City Public Schools Conform to America’s Transgender Restroom Policy

Hillcrest students rush to class before the late bell rings.

The transgender community is advancing in the public sphere, becoming more visible in the fashion industry, on live streaming shows like Orange is the New Black, and even on Facebook with their custom gender option. Unfortunately,…

Students Respond to Budget Cuts with Fully Automated Library Kiosks

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Franklin K. Lane High School, once a big campus, was broken down into four schools after receiving a D-rating due to its low academic performance and graduation rates. After the breakdown the school’s budget was short,…

Community Weighs in on Common Core Standards

Though critics in New York say the new standards cause too much anxiety and stress for students, some teachers say they do a better job of equipping them for college than traditional teaching methods. Despite disagreement…

Sound the Alarm: Schools Install Alarms to Prevent Students Leaving School

An example of the new alarms placed on the doors at Curtis High School in Staten Island, New York

This year, besides the bustling noise of students, there has been another sound at Curtis High School in Staten Island _ new alarms. While students are used to bells ringing to alert them to the start…

Career choices and expectation leave many first generation high school students torn

For many students, the pressure from parents — and increasing pressure from education policy — to pick a career related to science, technology, engineering or math, poses a challenge if they want to pursue a profession…

High school Students Consider HBCU vs. PWI

High school students are considering their college choices closely following the University of Missouri racial incidents. The question of whether to attend a Historically Black College (HBCU) or Predominantly White College (PWI) as it relates to…

Girls Can STEM! Programs Encourage Girls To Explore Science and Computer Careers

  Young girls across the world who lack support in Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) careers can turn to organizations to lessen the stigma with the lack of gender diversity. There are minimal women in…

High Schools in same building dispute access to pool

The John Jay Educational Campus in Park Slope has something that few New York City high schools have — a fully operational swimming pool. However, despite housing four independent high schools in the building, administrations only…

Metal Detectors in Schools Are In Place for Safety, but Make Some Students Uneasy

It’s 8 a.m., in a New York City high school, students are walking in a building making their way to the metal detectors to start their day with getting checked with security guards making sure that…

High School gives Chromebooks to some students – but not all

This year, Staten Island’s Curtis High School decided to give out Google Chromebooks – small, inexpensive laptop computers _ to its students for the first time. By using the light laptops in the classroom, school officials…

Separate and Unequal? The Debate on Charter School Co-Location

Keara Story, 14, is a freshman at Brooklyn Collegiate High School in New York. Her school is one of the many traditional public schools co-located with a charter school—a free, independently run public school that is…

Some students say they suffer harassment after school – by police

Complaints about police harassment at John Jay Educational Campus have caused an outcry throughout the school and the Park Slope community where it is based. Black and Latino students at the building that houses four high…

A Halt In Career Days: George Washington Carver High School

A career day is usually referred to as a day where professionals come in to speak to students about their professions and vocations. A career day can have valuable benefits such as giving students a glimpse…

Mayor Lifts Cell Phone Ban in Schools, but Some don’t Follow Suit

When Mayor Bill de Blasio ran for office he promised to lift the school cell phone ban that was imposed under former mayor Michael Bloomberg, and once he came into office, he made good on his…

Ed. Dept. Forces Cutbacks at Curtis High School

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$4 million in reductions hits staff, athletics and special education programs One of Staten Island’s largest high schools has had to make drastic adjustments since the Department of Education slashed its budget by millions. According to…

Groups promote sex education outside the classroom

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Community health organizations go further than public schools to push sex education for teens Tatiana Smith recalls the first time she learned about the Human Immunodeficiency Virus. Her mother once had a visitor with HIV come…

All girls high school drops critical science classes

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Lack of qualified physics teachers jeopardizes engineering careers The Young Women’s Leadership School in Astoria is dedicated to preparing its students for college. It’s stated goal is to “empower young women to achieve their higher education…

How students and parents manage high costs of school uniforms

The first day of school is always a challenge for students as they adjust from summer vacation back to busy schedules. They prepare for new subjects, new teachers and long hours of activities. However, for many…

How Class Enrollment Size Affects Learning

In many schools across the United States, students are being crammed into classrooms, in many cases more than 21 students per classroom, which can make it difficult for teachers to give students individual attention. Teachers and…