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John Farley  |  May 18, 2012 4:00 AM | 6 Comments
As the debate over medical marijuana in New York State heats up, MetroFocus looked at who the power players are.
According to gardener Kristen Bonardi Rapp, the lot at 462 Halsey Street in Bed-Stuy has probably been vacant since the 1970s. Until recently, it looked like this. Photo by Meg Watcher/megwatcherphotos.com
John Farley  |  May 16, 2012 4:00 AM | 1 Comment
Brooklynites, working with the group 596 Acres, explain why and how they're transforming formerly vacant city-owned lots into green spaces for everyone.VIDEO
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Daniel T. Allen  |  May 15, 2012 5:45 AM | Comments
Should schools pay students who do well? Should wealthy parents be allowed to donate money to improve public schools? Harvard professor Michael Sandel explores ethical dilemmas in education.VIDEO
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May 15, 2012 5:33 AM | Comments
As pressure mounts on educational institutions to keep up with a rapidly changing world, what innovations has the city encouraged to ensure that its students maintain a competitive edge?
Washington Irving High School, near Union Square, is one of 22 schools scheduled to be phased out between now and when the remaining students graduate in 2013. In five of these phase-out schools, only the middle schools will be closed, while the attached high schools or elementary schools will remain open. Flickr/eden pictures
John Farley  |  May 15, 2012 5:31 AM | Comments
MetroFocus maps what's coming and going: 24 turnarounds schools; 22 phase-outs; 54 new schools, 24 of which are charters; 4 closures.
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May 15, 2012 5:30 AM | Comments
MetroFocus asked New York City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott how the largest school system in the country is preparing for the future.VIDEO
In April 17, after walking 150 miles from New York City, a group of 15 undocumented students arrived in Albany to advocate for the passage of the New York State DREAM Act. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has no taken a position on the bill. Photo courtesy of the New York State Leadership Council.
John Farley  |  May 15, 2012 5:25 AM | Updated: June 15, 2012 3:02 PM | 58 Comments

On June 15, President Barack Obama announced a radical policy shift on immigration, which in many ways works around congressional resistance to the federal DREAM Act.

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May 15, 2012 5:00 AM | Comments

Watch an extended interview with New York City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott, who’s in charge of the country’s largest public school system.

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Rolling chair operators walk past Revel, the newest casino in Atlantic City, N.J., Thursday, May 10, 2012, the same day that that New Jersey casino regulators released figures showing that the $13.4 million Revel won in its first month of operation ranked it 8th among Atlantic City's 12 casinos. AP/Wayne Perry
John Farley  |  May 11, 2012 3:36 PM | Comments
As revenues fall and competition increases, can experimental revitalization models save the declining boardwalk empire?VIDEO
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Yolanne Almanzar and Alexander Hotz for The New York World  |  May 11, 2012 3:10 PM | Comments
Cuts in federal funding to New York City that have hit child care particularly hard, with a projected $16 million cut for Head Start and another $14 million cut for the Child Care Block Grant.
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