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Cassi Feldman is bureau chief of Chalkbeat New York. She has previously worked at CBS News' 60 Minutes, City Limits magazine and the San Francisco Bay Guardian. Her writing has also appeared in Newsday and The New York Times.
May 26, 2017
Rise & Shine: Draft letter calls on city to take ‘morally necessary’ steps to integrate schools
DIVERSITY DEMANDS A group of advocates have drafted a letter to Chancellor Fariña with a list of ideas for addressing school segregation. Chalkbeat ANOTHER YEAR…
May 19, 2017
Rise & Shine: Success Academy’s top lawyer leaving to start her own charter schools
LAWYER LEAVING Emily Kim, chief counsel at Success Academy Charter Schools, is leaving at the end of June to start her own charter…
comings and goings
May 18, 2017
Success Academy’s top lawyer is leaving — to start her own charter schools
Emily Kim, Success Academy’s vice president of policy and legal affairs, will leave Success at the end of June.
May 15, 2017
Chancellor Fariña visits Queens school to reassure families after immigration agents came knocking
Elsewhere in the country, immigration crackdowns have led parents to keep children home from school.
May 10, 2017
Rise & Shine: Protesters denounce Paul Ryan’s visit to a Success Academy school
SPEAKER’S TOUR Scores of activists protested outside Success Academy Harlem 1 on Tuesday afternoon as House Speaker Paul Ryan toured the charter school. Chalkbeat, DNAinfo,…
May 9, 2017
Protesters denounce Paul Ryan’s visit to a Success Academy school in Harlem
Activists say it's especially galling for Ryan to visit given the recent passage of the Republicans' Obamacare replacement.
May 8, 2017
Rise & Shine: Teacher tenure under Mayor de Blasio remains far from assured
TEACHER TENURE The percentage of eligible teachers who got tenure last year remained steady at 64 percent, far lower than it was a decade ago.
May 5, 2017
Rise & Shine: Advocates say investigation of Principal Jill Bloomberg raises free speech concerns
SPEAKING OUT The city’s investigation of Jill Bloomberg, principal of Park Slope Collegiate, involves a regulation governing political expression in schools. Chalkbeat Bloomberg has a…
rules and regs
May 5, 2017
Investigation of activist principal has free-speech advocates asking what politics are allowed at school
One of the issues in the investigation of Principal Jill Bloomberg is whether she violated a Chancellor's regulation that governs political expression.
May 3, 2017
New York City the latest district to warn parents about Netflix’s ‘13 Reasons Why’
City schools are sending a letter home, urging parents to talk with their children about the popular series.
May 2, 2017
Is Park Slope principal Jill Bloomberg under investigation for ‘communist activities’? Here’s what we know about the odd allegations
Bloomberg has violated two Chancellor’s Regulations, the city argues, which “prohibit the use of school facilities, equipment and supplies on behalf of political organizations.”
May 1, 2017
Success Academy named finalist for prestigious national charter school award
The annual prize honors large charter school networks that have proven adept at serving low-income students and students of color.
talking it out
April 28, 2017
At NAACP hearing on charter school moratorium, foes and fans find common ground
At a hearing on the NAACP's charter school moratorium, several speakers said the problem wasn't school choice, but the fact that so many district schools were struggling.
April 28, 2017
Rise & Shine: City teens team up with podcasters to explore inequity in schools
TEENS TAKE CHARGE A student-led group is tackling school inequality, with the help of The Bell, a new podcast. Chalkbeat A DISTRICT DIVIDED A close…
April 26, 2017
Mayor’s budget includes funding for homeless students, 3-K for All, and air-conditioned classrooms
Mayor Bill de Blasio’s 2018 executive budget was hailed as a win by advocates who pushed the city to restore $10.3 million in funding for homeless students omitted from his draft budget.
