Parents and students face changes as new school year begins in BX and city

Students across the Bronx and the city headed back to school Monday and one thing they can expect is to see a lot of new changes.

One big change is Mayor Bloomberg's continued effort to end social promotion. In addition to third-grade, students in fifth-grade will now have to pass rigorous standardized tests in order to be promoted to middle school. Another change is the addition of roughly 12,000 school seats throughout the Bronx and city. The majority of the added space will be at the high school level.

Schools Chancellor Joel Klein said at a time when the city is still talking about school reform and education reform, it's important for parents to be involved.

Meantime, Mayor Bloomberg is still pushing for more money for all city schools.

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