Faulty sanctions plague city welfare recipients

The city routinely sanctions poor New Yorkers receiving cash assistance, but those penalties are often reversed when recipients appeal. ⧸ Full Story

Juvenile justice system offers school progress — for select few

'Close to Home' effort brings hundreds of detained young people into city schools system, but thousands more remain far from graduation ⧸ Full Story

Welfare center managers dismissed for inflating job-placement numbers

Three Human Resources Administration officials lose jobs after judge finds they manipulated case records to meet performance targets ⧸ Full Story

Challenge for pre-K recruitment: lagging Latino enrollment

Newly released study finds Hispanic kids sign up for early childhood education at rates lower than peers ⧸ Full Story

City schools make play for corporate sponsorship of athletics

Department of Education seeks proposals from sports-marketing firms to bring in revenue from advertisers ⧸ Full Story

VIDEO: Studying the science of marijuana

Meet Dr. Ziva Cooper, a scholar on the front lines of research on the biochemical effects of cannabis ⧸ Full Story

Council’s green grab provokes pushback from appliance industry

Lawsuit challenges mandate for manufacturers to clean up ozone-depleting gas from junked refrigerators and air conditioners ⧸ Full Story

San Francisco reins in police presence in schools

Imminent agreement between educators and law enforcement could be model for New York City reform ⧸ Full Story

Can New York suspend the Common Core curriculum?

Pressure mounts to put the brakes on the controversial school blueprint — but activists have some mighty obstacles in their way ⧸ Full Story

Surge pricing for drivers’ taxi medallions

Cabbies flock to own their own businesses, at record-high cost ⧸ Full Story

VIDEO: A home (for now) for banned e-waste

State law will soon make it illegal to dump old electronics in landfills. A Brooklyn recycling facility braces for the coming influx. ⧸ Full Story

Exit interview: Councilmember Robert Jackson

One takeaway after 12 years in the council: 'Don’t just blame the education system. Who’s at fault? It starts at home with the parents.' ⧸ Full Story

VIDEO: Homeless for the holidays

Thousands of New Yorkers sleep on the streets every night, and Christmas is no exception ⧸ Full Story

De Blasio poised to overhaul school discipline

As public advocate, mayor-elect called for interventions in place of suspensions ⧸ Full Story

Unanimous Board of Health approval for mandatory tot flu vaccine

Up to 150,000 young children in day care to be inoculated ⧸ Full Story

New York lags nation on hospital quality test, costing city millions in aid

Second annual review from Medicare leaves all but one Health and Hospitals Corporation facility facing financial penalties from the feds ⧸ Full Story

Green taxis cluster in small number of neighborhoods

Nine areas account for more than half of all livery-cab hails ⧸ Full Story

School progress reports show winning and losing neighborhoods

Manhattan's District 2 has the biggest share of highly rated schools in the city; Brooklyn's Flatbush and Canarsie the lowest ⧸ Full Story

Bus and subway fare hike reprieve? Only if you count on union concessions

Newly optimistic MTA financial projections lower the projected cost of a ride — but assume that workers will accept no wage increases for the years they've worked without a contract ⧸ Full Story

School busing giant files for bankruptcy

Department of Education vows to continue cost-cutting overhaul of yellow bus routes; drivers' union says changes come 'on the back' of veteran workers ⧸ Full Story