U.S. Department of Education

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2014

    You are More Likely to Be Hit By an NYPD Car Than Any Other City Vehicle

    Scott Stringer released a report on Thursday showing pedestrian injuries caused by city vehicles have cost New York City taxpayers almost $90 million dollars in settlements since 2007. That's a lot of money! So, who is to blame? You will probably be unsurprised to learn the answer is the NYPD.

  • News

    April 3, 2013

    System Failure: The Collapse of Public Education

    From our high schools to CUNY, New York City's numbers are in—and they are terrifying.

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2013

    If NYC Public Schools Lose $300 Million In A Week, You Can Thank Politics

    Forget about the fiscal cliff in Washington; the kids of New York City are about to jump off one, too. In less than ten days, New York City's public school system stands to gain or lose nearly $300 million of the $700 million allotted to New York State under President Obama's "Race to the Top" prog ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2012

    Parents of Special Needs Children Fed Up With DOE's Flawed School Bus Service

    By the time parents got their turn to testify at yesterday's City Council hearing on the city's problematic school bus service, lead officials from the Department of Education, such as Deputy Chancellor of Operations Kathleen Grimm, were long gone. "I'm just so disappointed that the [DOE] and the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2012

    Students Can Get Plan B Pills At A Few NYC Public Schools Now

    The last thing hardcore right-wing conservatives need is more cannon fodder for their whole "America is burning to the ground" argument. But, whatever; we're not worried about them here - that's fellow Voice scribe Roy Edroso's job.According to the Post, the Department of Health confirmed that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2012

    NYC Taxpayers Might Be On the Hook for Private School Tuition

    Just when you thought the New York City school system couldn't get any crazier, a judge has ruled that city taxpayers might be on the hook for one girl's $40,000 private school tuition. The 12-year-old girl, who attended PS 6 on the Upper East Side (one of the city's higher-rated schools), has a le ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2012

    Kids In New York Could One Day Be Allowed To Apply Their Own Sunscreen (With A Note From Mom). Gasp!

    Did you know that kids in New York are only allowed to apply sunscreen to themselves at school if they have a note from their doctor saying it's OK? We didn't, but that's apparently the case -- and state Senator Michael Gianaris wants that to change.Gianaris has proposed a bill that would change cur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2012

    Michelle Obama Launches Recipe Challenge For Parents and Kids

    First Lady Michelle Obama is teaming up with Epicurious and the U.S. Department of Education for a recipe contest. Winners will win a trip to Washington, D.C., and have the chance to attend a Kids' "State Dinner" hosted by the White House, where some of the winning recipes will be served. The dinn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2012

    City Schools Blow It; Send Error-Riddled Stats To Federal Oversight Agency

    From the land of the seriously hard to believe, a major statistical report by the New York city Department of Education, which oversees our public schools, to the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights is so riddled with obvious errors as to be laughable. The exhaustive report covers ... More >>

  • Columns

    November 2, 2011

    The Bleak Future for NYC Students

    More evidence emerges that the Education Mayor flunked

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2011

    Bed Bugs Have Tripled in Public Schools

    ​Bed bugs, we haven't heard much of you this summer. So, you had a party in a Staten Island jail. At least you aren't invading our (well, the tourists') clothing stores. But now we find you're running rampant in schools? Don't you have hearts in those little, brown, blood-sucking bodies? (No.) ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2011

    MyBlockNYC Creates New York Map Alive With YouTube-Ready Videos

    ​Today in fun, new New York City-related Internet toys, we bring you MyBlockNYC by way of Daily Intel. MyBlockNYC features a map of our beloved town onto which users can upload videos corresponding to different blocks. Near our offices, there's a recent video of a woman playing the Sing for Ho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2011

    Colleges Forced to Explain Why They Are So Damn Expensive

    ​Over 500 colleges will have to submit reports to the government explaining tuition hikes, CNN reports. The Department of Education published a list this morning of schools that had the highest tuition increases over the last three years. Both private and public institutions are included and w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2011

    Subway Adds Avocado; Servers Go Sans Pad

    ​Subway will add avocado as a premium seasonal topping for a limited time. In addition to special sandwiches like a turkey and bacon avocado sub and BLT with avocado, customers will be able to add the fruit onto any footlong for $1. [Nation's Restaurant News] Recent and ongoing research sugge ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2011

    Today in El Diario: Stop Handcuffing Kids!

