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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 14, 2017
NYC Chancellor Carmen Fariña on pre-K diversity struggles: ‘This is parent choice’
Chancellor Carmen Fariña is again drawing criticism from school integration advocates — this time for appearing to excuse racially segregated pre-K programs…
February 6, 2017
As anxiety grows after Trump’s executive orders, what protections do immigrant students have in NYC schools?
New York City schools are places where data and documents are collected. Can advocates and city official keeps that information private?
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.
December 21, 2016
In a win for the UFT, city reaches deal that moves further away from evaluating teachers based on multiple-choice tests
The city plans to use the new evaluation system this school year.
November 16, 2016
Record number of New York City students are going to college, vocational programs
The reports now include 2015-2016 data.
from the top
November 9, 2016
Leader of nation’s largest school district tells principals to ‘project a sense of calmness and confidence’ today
Chancellor Carmen Fariña sent an email to school principals, superintendents and field support staff with advice on how to handle the election of Donald Trump.
October 31, 2016
New York City school suspensions continue to plummet, but stark disparities persist
Suspensions have dropped 46 percent over five years.
September 15, 2016
NYPD handcuffed 20 students under 12 years old last spring — and other revelations from newly released school safety data
"The racial inequities we saw in the first quarter were not an aberration, but part of a pattern of criminalization of black and brown youth in our schools and city."
September 7, 2016
New York City’s schools chancellor just sent her first tweet, but people have been tweeting at her for years
"As the chancellor's said many times, September is her favorite month and a great opportunity to reinvent and try new things!"
equity and excellence
August 23, 2016
One-on-one counselors tasked with ‘whatever it takes’ to help students succeed
When classes start this September, more than 100 extra guidance counselors and social workers will stream into some of New York City’s most fragile schools.
By the numbers
August 23, 2016
What do New York City’s youngest students get suspended for, anyway?
The answer may offer ammunition to both sides of the school discipline debate.
path to college
August 16, 2016
Fariña shares her shaky path to college, and vows to keep NYC students on firmer ground
Chancellor Carmen Fariña kicks off College Access for All with the story of her own college application process and some insights into her philosophy
doing the 'impossible'
July 28, 2016
As one ‘master principal’ stumbles, others try to juggle two schools at once
One prominent "master principal" recently gave up his dual role running two schools. But a half-dozen other principals are trying to make it work.
meet the new bosses
July 25, 2016
City picks new leaders for two of its most troubled high schools: Boys and Girls and Automotive
Grecian Harrison, a Bronx assistant principal, will take over Brooklyn's Boys and Girls HS. Kevin Bryant, a Brooklyn principal, will lead Automotive.
July 22, 2016
City eyes Bronx AP to take over troubled Boys and Girls High School
Education department officials are said to be considering an assistant principal from the Bronx to take over the high-profile job.
July 14, 2016
New York City schools chief to teachers and parents: Talking to kids about race and violence is ‘a moral obligation’
New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña is formally encouraging local educators to wade in — even if it's hard.
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.
June 23, 2016
Embattled principal of Boys and Girls High School is leaving, in blow to city’s turnaround effort
Michael Wiltshire is returning full-time to Medgar Evers College Preparatory School. As "master principal," he has simultaneously led that school and Boys and Girls.
June 21, 2016
New ‘dashboard’ promises easier access to school data
But schools serving some of the city's highest-needs populations will be left out for now.
The Old College Try
June 13, 2016
City program to offer middle schoolers an early push to college will reach 167 schools next year
The program’s larger goal is to give all of the city's students an opportunity to visit a college campus during middle school.
sorting the students
June 10, 2016
Upper West Side superintendent floats integration plan to reduce the class divide among middle schools
The idea for is for every middle school to enroll at least 30 percent low-income students, in a district where some enroll 10 percent and others nearly 100 percent.
June 1, 2016
Fariña defends Michael Wiltshire, ‘master principal’ of two schools who may soon leave both
Wiltshire has recently run into challenges at Medgar Evers College Prep, where he is the subject of an ongoing city investigation, officials confirmed Wednesday.
equity and excellence
May 27, 2016
City will hire 100 reading coaches to kick off of universal literacy initiative
New York City’s push to have every third-grade student reading on grade level will begin with a hundred educators dispatched to coach reading teachers in key districts.
