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July 29th, 2013

Most Black and Latino Students Unprepared for College, Study Says

By Beth Fertig, DNAinfo

NEW YORK — Students from the city’s black and Latino neighborhoods are much less likely to be prepared for college than their counterparts in white areas, a new study found.

In Mott Haven, for example, just 8 percent of students graduated high school ready for college last year, while in TriBeCa, 80 percent of high school graduates were prepared for higher education, the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University found in a report released this week.

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July 29th, 2013

New York Not Making the Grade On College Readiness

By Richard Moody, Legislative Gazette

Even though New York state has the highest per-pupil spending for education in the nation, its public education system is failing in four of seven categories tracked by the watchdog group Alliance for Quality Education.

During a press conference in Albany last week, parents, educators and lawmakers unveiled a report card showing what New York is doing right, and what it is doing wrong in terms of educating students and preparing them for college.

“It is the right time to evaluate whether the state is heading in the right direction or in the wrong direction,” said Billy Easton, executive director of AQE. “Some say we are being too generous. No one said we are being too harsh.”

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July 29th, 2013

Education Groups Detail Mayoral Roadmap

By Beth Fertig, SchoolBook

A coalition of community groups laid out what they call their “education roadmap” for the next mayor. Their priorities include greater funding for public schools, more arts and physical education education and a smaller role for standardized tests.

The group, A+ NYC, includes about 50 different nonprofit advocacy, youth service and community based organizations. Members drove a blue school bus around the city, starting last fall, to meet with communities and determine their priorities for the 2013 elections.

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July 29th, 2013

Parents Protest DoE Plan to Keep Students in Failing Bronx School

By Lindsey Christ, New York 1

Parents and children from P.S. 64 in the Bronx came down to the Department of Education headquarters in Lower Manhattan on Monday to ask for help. This spring, the DOE decided to close the school, saying it has failed.

Parents agree, saying the school is really bad. But because the DOE plans to phase out the school slowly, over several years, parents are worried for their children, who will be stuck there in the meantime.

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July 29th, 2013

Parents, Pols Rally Against Dezoning Uptown Schools

By Nigel Chiwaya, DNAinfo

NORTHERN MANHATTAN — Parents and politicians from across the city joined forces Tuesday to rail against the potential dezoning of their schools districts.

Through the day and at different points in the city — first at a rally outside theDepartment of Education‘s headquarters and later at a public forum in Washington Heights — parents from districts from Inwood to Greenpoint blasted the department for reintroducing the plan to remove school zones.

“Dezoning is a false choice,” said Natasha Capers, a parent from Community Education Council District 23 in Brooklyn, a dezoned district. “My choice is a struggling school across the street — or a struggling school five blocks away.”

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