    ​Parents against handcuffing children A group of activists, parents, and politicians gathered Thursday to demand an end to handcuffing students with behavior problems, the Spanish-language daily reports.  City Council member Charles Barron told the media that Department of Education  offi ... More >>

  • Columns

    April 27, 2011

    Chancellor Walcott: Change That Kids Can Believe In?

    Is the new broom actually just, 'another mouthpiece for the mayor'?

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2011

    Emptying New York City's Rubber Rooms: Pay a Fine, Teach Again

    ​The Department of Education recently returned 474 local teachers to the classroom in an attempt to rid New York City of the infamous "rubber room" sitters, in which educators accused of misconduct sit around and do nothing while collecting a full paycheck. The New York Post reports today that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2011

    Gym-Free Queens School Sounds Awesome, But Is Not

    ​A high school in Queens just sort of forgot to offer gym classes. Which -- woohoo! But actually, gym credits are required in order to graduate in the New York City public school system. So about 100 seniors at the Robert F. Wagner Secondary School in Long Island City might not be able to graduate ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2011

    Some Schools Could Lose 30 Percent of Teachers under Bloomberg Plan - WNYC

    The Bloomberg Administration has announced that some schools could lose up to 30 percent of their teaching force, WNYC is reporting this morning. Under a worst-case scenario, the Department of Education is set to lay off one to five teachers at most schools, with some losing 30 percent of their ove ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2011

    Cathie Black Just Can't Catch a Break (Video)

    ​Cathie Black is the new Joe Biden. A birth control joke by the novice Schools Chancellor at a parent-school official meeting, followed in quick succession by a Sophie's Choice allusion, have pissed people off royally. Oh come on! The first one's funny, at least.

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2010

    Breaking: NYC Dept. of Education Chancellor Joel Klein Steps Down, Replaced by Cathie Black, Former Magazine Exec.

    ​At a press conference today, Joel Klein -- the chancellor of New York City's Department of Education announced that he is stepping down from his position, to be replaced by now-former Hearst chairperson Cathie Black. She is the second chancellor of New York City's Department of Education sinc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2010

    Volunteer Football Coach Fired by Humorless School for Mooning Opposing Team

    ​Let this be a lesson to you: If you pull down your pants, even in fun or during a very dramatic football game, even if you get laughs, there will be penance to pay. A volunteer assistant football coach at Boys and Girls High School in Brooklyn has lost his job over mooning opposing fans after ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2010

    New York State Still in Running For Big Bag of Federal Cash

    The U.S. Department of Education announced the finalists for federal Race to the Top dollars today, and New York State made the cut. No one should get too excited yet about spending any of that $700 million pile of loot, though. New York is only one of 17 states and the District of Columbia to mak ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2010

    Morning Links: Scary Sinkhole in Guatemala, BP Losing Value Like It's Losing Oil, Real Housewives DWI Bust

    ​• In the wake of Tropical Storm Agatha, there is a giant sinkhole in Guatemala City, and it is terrifying. "It may look like it's impossible to fix, but we've done it before," says David de Leon, spokesman for the Guatemala disaster response agency. Video of the sinkhole here. • BP has l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2010

    Pay Low-Income Students to Study? Still No Improvement, Alas

    ​The Daily News is reporting today that it still doesn't pay to be be poor, even if you're paid for being poor. The Department of Education has been participating in a Harvard study that paid economically poor students at high needs schools to show up for tests and get good grades. The study ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2010

    19 NYC High Schools Were Illegally Closed, Judge Rules; Mike Bloomberg, Joel Klein Get Smacked Down

    A judge ruled today that New York City's Department of Education illegally closed 19 high schools earlier this year. Several news outlets are reporting the breaking decision (Post, WABC). The move to close the schools earlier this year was contentious and included a protest in front of Mayor Bloomb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2010

    Posts of the Week

    'Tis Friday. Thus, 'tis time to look back on the best posts of the last 120 hours: We ranked Our 10 Best Sausages. Kunafa is like the Middle East's version of a cheese Danish, and can be found in Bay Ridge. Donatella Arpaia confirmed her cooking show and suggested she might replace Michael Psila ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2009

    Times Notices Conflicts Between Public Schools and Charters

    The New York Times reports today that charter schools are sometimes in conflict with their public-school hosts, particularly as regards space, on which some P.S. personnel and parents think they get shafted: at Middle School 126 in Williamsburg, for example, access to the school library is granted t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2009

