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Middle school students challenge 5 Points’ claim to tap dance fame

BY MIA RUPANI  | (Posted June 18, 2015 & updated June 22) Luke, an eighth grade student at Manhattan Academy of Technology has been taking tap dancing lessons for the past eight years.  As a dancer, he was taught that tap dance originated in the old Five Points neighborhood near his school — a seemingly faceless […]

BY SARA HENDRICKSON  |  At a public meeting on Mon., May 11, at the L.G.B.T. Center to “unveil” the Village’s new middle school at 75 Morton St., the crowd of 150 people had a few anxious questions, but most of all, the mood was gleeful celebration that the school would finally open its doors in […]

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BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC  |  A onetime pre-K starved Lower Manhattan will soon be feasting on an influx of new seats this fall. As part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s push for pre-K for all, Lower Manhattan has more than 378 full-day seats for the upcoming 2015-2016 school year. Last year, while the city expanded […]

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BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC  |  While the recently announced new pre-K seats Downtown are welcome, their arrival is bringing up other school-related issues that Lower Manhattan faces. This September, the Tweed Courthouse will become a pre-K center with 54 seats. Tweed has been used as an “incubation” space for new schools, the latest being Peck […]

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BY ZACH WILLIAMS |  Teachers, students, parents and administrators across the city rallied on March 12 against Governor Andrew Cuomo’s education agenda. Particularly vexing for opponents are proposed reforms announced in January that would make standardized-testing scores 50 percent of teachers’ evaluations, as well as grant them tenure only after five consecutive years of “effective” […]

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BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC  |  The new Peck Slip School in the Seaport is expected to open to students this September and its principal Maggie Siena is looking forward to having a library and dedicated space for music, art and science. “It’s always nice to have a room that’s really dedicated for a single purpose,” […]

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The city’s Dept. of Education is continuing to take applications for kindergarten with the deadline being Feb. 13. Families who apply on the last day have the same chance as getting their first choice as those who have already applied. A 5- year-old child who is zoned for a school and who has a sibling […]

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Last Wed., Jan. 21, around 200 parents, teachers and school activists attended a forum in Greenwich Village at P.S. 3 to protest what they slammed as the “test-obsessed” public school system. Ravitch urged audience members to join the “Opt-Out” movement and refuse to allow their children to take the tests. If enough parents join the […]

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BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC  |  The Dept. of Education has installed taller dividers for Peck Slip School classrooms currently housed at the Tweed Courthouse but tension over the use of conference rooms on the first floor remains. Peck Slip School, also known as P.S. 343, is “incubating” at the courthouse while a new facility is […]

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BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC  |  Tribeca elementary school P.S. 150 — a school that at one time was in danger of relocating to Chelsea — has just won the National Blue Ribbon Award. The award, administered by the U.S. Dept. of Education since 1982, is for schools that have “overall academic excellence” or “progress in […]

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