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.
May 2, 2016
Local policymakers hold the key to school desegregation, U.S. education chief John King says
U.S. Education Secretary John King said Monday that his power to force school desegregation is limited, but states and districts have new tools to promote integration.
April 20, 2016
Education panel signs off on closure of Bronx high school, after facing rare criticism
Some criticized the administration for closing the Bronx Foreign Language Academy of Global Studies instead of continuing efforts to reinvigorate it.
April 4, 2016
City to add dozens of dual-language programs as they grow in popularity
Chancellor Carmen Fariña, whose parents were Spanish immigrants, has made the expansion of dual-language programs a top priority.
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.
March 30, 2016
What does the opt-out movement want this year?
As students gear up to take the exams this year, there is a lingering question: What does the opt-out movement want to gain from boycotting tests again?
March 16, 2016
Fariña talks changes to metal detector policy, defends classroom breakfast
"You want make sure that when you remove something [like metal detectors] that the school stays as safe," Chancellor Carmen Fariña said.
calling for backup
March 9, 2016
Educators on front line of desegregation debate say city must take the lead
A panel of educators, parents, and a student spoke about school segregation Tuesday, with some calling on the city to more aggressively tackle the issue.
By the numbers
March 2, 2016
Grim statistics show city still failing to evaluate, serve many students with disabilities
Newly released data show New York City is still struggling to provide services to students with disabilities — a group larger than Hawaii’s entire student population.
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.
Algebra for All
February 16, 2016
75 schools will overhaul math teaching, a move Fariña says will reduce inequity
Seventy-five New York City schools are planning to shift the way they teach fifth-grade math next year.
meeting the bar
February 12, 2016
City moves to shutter three charter schools, including Beginning with Children
“Each of these schools were given clear conditions with benchmarks for performance, and they failed to meet them,” Chancellor Carmen Fariña said.
February 12, 2016
Exclusive: Two years in, Carmen Fariña’s philosophy on improving NYC schools is clearer than ever
"That’s the sort of thing I feel is crucial: professional development, across the city, where all teachers are treated equitably."
to do list
February 10, 2016
Searching for answers to segregation, Fariña enlists top deputy and solicits local ideas
In an exclusive interview, Chancellor Carmen Fariña explained that she's open to policy changes to promote diversity, but also searching for community-created plans.
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.”
opting out of ed-opt
January 15, 2016
Why some New York City high schools that were designed to be diverse aren’t
The city is expanding the number of high schools who admit students with a pre-set mix of academic abilities. But there’s a problem: At many schools, it’s not working.
war of words
January 14, 2016
Officials defend ‘Renewal’ program after attack by principals union
The mayor and schools chief came to the defense of the expensive program for struggling schools after the principals union chief called it a “recipe for disaster.”
December 23, 2015
School segregation debates grabbed New York headlines in 2015. Now what?
Four questions facing New York City and those pushing to better integrate its schools in 2016.
struggling school skirmish
December 4, 2015
After Tisch attacks Renewal goals, city says school closures possible next year
After Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch called the city's goals for some troubled schools "ridiculous," a city spokeswoman said some schools could be closed next year.
December 3, 2015
As city promotes dual-language programs, it selects 15 as models
The city has selected 15 schools with outstanding dual-language programs to serve as models for other schools.
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.
November 23, 2015
One year after launch, Fariña offers few new details about $400M Renewal program
The schools chief said chronic absenteeism is down slightly in the 94 struggling schools, but she offered few other statistics about their progress.
November 20, 2015
Fariña defends school merger plans as panel signs off
Carmen Farina framed the plan as a fix for schools that are suffering from limited resources due to their dwindling number of students.
November 11, 2015
Anxieties grow for some vanishing schools in city’s merger plans
As the city's merger plans move forward, a public meeting in East Harlem hinted at some of the tensions to come.
November 4, 2015
On second tour, Elia scrutinizes teaching and learning inside a Renewal classroom
After a tour at P.S. 298 in Brownsville, Elia and other state education officials applauded the school’s efforts, but said more improvement was needed.
November 2, 2015
From ABCs to ‘Americanah,’ city hopes book lists will boost student reading
The city education department compiled lists of contemporary children’s and young-adult books as part of a new initiative called “NYC Reads 365."
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