by Allan Appel | Mar 20, 2018 8:10 am | Comments (5)
On the evening of her first day on the job, new city schools Superintendent Carol Birks got a long earful about deficits, the budgeting process, and whether money might be saved in transportation costs if high schoolers took public transit and routes were reconfigured.
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by Thomas Breen | Mar 20, 2018 8:08 am | Comments (1)
Alders voted to approve two appointees to the Board of Education on Monday night.
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by Christopher Peak | Mar 19, 2018 7:55 am | Comments (4)
Benjamin’s teachers at Hillhouse High School hadn’t seen the ninth-grader in class for more than five months — until a new Youth Stat program intervened.
Marked absent since August, practically right after the school year started, Benjamin started showing up again in recent weeks, after youth workers showed up at his house and caught him up.
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by Liam Brennan | Mar 15, 2018 12:13 pm | Comments (11)
Liam Brennan is the father of two current and two future NHPS students.
(Opinion) March roars into New Haven bringing not only spring but a new superintendent. Carol Birks, the victor of the Board of Education’s controversial hiring-by-fire process, faces an uphill battle as she takes the reins of Elm City public schools this coming Monday. City and state officials have bequeathed to her a system afflicted with deep challenges and left parents wondering whether she is a remedy to — or just a product of — a negligent government.
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by Christopher Peak | Mar 14, 2018 3:17 pm | Comments (3)
At Wilbur Cross High School, students participating in a nationwide walkout Wednesday spoke of their fear of a mass shooting, but they also addressed the more pervasive violence in New Haven, including homicides that buried their classmates.
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by Thomas Breen | Mar 14, 2018 12:52 pm | Comments (15)
Nearly 600 students at Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School walked out of their classes and onto the streets of downtown New Haven — with permission — to add their voices to a national day of student protest against gun violence.
Thousands of students throughout the country, including students at other New Haven high schools including Wilbur Cross and Hillhouse, participated in the national day of school walkouts, which was held one month to the day after a former student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida murdered 17 students and teachers with an assault weapon. At least 5,000 New Haven high school and middle school students participated, according to Board of Education Chief Operating Officer Will Clark.
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by Christopher Peak | Mar 13, 2018 2:18 pm | Comments (9)
Eleven school maintenance contracts are going out to bid again, the Board of Education decided.
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by Allan Appel | Mar 13, 2018 12:51 pm
If each of the 950 students at James Hillhouse High School puts just a quarter in the three wooden boxes fashioned by the young carpenters in wood shop, that would add up to more than $200 for books, technology, data bases, and furniture for the new Stetson Library.
The money, however, is only part of the point.
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by Brian Slattery | Mar 12, 2018 7:50 am
Fifteen New Haven high-school students brought playwright August Wilson’s characters to life in an August Wilson Monologue Competition on Friday evening. Before they started, James Bundy, artistic director at the Yale Repertory Theatre, reminded the audience that a little bit of themselves might be in Wilson’s plays.
The self-taught playwright, Bundy said, spent a lot of time just listening to people talk. “The people who are in his plays are people he heard from sitting in coffee shops.” In town, that meant Atticus and especially Book Trader on Chapel Street. If you stop into Book Trader, Bundy said, “You’re sitting where he listened to New Haven.”
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by Christopher Peak | Mar 8, 2018 3:42 pm | Comments (25)
The city’s school facilities director has again failed to get 11 needed contract renewals past the Board of Education’s Finance Committee, leaving instead with a public dressing-down and an order to clean up rusty nails and black mold at Wilbur Cross’s pool.
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