April 21, 2017
Rise & Shine: New principal named for Townsend Harris after heated fight
NEW PRINCIPAL Brian Condon was named principal of Townsend Harris High School in Queens, ending months of turmoil sparked by the appointment of Interim Acting Principal Rosemarie…
Turnover at the top
April 20, 2017
Interim Acting Principal Rosemarie Jahoda is out at Townsend Harris
After months of protests by students and faculty, a new principal has been named for Townsend Harris High School: Brian Condon.
April 19, 2017
Advocates push mayor to restore funding for New York City students living in shelters
Advocates are asking the city to "reinstate, strengthen and baseline funding" for students living in shelters.
April 19, 2017
Rise & Shine: Advocates want more public input on city’s diversity plan
DIVERSITY PLANNING Advocates say they are in the dark on the city’s diversity plan, which is expected to be released by June. Chalkbeat STILL WAITING The Department…
April 14, 2017
If school is a haven for homeless students, what happens over spring break? For these kids, a mini-musical
A spring arts camp gives students in temporary housing a place to spend their recess -- and a chance to perform.
April 12, 2017
Rise & Shine: Staten Island high school is molding future teachers
FUTURE TEACHERS Students at New Dorp High School on Staten Island are catching the teaching bug, thanks to an innovative program at their school. Chalkbeat UNION HEAD For the first…
April 7, 2017
Rise & Shine: Despite outreach, number of city students qualifying for gifted doesn’t budge
GIFTED STATS More students in Brooklyn and the Bronx took the gifted test last year, but the number deemed eligible for the program stayed the…
April 6, 2017
‘Harlem diaspora’ sends local children to 176 different public schools, report finds
Harlem elementary schools are “hemorrhaging” students, according to a new report by the Center for New York City Affairs at the New School.
April 5, 2017
Rise & Shine: Low-income NYC children are healthier since launch of Pre-K for All
PRE-K PROMISE A new study found that the introduction of universal pre-K led to improved health outcomes for low-income children in New York City. Chalkbeat LATE…
March 31, 2017
Rise & Shine: How New York City is reinventing the parent-teacher conference
ENGAGING PARENTS At West Prep Academy on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, parents are invited to school to learn about what their students are being taught, hear…
on the record
March 23, 2017
Why charter school leader Eva Moskowitz, a Democrat, is going to bat for Betsy DeVos
Chalkbeat interviews the founder and CEO of Success Academy Charter Schools.
March 23, 2017
Rise & Shine: Despite pushback, city panel approves closure of five more Renewal schools
RENEWAL CLOSURES The city’s Panel for Educational Policy approved five Renewal turnaround schools for closure, despite hours of passionate testimony from parents, educators and city officials.
March 17, 2017
Rise & Shine: Trump’s budget blueprint includes major education cuts
TRUMP’S BUDGET The president’s budget blueprint, unveiled Thursday, includes $1.4 billion for school choice efforts and a $9 billion cut to the Department of Education.
March 13, 2017
Rise & Shine: How one Bronx elementary school is reinventing math class as part of a citywide push
MATH MAKEOVER P.S. 294 in the Bronx, part of the city’s Algebra for All initiative, is changing the way it teaches math — and exciting students in…
March 10, 2017
Rise & Shine: How running a school on Rikers Island helped shape a superintendent
AFTER RIKERS Tim Lisante, superintendent of District 79, found his calling thirty years ago, helping students incarcerated on Rikers Island. Now he helps them come home. …
March 1, 2017
Rise & Shine: Advocates want stronger protections for immigrant students in city schools
IMMIGRANT ACTION Dozens of advocates rallied outside Tuesday’s Panel for Educational Policy meeting to demand that the city do more to safeguard immigrant students. Chalkbeat,…
February 24, 2017
Rise & Shine: A student leader is taking on the principal at Townsend Harris High School
STUDENT ACTIVISM How Alex Chen, the soft-spoken student union president at Townsend Harris High School, is helping to lead the fight against Interim Acting Principal Rosemarie…
cause and effect
February 23, 2017
Trump’s proposed AmeriCorps cuts would trim .03 percent of the federal budget — but slash support at 11,000 schools
The program has been threatened before, but AmeriCorps members and supporters have good reason to fear this time could be different.
