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March 12, 2019
New York plans to offer new arts option for pathways to graduation
New York high schoolers may be able substitute one of their five Regents exams for a portfolio of art by 2022 without having to take an Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate class.
Fixing Special Education
March 11, 2019
The feds have called out New York for a decade on its special education record. That’s news to some policymakers.
For the past decade, the federal government has identified New York as a state that needs help complying with special education laws.
meanwhile in albany
March 10, 2019
New York Board of Regents to discuss students with disabilities, arts pathway to graduation
Details are scarce in the New York Board of Regents’ agenda for its March meeting, except that staff will give an overview of “New York State performance in serving students with disabilities and discuss initiatives intended to improve outcomes.”
March 8, 2019
Rise & Shine: UFT president says school discipline code is ‘broken’
IN CHARGE Mayoral control is approaching its expiration date this year, and Mayor Bill de Blasio said he’s taking concerns “very seriously” from state lawmakers, who…
March 7, 2019
In New York legislature, little apparent momentum behind bills to eliminate the SHSAT
There appears to be little momentum to ensure the passage of a bill that would get rid of the specialized high school admissions test, or SHSAT, which is the sole criteria for entry into these schools.
Who's In Charge
March 7, 2019
As mayoral control debate heats up, de Blasio takes concerns about parent input ‘very seriously’
In City Hall’s first rally to drum up support for the extension of mayoral control of city schools, Mayor Bill de Blasio acknowledged concerns from state lawmakers that parents need more of a voice in how schools are governed.
March 7, 2019
Faith, business leaders sign letters urging extension of mayoral control
The letter, dated March 4 and signed mostly by Christian and Islamic leaders across the city, urged Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, and Speaker Carl Heastie to give the mayor reins over the school system for at least another three years.
Updated March 4, 2019
With vote to approve new charters, the sector’s growth in New York City could be indefinitely on hold
With a wave of new approvals Monday, New York City has all but reached the limit on the number of charter schools that…
March 4, 2019
Rise & Shine: NYC logs its first snow day of the school year
SNOW DAY Schools are closed on Monday as officials expect a mess of snowy weather. New York Post, Pix 11 BLOOMBERG’s AMERICA School…
February 27, 2019
Homelessness crisis exacts an especially high price on New York City’s youngest students, report finds
The scourge of student homelessness in New York City, already at record levels, is increasingly falling on the smallest shoulders.
And the winner is
February 26, 2019
Jumaane Williams won the special election for NYC public advocate. Here’s where he stands on education issues.
If Williams pursues an education issue, he’ll likely focus on school funding or will push for more diverse schools and faculty.
February 26, 2019
Rise & Shine: New York becomes first state to allow educators to seek court action against potentially harmful individuals
SPARED Contrary to what officials originally believed, the education department won’t close any schools in the mayor’s Renewal turnaround program after Chancellor Richard Carranza ordered a…
February 25, 2019
New York’s DREAM Act is a reality, but challenges remain for getting undocumented students to apply for financial aid
Advocates and educators are wondering: Will schools be able to guide fearful students through yet another complex process? And how will students like Ejiogu be reassured that sharing information to get tuition help from the state won’t land them in trouble with federal immigration officials?
February 21, 2019
Rise & Shine: New report finds major diversity gaps in NYC reading lists
VOTER’S GUIDE We asked public advocate candidates about their main education priorities so that you could go to the polls prepared. Chalkbeat MISSING A new report…
Asking the candidates
February 20, 2019
2 questions for 17 candidates: The education voter’s guide to New York City’s 2019 public advocate race
We asked each candidate two questions: What do you think is the biggest education issue facing the city, and what out-of-school factors that impact classrooms would you address?
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