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mayor bill de blasio
June 22, 2017
State lawmakers end session without passing mayoral control. Where does that leave us?
Lawmakers wrapped up the legislative session late Wednesday, though they could return to address mayoral control of New York City schools.
An education U-turn
June 21, 2017
Do struggling schools in New York City’s Renewal turnaround program outperform those left out? A new analysis suggests no
“The scale of resources for the system to intervene in poverty is a very hard thing to do and it’s likely you won’t soon see the results you want.”
one day more
June 20, 2017
It’s crunch time in Albany. What will happen to mayoral control?
With control of New York City schools expiring at the end of June, lawmakers must decide if they will grant another extension and whether there will be strings attached.
An education U-turn
June 20, 2017
Mayor Bill de Blasio has made many education promises. Here’s what he’s delivered so far — and what he hasn’t
With the mayoral election approaching, we've taken stock of de Blasio's progress on education.
An education U-turn
June 20, 2017
From power to paperwork: New York City principals adjust to a reined-in role under Carmen Fariña
This story is the first in a Chalkbeat series about Mayor Bill de Blasio's vision for education.
June 19, 2017
Chancellor Fariña on why losing mayoral control ‘would mean chaos, gridlock and corruption’
Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña says letting mayoral control lapse would usher in the cronyism and inequities of the past.
June 8, 2017
Grilled by reporters, de Blasio says he wants to ‘level with the people’ about school integration
Two days after New York City released its much-anticipated school diversity plan, Mayor Bill de Blasio was forced to defend its rollout, scope and purpose.
room to run
June 5, 2017
City announces major push to provide all schools with designated space for gym class
New York City will invest $385 million over the next four years to provide all city schools with a designated space for physical education.
June 3, 2017
Coming soon: a new mega-study on community schools and an award for NYC
The study from the Learning Policy Institute will summarize 125 other pieces of research about the approach, which floods schools with resources to meet their students' personal needs.
dear de blasio
May 22, 2017
Flanagan blasts de Blasio on ‘transparency’ as mayoral control fight heats up
Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan sent a letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday tying transparency to mayoral control.
in the zone
May 1, 2017
Eric Nadelstern, former Klein deputy, has a radical solution for struggling schools: Unzone the city
Eric Nadelstern, who served as deputy chancellor for the education department in the Bloomberg era, thinks of himself as part of a revolution in…
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.
3-K for All
April 24, 2017
Mayor Bill de Blasio announces plan to expand universal pre-K to 3-year-olds
The plan builds on de Blasio’s signature education initiative — a push to provide free pre-K to every 4-year-old in New York City.
April 18, 2017
Requesting public records from NYC’s education department? Be prepared to wait… 103 days
"My thought was, ‘Gee things are going to get so much better’ and the reverse has occurred."
who rules the schools
April 5, 2017
Budget deal could extend mayoral control of New York City schools for one year
Lawmakers are likely to give Mayor Bill de Blasio another one-year extension of mayoral control, a source confirmed
March 31, 2017
Suspensions continue to fall in New York City schools under de Blasio
Overall, suspensions have plummeted 30 percent in recent years.
March 23, 2017
Despite pushback, education panel votes to close five schools in de Blasio’s turnaround program
Starting next school year 78 schools will remain in the Renewal program, down from an original 94.
February 14, 2017
Little mention of education in de Blasio’s ‘State of the City’ address
"It was curiously flat in terms of education."
getting to graduation
February 10, 2017
New York City’s graduation rate continues climb, but a larger share of English learners are dropping out
It's good news for Mayor Bill de Blasio, who is seeking re-election this year.
I'm with him
February 8, 2017
UFT endorses de Blasio for re-election, saying they are headed for ‘another war’
The city’s teachers union announced Wednesday that it endorsed Mayor Bill de Blasio's bid for re-election, and vowed to battle with U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.
charter freeze melting
January 30, 2017
De Blasio: Cuomo’s budget proposal forces city to shoulder charter school cost ‘to an exorbitant degree’
Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke out against some of Cuomo's charter school provisions today, arguing the city is being asked to pay too much for charter schools.
AP for all
January 17, 2017
City’s AP exam passing rates show gains, especially for black and Hispanic students
The number of students taking at least one AP exam in 2016 rose by nearly 3,500 students citywide.
computer science for all
December 8, 2016
Report: Brooklyn schools lack laptops, strong Wi-Fi, as city expands computer science education
The findings provide a glimpse at how difficult it will be for Mayor de Blasio to achieve his ambitious goal of offering computer science in every city school by 2025.
At the halfway mark
November 22, 2016
Half full or half empty? New data shows mixed results for city’s Renewal turnaround program
Nearly half of the schools in the city’s high-profile turnaround program did not meet even half their goals last year.
November 9, 2016
Republicans appear likely to hold State Senate, paving way for (another) tough fight over mayoral control
Republicans are declaring victory in their efforts to maintain control of the New York State Senate, which could mean another testy fight over mayoral control.
draining the pool
October 13, 2016
New York City’s Absent Teacher Reserve is steadily decreasing, city says
The number stands at 1,304 this October, which is a decrease of about 150 teachers from this time last year.
