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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.
September 8, 2017
‘I consider myself American.’ A New York City Dreamer reflects on what losing DACA would mean for him
Williams life, like those of many in the program, was thrown into turmoil by Tuesday’s announcement.
September 6, 2017
Rise & Shine: City leaders vow to support immigrant students despite DACA repeal
DEFENDING DACA Mayor Bill de Blasio and schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña were among dozens of advocates and officials who gathered Tuesday to blast the DACA…
September 1, 2017
Rise & Shine: City cuts ties with principal boot camp, marking end of an era
END OF AN ERA The city’s decision to stop using a Bloomberg-era training program for principals is part of a broader shift away from fast-tracking…
August 31, 2017
Park Slope principal cleared of communist recruiting, but still faces discipline on other violations
Bloomberg's attorney disputed the substantiated findings as "totally baseless."
August 23, 2017
Rise & Shine: New York City’s English and math state test scores inch up
TEST SCORES The percentage of New York City students passing state tests ticked up this year, with 40.6 percent passing English and 37.8 percent passing math. …
Updated August 22, 2017
New York City’s math and English test scores increased slightly. Here’s the breakdown.
Unlike last year, state officials said this year's scores show real growth in student learning.
August 21, 2017
Rise & Shine: New info on Absent Teacher Reserve fuels criticism of city’s placement plan
INSIDE THE ATR The city released long-awaited stats about members of the Absent Teacher Reserve, along with a plan to subsidize their hiring. Chalkbeat,…
August 16, 2017
Rise & Shine: Bank Street gives Brooklyn child care providers a boost
BUILDING BLOCKS A new program run by Bank Street College of Education is meeting community-based child care providers where they are — and helping them improve.
July 31, 2017
Rise & Shine: New study finds that NYC charter schools boost their district school neighbors
GETTING CLOSE A new study finds that being near a charter school — or even sharing space with one — can help New York City…
head to head
July 26, 2017
Protesters face off with member of New York City’s Absent Teacher Reserve outside the mayor’s gym
The Absent Teacher Reserve, a pool of teachers without permanent positions, is once again at the center of debate.
July 26, 2017
Rise & Shine: New York City’s Absent Teacher Reserve costs far more than previously estimated
BY THE NUMBERS A new figure from the Independent Budget Office shows the Absent Teacher Reserve cost the city $151.6 million in 2016-17. Chalkbeat…
race in the classroom
July 22, 2017
‘Do you see me?’ Success Academy theater teacher gives fourth-graders a voice on police violence
Sentell Harper created a spoken-word production for his students to perform about what it means to be black and male in America.
July 21, 2017
Rise & Shine: New York City principals balk at plan to place teachers in their schools
PRINCIPAL PUSHBACK Some principals are vowing to circumvent the city’s plan to place teachers from the Absent Teacher Reserve in their schools. Chalkbeat TOP…
July 10, 2017
Rise & Shine: Details emerge on charter network being launched by former Success lawyer
INTEGRATION PLANS A new charter network being planned by Emily Kim, Success Academy’s former top lawyer, will put diversity front and center. Chalkbeat CHARTER…
June 29, 2017
Albany deal appears close after Assembly passes two-year extension of mayoral control
The bill also includes a number of other provisions, including the reauthorization of local taxes and the renaming of the Tappan Zee Bridge for the late Gov. Mario Cuomo.
June 28, 2017
Rise & Shine: Lawmakers return to Albany for special session on mayoral control
SPECIAL SESSION Governor Cuomo called lawmakers back to Albany for a special session on mayoral control, starting Wednesday at 1 p.m. Chalkbeat, New York…
June 22, 2017
Rise & Shine: How Chancellor Fariña’s vision for teacher training is playing out in schools
TEACHER TRAINING New York City schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña has made high-quality teacher training central to her agenda. But are her own reforms standing in…
June 13, 2017
Rise & Shine: Grades 3-8 math and English tests will be cut by one day each
TAMING THE TESTS The state Board of Regents voted Monday to shorten math and English tests for grades 3-8 by one day each. Chalkbeat,…
June 5, 2017
Rise & Shine: A new study will assess community schools strategy
MEGA-STUDY The Learning Policy Institute is expected to release a study today summarizing 125 pieces of research on community schools. It will be released at an event where…
June 2, 2017
Rise & Shine: Brooklyn gifted school inches forward on integration
MAKING PROGRESS The only citywide gifted school participating in the city’s Diversity in Admissions program offered 20 seats to low-income students. Chalkbeat MISSING SEATS Of…
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June 1, 2017
How one Brooklyn teacher found the perfect job — by checking the wrong box on an application
Levy is passionate about her students at P.S. 369K in downtown Brooklyn. This year, she’s teaching fourth- and fifth-graders on the autism spectrum.
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,…
Updated 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…
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