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bill de blasio
March 14, 2017
Report: Students and educators say school climate has worsened under de Blasio after sweeping discipline reforms
"What this evidence suggests is that we need to do more than just reduce suspensions."
running in place
March 10, 2017
New York City expanded its efforts to boost diversity at elite specialized high schools. So why hasn’t the needle budged?
“We need the education department to lead the charge on this one.”
rumor has it
March 3, 2017
Is New York City schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña on her way out?
Chatter has mounted recently over whether Fariña, after 50 years in public education, is on her way out. The city Department of Education says: "Not true."
February 28, 2017
New York City’s education budget has jumped over 40 percent in 10 years. Here’s why.
"The cost of the salary increases and retroactive pay embodied in the 2014 contract settlement have had a major impact on the DOE’s budget."
crime and punishment
February 27, 2017
New York City plans to expand programs to keep students away from the criminal justice system
But some advocates said the new measures are unlikely to make a significant dent in the number of students who are slapped with criminal offenses at school.
Behind the numbers
February 22, 2017
New York City is touting grad rates at its lowest-performing high schools, but far fewer students are graduating from them
"It can almost be framed as a marketing problem."
February 3, 2017
An exit interview with Sophia Pappas, who led New York City’s historic expansion of universal pre-K
After leading an unprecedented expansion effort of universal pre-K in New York City, Sophia Pappas is moving on.
January 24, 2017
What are Mayor de Blasio’s education priorities? Here’s what his preliminary budget tells us
Upgrades to SESIS, universal literacy by second grade, and better internet access in schools are all part of the plan.
January 12, 2017
Three big questions as de Blasio’s school turnaround program approaches the three-year mark
"What’s the threshold for deciding if the growth is sufficient?"
January 9, 2017
It’s official: The city confirms plans to close or merge nine Renewal schools next year
Sixteen of 94 original Renewal schools have been closed or consolidated.
January 8, 2017
Report: New York City poised to close or merge nine ‘Renewal’ schools
The program was designed to spare low-performing schools from closure.
December 21, 2016
Education candidate Josh Thompson challenging de Blasio with long-shot bid for mayor
Thompson supports school vouchers, charter schools and merit pay for educators -- all contentious issues in New York City, where the teachers union is famously strong.
December 5, 2016
At some Renewal schools, the city’s new ‘challenge’ targets require only tiny improvements
Thirty schools only have to improve average math or reading scores by .01 points.
October 31, 2016
New York City school suspensions continue to plummet, but stark disparities persist
Suspensions have dropped 46 percent over five years.
October 28, 2016
The city is paying for more students with disabilities to attend private school. But is that helping poor families?
"You would think the department would want to demonstrate the effects of the policy change."
September 28, 2016
Study: Students in New York City’s Pre-K for All program show learning gains
New studies of the city's universal pre-K program show students gained measurable academic skills.
Let's be friends
September 8, 2016
After blistering charter critique, de Blasio visits KIPP middle school
“I think it’s really exciting the way you’re leading this classroom,” de Blasio said.
After the bell
August 30, 2016
Access to after-school programs remains a problem in low-income communities, report finds
The Aftercare Alliance reports that 28 percent of all New York City students were enrolled in aftercare in 2014, higher than the national average.
speaking of segregation
August 10, 2016
Mayor Bill de Blasio promises ‘bigger vision’ for promoting school diversity, but offers few specifics
“So to folks who say we want to see more, I understand where they are coming from and my simple answer is: you’re going to see more,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said.
August 2, 2016
Only four New York City schools now on state’s ‘persistently dangerous’ list
The number of dangerous schools, as defined by the state, has hit an all-time low.
July 21, 2016
City will no longer suspend students in grades K-2, and releases a slew of new school crime data
Advocates largely praised the new policy, but stark racial disparities in school discipline persist.
July 8, 2016
The city is paying for more students with disabilities to attend private school; advocates say problems persist
More students with disabilities than at any point in the last five years are being educated in private schools, according to the city.
July 6, 2016
Under pressure from advocates, city inches toward district-wide integration plan
Top officials are considering a plan to better integrate schools in Manhattan's District 1. Advocates say that's a sign of progress, yet some want the city to go further.
it's a deal
June 17, 2016
It’s a deal: Lawmakers agree to extend mayoral control of New York City schools by one year
Lawmakers agreed to a one-year extension of mayoral control of New York City schools Friday night, a short-term deal that represents a swipe at Mayor Bill de Blasio.
wheeling and dealing
June 16, 2016
Lawmakers nearing a deal extending mayoral control for one year, sources say
State lawmakers are poised to agree to a one-year extension of mayoral control of New York City schools, sources said Thursday evening.
speaking of segregation
June 16, 2016
De Blasio takes heat on school integration policies
City Councilman Ritchie Torres challenged de Blasio's claim that the city's affordable housing plan will foster school desegregation.
