Education

The Debate Over Common Core Education Standards and Testing

Clara Hemphill, founding editor of Insideschools.org, and José Vilson, a New York City math teacher explore the controversy surrounding the Common Core state education standards.

Students from across the metropolitan area attended this year's DigiGirlz conference in New York, which featured three break out sessions focused on STEM education, digital branding and careers, and a Microsoft technology showcase. MetroFocus/Michelle Michalos
Michelle Michalos  |  April 25, 2012 4:00 AM | Comments
Microsoft, the Department of Education and tech leaders encourage high school girls to get involved with technology.VIDEO
The Brooke Jackman Foundation hosts a read-a-thon at the Winter Garden Atrium in the World Financial Center in Downtown Manhattan every year. Photo by John Munson/MunsonVisuals.com
Georgia Kral  |  April 24, 2012 4:00 AM | Comments
The Brooke Jackman Foundation will donate 75-100 books to 20 school libraries in the metropolitan area. Parents can vote for their school through April 30.
n a march over New York's Brooklyn Bridge to protest the Department of Corrections policy to "funnel" illegal immigrants into the Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention and deportation program. AP/Bebeto Matthews
John Farley  |  April 20, 2012 2:02 PM | Comments
MetroFocus met four immigrants whose own experiences led to careers fighting for the rights of others.
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Alice Brennan and Curt Skinner for the New York World  |  April 19, 2012 1:52 PM | Comments
This new series by the New York World explores spending on political influence in New York State.
Gov. Chris Christie has responded with indifference to questions about whether he's interested in being a vice presidential candidate. Meanwhile, in New Jersey, his polling numbers have dropped slightly. Flickr/forwardstl
John Farley  |  April 18, 2012 4:00 AM | 1 Comment
Christie's overall rating remains positive among New Jersey residents, but he's lost five points since February despite a significant rise in approval from public worker households.VIDEO
Some bathroom stalls at P.S. 124 in South Park Slope were built without doors. Voters in district 39 have voted to change that. Photo by Keith Christiansen
Georgia Kral  |  April 4, 2012 4:00 AM | 2 Comments
In Council District 39, voters chose to fund renovations at a needy South Park Slope elementary school. But they aren't the only ones who want to improve the school.VIDEO
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Daniel T. Allen  |  April 2, 2012 4:00 AM | Comments

In a Brooklyn building shared by four schools, some say a new charter is one too many.

HOLD FOR STORY In this photo taken Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011, Lindsay Ehlers teaches math to her fourth grade class at Liberty Lake Elementary School in Liberty Lake Washington. While their students can earn anything from an A to an F for their school performance, nearly every American teacher gets one of two grades  unsatisfactory or meets expectations and almost all earn a passing grade. That is about to change in Washington and many other states where more nuanced teacher evaluation systems are being developed, at least partly in response to the federal Race to the Top competition for school dollars.   (AP Photo/Nick Geranios)
Daniel T. Allen  |  March 23, 2012 4:00 AM | 1 Comment
As New York State's school districts prepare new teacher evaluation models, what can they learn from the city? VIDEO
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Andrea Vasquez and Ally Gimbel  |  March 21, 2012 4:00 AM | Comments
The Upper East Side townhouse that once belonged to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt has become a modern center for public policy and education.VIDEO
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has not taken a position at the state version of the DREAM Act. He has said he supports the federal version. AP/Evan Agostini.
Georgia Kral  |  February 16, 2012 5:43 PM | Comments
Without a minute to spare, state education officials and the teachers' unions said Thursday that a deal on teacher evaluations had been reached. But not so for City Hall and the UFT...VIDEO
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