February 16, 2017
Rise & Shine: Chalkbeat readers tell Education Secretary Betsy DeVos about their schools
DEAR SECRETARY We asked readers what they wanted Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to know. Here’s what you told us. Chalkbeat REALITY CHECK Betsy DeVos was a…
February 8, 2017
Rise & Shine: Betsy DeVos confirmed as U.S. education secretary
IT’S OFFICIAL Betsy DeVos was named U.S. education secretary Tuesday after an unprecedented tiebreaker vote from Vice President Mike Pence. Chalkbeat WHAT’S POSSIBLE For those…
February 7, 2017
Can keeping students longer help them thrive? A charter school explains why it’s adding grades
Haven Academy, the city's only charter school designed to serve children in the child welfare system, is set to expand.
February 6, 2017
Rise & Shine: How safe are immigrant students in New York City schools?
SAFEGUARDING IMMIGRANTS The city is trying to reassure anxious immigrants that personal information collected at school will be kept confidential. Chalkbeat EXIT INTERVIEW Sophia Pappas, who led…
February 3, 2017
Rise & Shine: Former U.S. Education Secretary John King to lead Education Trust
TRUST ME Former U.S. Education Secretary John King was named president and CEO of the Education Trust, a nonprofit that pushes for high academic standards. Chalkbeat…
January 30, 2017
Despite Trump immigration crackdown, city tells students and families: ‘We stand with you’
Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña and Commissioner Nisha Agarwal of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs are trying to reassure parents with a letter home.
January 27, 2017
Rise & Shine: Famed researcher Linda Darling-Hammond on the future of New York education – and what she makes of Betsy DeVos
ESSA EXPERT Chalkbeat sits down with education researcher Linda Darling-Hammond, who is advising the state on how to implement the federal Every Student Succeeds Act.
January 17, 2017
Rise & Shine: City reports improvement in quality of Pre-K for All
PRE-K REVIEWS The Department of Education released its latest review of Pre-K for All sites this morning, along with individual “quality snapshots.” Chalkbeat SCHOOL…
January 17, 2017
City reports improvement in Pre-K for All, shares individual site ‘snapshots’
Parents trying to choose from among the city's roughly 1,800 pre-K sites just got a new tool.
January 13, 2017
Rise & Shine: What’s next for the Renewal school turnaround program?
ASSESSING RENEWAL What does the Department of Education’s decision to close six more Renewal schools say about the program and its future? Chalkbeat LOOK AHEAD…
January 3, 2017
Rise & Shine: New York City schools back in session
FUNDING FIX A judge ordered the state Division of the Budget to unfreeze $69 million for schools once deemed “persistently struggling” but no longer designated as…
December 14, 2016
Rise & Shine: State officials vote to change the way school violence is tracked
TRACKING CHANGE The number of categories of “violent and disruptive” incidents logged at schools will shrink under new rules passed by the Board of Regents Tuesday.
having their say
December 12, 2016
Students at Townsend Harris High School hold hallway sit-in to protest Principal Rosemarie Jahoda
A separate petition, signed by more than 3,000 people, says the interim acting principal is not the right fit for the school.
December 9, 2016
Rise & Shine: Harlem parents fight school rezoning and merger
FIGHTING HATE Advocates gathered outside Department of Education headquarters to demand more support for immigrant families and more training to combat bias incidents in city schools.
December 2, 2016
New York City officials: Large-scale school desegregation plan likely coming by June
The city says its long-awaited school integration will likely be released by the end of the school year.
December 2, 2016
Rise & Shine: Students applying to NYC schools hit admissions deadline
COLLEGE READY? Advocates say the high school application process is frustrating at best, and most city high schools aren’t preparing students well for college. DNAinfo KINDERGARTEN…
November 28, 2016
Rise & Shine: Getting to know Betsy DeVos, Trump’s pick for education secretary
TRUMP’S PICK President-elect Donald Trump announced his choice for education secretary: Michigan philanthropist Betsy DeVos. Chalkbeat, New York Times, Slate, NPR, New York Post PREDICTING…
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