June 14, 2016
As 12 early community schools face funding cuts, advocates question city’s long-term commitment
In New York City, an unexpected fight has flared up between proponents of social service-filled “community schools” and the administration of Mayor Bill de…
June 9, 2016
City unveils new report cards for schools serving high-needs students
“Some of them could and should be more nuanced, but I think they’re valuable nonetheless,” said Maggie Moroff, a special education expert at Advocates for Children.
June 7, 2016
Leader of community school movement: New York is changing how cities think about addressing poverty
"I think Mayor de Blasio influenced what [Philadelphia] Mayor [Jim] Kenney is doing, what [Mayor] Ras Baraka is going to do in Newark. So we have a rising tide."
June 1, 2016
Success Academy charter network cancels classes after losing fight to offer pre-K on its own terms
The pre-K battle marks the latest chapter in an ongoing feud between Mayor Bill de Blasio and Success CEO Eva Moskowitz, and one of Moskowitz’s only public losses.
May 11, 2016
‘Algebra for All’ will launch with online community and added planning time for some New York City teachers
Education officials released new details this week about how it will prepare educators to fulfill Mayor Bill de Blasio’s sweeping “Algebra for All” initiative.
the tenure track
May 6, 2016
Exclusive: Teacher tenure approvals tick up, continuing a de Blasio-era shift
Sixty-four percent of eligible teachers were granted tenure during the 2014-15 school year, up from 60 percent the year before.
May 5, 2016
Senate leader warns de Blasio: Mayoral control isn’t a done deal
John Flanagan accused Mayor Bill de Blasio of showing “a disturbing lack of personal knowledge about city schools” in a sharply worded press release Thursday.
who rules the schools
May 5, 2016
De Blasio faces little pushback at first mayoral control hearing
Mayor Bill de Blasio returned to Albany to plead for continued control of city schools, encountering a slightly friendlier audience than he did last year.
a growing challenge
April 26, 2016
As homeless population swells, New York City will add more health clinics at schools
The mayor’s new initiative will use $19.5 million to build health clinics at up to 13 campuses that house large elementary schools where many students live in shelters.
April 20, 2016
As New York City’s suspension rate falls, some educators see a parallel dip in discipline
Some teachers say schools are not giving suspensions even when they're warranted, and their union says teachers need more training and support.
how low will they go?
March 31, 2016
School suspensions continue to drop sharply under de Blasio
Schools gave out 31 percent fewer suspensions in the first half of this school year than they did in 2014.
By the numbers
March 10, 2016
As city gears up for year three of its pre-K expansion, applications hold steady
The total number of applications — more than 68,000 — is in line with last year’s total. But the Bronx and Manhattan both saw drops.
February 18, 2016
As de Blasio pushes fewer suspensions, advocacy group attacks school safety record
An advocacy group known for its opposition to de Blasio’s education policies says the mayor misled the public about a drop in violence in New York City schools.
February 17, 2016
After navigating leadership change at City Hall, New Visions prepares for one of its own
New Visions for Public Schools President Robert Hughes ran a school-system-within-a-school-system. Now, he's moving to the Gates Foundation.
equity and excellence
February 9, 2016
New details emerge in de Blasio’s ‘Equity and Excellence’ agenda
This spring, the city will hire 100 “Single Shepherds” slated to work with students in Districts 7 and 23 to help them graduate and prepare for college.
computer science for all
January 29, 2016
Kicking off ‘Computer Science for All,’ city will add AP classes, software programs
New York City’s plan to provide a computer science education to its 1.1 million students will kick off next year in at least 50 schools.
January 27, 2016
Fariña holds firm on mayoral control as Republicans take shots at de Blasio
Testifying before state lawmakers, Fariña said that her long career in education has taught her that bureaucracies “do harm education.”
making his case
January 26, 2016
Arguing for mayoral control, de Blasio sparks a spat over charter school funding
“We hold a basic belief that every single child in this state is equally important,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said.
the first draft
January 21, 2016
De Blasio’s spending plan would hike budgets at more than 650 schools
His $82.1 billion city budget proposal, released Thursday, shows how the city plans to achieve the education goals de Blasio laid out last fall.
December 23, 2015
City teachers could see paid parental leave next year
Mayor de Blasio said the city is poised to “immediately enter talks” with the municipal unions like the UFT to extend the benefit.
students with disabilities
December 21, 2015
Investigation slams city over accommodations for students with disabilities
The office of Preet Bharara details inadequate school entrances and alarm systems that keep physically disabled students from attending their local elementary schools.
rhetoric and realism
December 3, 2015
Renewal schools get three years to meet one-year goals, clashing with mayor’s rhetoric
The goals raise questions about the extent and pace of change that education officials expect to result from the nearly $400 million turnaround program.
By the numbers
December 1, 2015
Often cited by officials, ‘Renewal’ school goals are hard to find
The city has refused to release one-page goal lists that it gave 94 struggling schools this spring. Instead, it has pointed parents to lengthy improvement plans online.
mental health 'crisis'
November 23, 2015
City’s new mental health plan includes 100 school health workers and focus on pre-K
New York City’s efforts to improve mental health services in schools will reach many more students by 2017, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday.
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