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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,” […]

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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For each of the last 13 years, community activist Tom Goodkind has spent about eight hours calculating the reading score rankings of Lower Manhattan schools, so you’d probably be surprised to learn he’s not a big fan of the tests. “I would personally like to do away with these tests and just have good schools,” […]

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BY SAM SPOKONY  |  Opponents of a proposed co-location at a Lower East Side high school have filed an appeal to the city’s Board of Education in an attempt to stop it. The city’s Department of Education proposed in August to move a new high school (designated 01M203) in the 200 Monroe St. building currently […]

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BY LINCOLN ANDERSON   |  Despite a commitment early last year by the city to buy 75 Morton St. for use as a new public school, anxiety among local advocates had been steadily rising when after, more than a year later, the building’s ownership still hadn’t been transferred from the state to the city. Worries […]

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By KAITLYN MEADE  |  (UPDATED JULY 31, 2013  |  ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED JULY 24, 2013) Amid the panic and protests over moving Tribeca’s P.S. 150 elementary school to a new building in Chelsea next year, the city Department of Education appeared to be backing away from the proposal, but three months later, parents are discouraged that the plan […]

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BY KAITLYN MEADE | Two private preschools are expanding in Lower Manhattan, bringing more pre-K seats to Downtown parents. This fall, The Learning Experience will open a new level of its first Manhattan preschool in Battery Park City, which is part of its recovery effort from Superstorm Sandy. Meanwhile, the Educational Alliance’s preschool will be […]

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