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Insideschools.org on Its Way Out?

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When New York City parents want to navigate the labyrinthine school system, they have three main options: try their luck with the Department of Education, hire a pricey school consultant or buy a book with the inside scoop. But for the past seven years, there has also been Insideschools.org, which has grown from a small [&hellip
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TIGHTENING THEIR BELTS

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“Doomsday,” “draconian” and “drastic” are a couple of words to describe New York State and City budget proposals. As legislative leaders tussle with executives over onerous cuts, local institutions, nonprofits and museums that rely on government assistance are feeling the hurt. “Most of these nonprofits get funding from all three levels of government in various [&hellip
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EMPTY SPACES LOOM ON BROADWAY

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Walking around Broadway’s bustling shops and restaurants, it’s easy to momentarily forget about the economic crisis. But the “going out of business” banners looming over the two liquidating Circuit City stores on the Upper West Side are, quite literally, signs of the times. Earlier this month, the company announced that it would be going out [&hellip
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THE STATE SENATE DEMOCRATIC TAKEOVER FOR DUMMIES

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Two months after Election Day, one failed leadership agreement and countless news stories detailing party infighting, State Senate Democrats’ life in the political wilderness finally came to an end on Jan. 8. Queens Democrat Malcolm Smith emerged as the Senate’s new majority leader, ending Republican control of that chamber for more than a generation
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CAROLINE: JUST LIKE US?

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Carolyn. Caroline. Carolyn. Caroline.(I feel like David Letterman at the Oscars: Uma. Oprah. Uma. Oprah.) Carolyn Maloney is just one of a slew of career politicians who are now up against Caroline Kennedy for Hillary Clinton’s Senate seat. And if I were Carolyn & Co., I would be so not happy
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BIG APPLE STRAW POLL

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Several would-be Senators have recently journeyed to crazy, frozen places like Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse to find out what the rest of the state wants in a federal representative. But what about constituents right here in the five boroughs? Earlier this week, we hung around Columbus Circle to find out who local voters wanted Gov. [&hellip
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TEPID RECEPTION TO REZONING PROPOSALS

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District 3’s Community Education Council characterized proposals for redrawn catchment zones mere “band-aid” solutions to school overcrowding. The rezoning proposals, which originated with the Department of Education, were the focus of the parent council’s meeting Oct. 2 at Joan of Arc High School, on West 93rd Street. In mid-September, the department offered two alternative rezoning [&hellip
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NO ROOM TO LEARN

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SPACE IS RUNNING OUT IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS-WHAT IS THE CITY’S PLAN FOR THE FUTURE? By Dan Rivoli Children swarmed out of P.S. 290 Manhattan New School on the sunny afternoon of Sept. 8, shaded by scaffolding only feet above parents’ heads. “They’re building for a long time,” said Anastasia Khusanou, whose son is in the [&hellip
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