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Philissa Cramer is managing editor of Chalkbeat. She previously co-founded GothamSchools, now Chalkbeat New York, and was its bureau chief until 2014.
August 20, 2019
Rise & Shine: What you need to know about this year’s test scores, out soon
TEST PREP What you need to know about this year’s easy-to-compare, especially interesting test scores. Chalkbeat MEMBERSHIP DRIVE The union that won big raises…
August 13, 2019
Rise & Shine: Could NYC do more to prevent lead exposure in schools?
EXPOSURE ZERO Mayor Bill de Blasio promised to cut lead exposure to zero. But experts say the city schools’ lead protocol could be stronger.
By the numbers
August 8, 2019
Survey says: NYC teachers look forward to work, but many are still undecided about the chancellor’s leadership
A major change in New York City education leadership did not substantially shake the confidence of teachers, students, and parents in the city’s schools.
August 7, 2019
Report: As Michigan increases its reliance on long-term substitute teachers, Detroit is moving in the other direction
A Bridge Magazine analysis found that the number of long-term substitutes working in Michigan schools has risen tenfold in the last five years.
August 6, 2019
Rise & Shine: What the city is telling families about lead paint in schools
THE LEAD Days after revealing that hundreds of classrooms have dangerous lead paint, the city has reached out to families with a letter. Chalkbeat FOOD…
June 18, 2019
As the U.S. Supreme Court weighs citizenship census question, more than $10 million for New York City schools hangs in the balance
New York City students would be among the nation’s biggest losers if the Trump administration succeeds in adding a citizenship question to the 2020 U.S.
war of words
June 17, 2019
Dividing the city or bold intervention? Local lawmakers spar over Chancellor Richard Carranza’s leadership
In a public clash over the direction of the New York City education department, local lawmakers are weighing in publicly about Chancellor Richard Carranza
Movers and shakers
June 3, 2019
Meet Sybil Madison, Chicago’s new deputy mayor for education
Education is getting new prominence in Chicago’s City Hall, as new mayor Lori Lightfoot names a deputy mayor focused on the city’s schools.
meet and greet
May 29, 2019
Four things to know about Miguel del Valle, the man who could lead Lori Lightfoot’s school board
The first Latinx Illinois senator, a one-time mayoral candidate, and a leader in the city’s Latinx community, del Valle is well positioned to work with Lightfoot.
May 24, 2019
After educators weigh in, Newark schools set to get new textbooks that prioritize diversity
Newark Public Schools educators helped review new English and math textbooks, which will soon be rolled out in schools pending the board's approval.
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May 23, 2019
Chicago educators: Tell Chalkbeat about curriculum at your school
Who's deciding what curriculum teachers follow? What training are the teachers getting? Please take a few minutes to share your thoughts with us.
May 17, 2019
Chicago teachers to get new resources as district announces $135 million, two-year curriculum overhaul
Chicago will bring local teachers and national education companies together to create instructional materials for all subjects and all grades.
How I Teach
May 17, 2019
Meet the Brooklyn science teacher who got Elizabeth Warren to narrow her education secretary options
Liat Olenick teaches at Brooklyn Arbor Elementary School.
May 16, 2019
It’s time to start ‘hard work of rethinking’ Regents exams, New York’s top education policymaker says
Regents exams remain a requirement for New York high schoolers to graduate, but the state’s top education policy maker has opened the door for a future where that is not
May 15, 2019
As high school exit exams fall out of favor in Washington and New Jersey, New York is increasingly an outlier
New York is one of 11 states still requiring tests to graduate from high school.
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