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Jun 19, 2008 Gifted Programs in the City Are Less Diverse

QUOTE: When New York City set a uniform threshold for admission to public school gifted programs last fall, it was a crucial step in a prolonged effort to equalize access to programs that critics complained were dominated by white middle-class children whose parents knew how to navigate the system. The move was controversial, with experts warning that standardized tests given to young children were heavily influenced by their upbringing and preschool education, and therefore biased toward the affluent.

New York Times
Feb 21, 2008 Columbia Cites Plagiarism by a Professor

QUOTE: [The accused professor] in an e-mail message to faculty and students... called the investigation “biased and flawed,” and said it was part of a “conspiracy and witch hunt by certain current and former members of the [college] community.”

New York Times
Nov 05, 2007 50 New York City Schools Fail Under New Rating System

QUOTE: Because the grades are based largely on improvement, not simply meeting state standards, some high-performing schools received low grades. The Clove Valley School in Staten Island, for instance, received an F, although 86.5 percent of the students at the school met state standards in reading on the 2007 tests.

New York Times
Nov 04, 2006 Chancellor Cites Favoritism at a New York School

QUOTE: Officials say an examination of the school’s most recent kindergarten admissions documents shows that school officials were looking not only at students’ performance, but also at how involved their parents were likely to be.

New York Times
Sep 05, 2006 Back to School in a System Being Remade

QUOTE: principals will no longer answer to a superintendent and will have greater authority over their budgets, staff and instruction. In exchange, they have agreed to meet performance targets...Critics say that the mayor is overly concerned with structure as opposed to teaching and learning, that the emphasis on standardized testing has become too heavy and that he barrels ahead without building a constituency for his policies.

New York Times
Aug 18, 2006 Minority Students Decline in Top New York Schools

QUOTE: Now parents, educators and academics explain the racial makeup of the schools by pointing to a variety of factors, including increasing competition from an influx of immigrants, paltry guidance counseling at many middle schools with predominantly low-income students, the hiring of private tutors by the middle class and continued use of the admissions test alone.

New York Times
Jun 14, 2006 Poor Students Were Charged for Free Tests, Inquiry Finds

QUOTE: Three of the city's most elite high schools improperly charged poor students a total of $180,000 over several years to take Advanced Placement exams...

New York Times
Jul 17, 2004 New York City Will Limit Chance to Leave Failing Schools

QUOTE: New York City, which last year allowed every child who wished to transfer out of a failing school to do so, will drastically reduce the number of students allowed to move this year...Some critics said early on that New York City risked harming its better schools in allowing so many students in them.

New York Times
Mar 17, 2003 A Last Call on Tobacco Is Starting to Feel Real

QUOTE: As of (March 30th), it will be illegal to smoke inside almost all New York City workplaces, including indoor restaurants and bars.

New York Times
Sep 20, 2002 Murder Charges Are Dropped in Motorcycle Gang Fight

QUOTE: Prosecutors dropped murder charges today against a member of the Hells Angels motorcycle club, saying he may have been justified in firing the shot that killed a member of a rival club...

New York Times