September 23, 2016
Mayor Bill de Blasio announces computer science initiative fundraising is ‘ahead of schedule’
The city has raised $20 million for "Computer Science for All" initiative, a program designed to offer computer science education in every school across New York City.
hitting the wall
August 30, 2016
Career and technical education programs are in vogue. So why is it so hard to start one?
As career and technical education programs expand and morph into a dizzying array of new career fields, many are slowed down by the state’s stringent approval process.
August 19, 2016
As war over charter schools rages on, what power does the city actually have?
Mayor Bill de Blasio inflamed his relationship with charter schools last week, but some argue there is little he can practically do to hamper charter school growth.
August 18, 2016
Chancellor Fariña: Charters that emphasize testing should be an ‘option’ for parents
In an interview with Chalkbeat, the chancellor seemed reluctant to cast aspersions on charter schools’ test scores.
August 9, 2016
New York City students show up in droves to question school discipline policy
Students shared their personal stories about being disciplined in city schools and urged the city to do more to reduce suspensions for older students.
why the jump?
August 4, 2016
What caused New York City’s state test scores to jump?
There's been a lot of debate about a big increase in state test scores. Here are the competing theories about why the city and state saw a big spike in ELA scores.
August 1, 2016
City’s top education officials claim victory after big increases in English test scores
The city’s top education officials celebrated historic gains on state tests Monday.
blast from the past
June 6, 2016
Lawmakers ask for education data watchdog, though similar access was granted 7 years ago
State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan introduced a bill that would grant a new “education inspector” access to records and data from the education department
mayoral control clash
May 18, 2016
De Blasio skips Senate hearing, angering lawmakers with mayoral control on the line
The mayor decided not to attend a mayoral control hearing on Thursday, drawing criticism from the lawmakers that stand in the way of a long-term extension.
the safety dance
March 18, 2016
Spike in weapons seized in schools, pro-charter group reports
A pro-charter advocacy group is continuing to criticize de Blasio's school safety record by revealing data Friday that shows more weapons were confiscated in schools.
March 16, 2016
City education budget needs $171M more than governor proposes, report says
According to an analysis released Wednesday by the IBO, the mayor’s proposed education budget includes $171 million more than the governor’s proposal.
draining the atr pool
February 19, 2016
City data shows number in Absent Teacher Reserve remains steady
At two points this year, the city’s pool of excessed teachers was about the same size as it was last year, according to data released by the education department Friday.
November 13, 2015
De Blasio faces questions about class size, discipline, and testing at town hall
Members of the public grilled the mayor on crowded classes and school discipline during a two-hour-plus education forum Thursday night.
November 12, 2015
As de Blasio tries to tackle mental illness, students’ mental health is a priority
City Hall released a report Thursday showing that many New Yorkers struggle with their mental health, including thousands of students.
annals of transparency
June 17, 2015
De Blasio signs law requiring new school diversity reports
The School Diversity Accountability Act will require the city to account for any steps it takes to advance diversity in schools and programs citywide.
May 28, 2015
De Blasio defends parent input under city’s mayoral control structure
On a lobbying trip to Albany, Mayor de Blasio said he wanted mayoral control without any of the changes he advocated for prior to becoming mayor.
you've got mail
May 15, 2015
At a struggling school, an anonymous letter to a new principal sparks a backlash
The letter said Principal Neil Ganesh had "obliterated" trust and "bullied" staffers at Richmond Hill High School in Queens.
March 19, 2015
Amid struggling schools debate, Council members praise early changes at Boys and Girls
The City Council education committee said the city's school turnaround plan needs time to spur improvements, but one school is being lauded as an early success story.
March 10, 2015
School Renewal: A newly updated guide to the city’s turnaround program for 94 schools
The stakes are high for the city's school-turnaround program, which Chalkbeat has tracked closely. Here's what's happened so far.
who rules the schools
February 25, 2015
Ahead of vote, a tech contract raises questions of transparency, oversight
The city wants to award a big contract to a firm with a spotty history, and a lack of transparency about the deal has fueled a debate about mayoral control.
November 12, 2014
1,700 late enrollees push city pre-K enrollment over de Blasio's goal
The numbers are a victory for de Blasio, who has made expanding full-day pre-K a signature initiative of his administration. The final tally came two months after school started, but de Blasio hailed it as evidence of the program's popularity.
November 3, 2014
Under pressure, de Blasio set to outline plan to improve struggling schools
Mayor Bill de Blasio is set to unveil the city’s long-awaited plan to rescue more than 90 low-performing schools in a speech Monday.
September 29, 2014
De Blasio stays mum on plans for struggling schools
Mayor de Blasio said he'd have more specifics about how to deal with the city's worst-performing schools in "the next few weeks," echoing the timeline he offered a month earlier, when he promised a "coherent, energetic, purposeful effort to save schools."
June 11, 2014
Across elementary schools, an array of motives for adding pre-K seats
Principals and teachers from five schools preparing for pre-K next year shared the logic behind their individual decisions to apply for new seats, offering a window into the varied hopes and calculations at play at schools across the city.
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