    City seeks 4 year olds on craigslist

    Facing the loss of state funding for the second year running if Pre-K seats are not filled by 10/31, the city Department of Education has decided to advertise for students online. The city system failed to qualify for $35 million last year when it fell 3,200 short. There are 5,400 seats available, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2009

    Today's Top Medical Headlines

    Washington University in St. Louis, "Cell Phone Ringtones Can Pose Major Distraction, Impair Recall" ("When we played the [LSU] fight song as part of our lab experiments, the distraction factor lasted longer"). University of Arkansas at Little Rock, "Historian Blames 'Criminalization of Poverty' fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2009

    Thompson Says DOE Overspent Madly on Ballroom Dancing, Etc.

    How did a contact for leasing Xerox machines that was supposed to cost the Department of Education one million dollars end up jumping by more than 6,700 percent? How did a company that was supposed to deliver restaurant supplies to school cafeterias for $15,000 end up billing the city more than $8 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2008

    Bloomberg Looks at "Targeted Buyouts"; Teachers Eyed?

    Payroll is a large part of the city's budget, and it has occurred to Mayor Bloomberg that dropping some workers might effect some savings, says the New York Post. He is said to consider "targeted buyouts to thousands of longtime civilian employees." The Post doesn't say which sectors would be targe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2008

    Some Bloomberg Budget Cuts Leaked

    Mayor Bloomberg will present tomorrow a plan to cut $1.5 billion from the city budget. Some details have been revealed, and they include the firing of 500 city employees and the attrition of 2,500 more. 21 seasonal workers will not return to the Parks Department, 187 Sanitation workers will be phase ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2008

    Study Finds 1/5 of NYC K-8 Students Miss Month or More of School

    The New York Times has a story that will not be news to local schoolteachers: according to a New School study, about 20 percent of the city's K-8 students missed a month or more of school last year. The Department of Education -- which, we saw from its recent School Report Cards, is given to pecul ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2008

    Bloomberg Goes on Wedgie Patrol

    The City has devised new anti-bullying tactics for the public schools, Mayor Bloomberg announced yesterday. The "Respect for All" initiative, in addition to telling students that bullying is wrong, mandates standards for tracking and dealing with bullies. Each school will assign a member of its staf ... More >>

  • Columns

    August 5, 2008

    Losing Track of Dropouts—and Successes—in New York City Schools

    DOE, City Council and Unions all fail to keep tabs on when NYC schools fail - or succede.

  • News

    July 29, 2008
  • Blogs

    February 1, 2008

    New DoE School Choice Rules Increase Parental Anxiety

    Photo by urbanshoregirl via Flickr The city's long-awaited changes to the school variance procedure — for non-parents, that's code for "who gets to pick which school their kids go to, and who has to go to whatever's the closest" — are out, and parents are already starting to buzz about ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2007
  • Art

    November 6, 2007

    Bridge-and-Tunnel Kids

    When city parents choose public schools far afield, what are the consequences?

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2007

    Military Recuiters Gone Wild: Report

    The Department of Education is not doing enough to protect students from the aggressive tactics of military recruiters in high schools, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and the New York Civil Liberties Union charged in a report released Thursday. The core of the report, titled "We Want Y ... More >>

  • Art

    July 24, 2007

    Your Own Personal Blackboard Jungle

    Fresh from the frontlines, New York Teaching Fellows tell all

  • News

    June 26, 2007

    The Mayor and His Shock Troops

    Will Bloomberg run on his record of bullying schoolchildren and teachers?

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2006

    City Jobs Kick Ass (Literally)

    The incident occurred on May 24, 2005, a Tuesday, out at I.S. 78 on East 68th Street in Brooklyn. The victim was a New York City Police Department employee. In the city's accounting of all workers compensation claims in 2005, this particular injury is summoned up in one word: Buttocks. There were t ... More >>

  • News

    January 10, 2006

    Unjust Desserts

    Pink slips on the menu for school food supplier

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2005
  • News

    April 6, 2004

    Bloomberg's Accountability?

    Eva Moskowitz's prescription: giving kids a fighting chance well before the third grade

  • News

    July 22, 2003

    Girls in Trouble

    'Hooky Party' Puts the Spotlight on Schools' Treatment of Pregnant Teens

  • Film

    September 25, 2001

    Tried and True

    Hardest Movie Quiz Answers Revealed

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