligned state exams, one of the highest scoring school districts in Brooklyn is District 15, New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina’s old stomping grounds. … Full Article

Teachers at Park Slope’s P.S. 321 protest ‘horrendous’ Common Core English tests

Teachers and parents marched outside a Park Slope elementary school Friday morning to protest what they call a “horrendous” English Language Arts (ELA) exam given to third, fourth and fifth-graders over three days last week. … Full Article

Colton calls on parents to be pre-k ‘watchdogs’

The state’s ambitious, $300 million universal pre-kindergarten program needs more than money to make it work, according to one Brooklyn lawmaker. … Full Article

NYC to launch pre-k registration campaign

Mayor Bill de Blasio is unveiling an ad campaign aimed at getting New York City parents to register their children for pre-kindergarten. De Blasio appeared at a Chinatown pre-k program Thursday to tout the campaign. … Full Article

Report: New York schools are the most racially segregated in the country

New York state has the most segregated public schools in the nation, with many black and Latino students attending schools with virtually no white classmates, according to a report released Wednesday. … Full Article

De Blasio: NYC is ready for pre-k program

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is touting his administration's readiness to implement universal pre-kindergarten this fall. The mayor announced Tuesday that the expected pool of those applying to become pre-kindergarten teachers in September should top 8,000. … Full Article

De Blasio: NYC must attract, retain good teachers

Mayor Bill de Blasio says he'll make it a "personal crusade" to attract and retain good teachers. De Blasio said Monday on public radio station WNYC that it will be a central goal of his administration. … Full Article

Bill de Blasio softens tone on charter schools

Mayor Bill de Blasio has softened his stance on the controversial charter school issue. The mayor on Sunday admitted "not measuring up when it came to explaining" his message. … Full Article

Pre-K funding fight causes break in NY budget talks

ALBANY— The Legislature's top Republican hastily left budget negotiations Friday complaining that there has been too much emphasis on New York City and Mayor Bill de Blasio when it comes to prekindergarten funding. … Full Article

Caton Market hosts Black History Children’s Day

Brooklyn youth recently relived more than a century of African-American musical history as part of a Black History Month fun facts scavenger hunt at the Flatbush/Caton Market.  … Full Article

Another Brooklyn school engulfed in sex scandal

Officials at Brooklyn’s P.S. 219 mishandled an 11-year-old’s complaint of sexual abuse, a report by NYC’s Special Commissioner of Investigation (SCI) revealed.  … Full Article
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