Good morning and happy Monday, everyone!
A working paper from the RAND Corporation, which examined the city's Renewal school turnaround program and which the education department has kept under wraps, was finally made public Friday evening, Alex reported. He described the paper's findings in depth and explained what they say (and don't) about the $773 million program that was once a signature initiative of Mayor Bill de Blasio and is now being wound down.
Christina also revealed for the first time on Friday the estimated $438 million price tag to bring pay parity to the city’s community-based pre-k teachers, who often work longer hours and receive less pay than their counterparts in public schools. The amount is likely to become a starting point for negotiations for thousands of pre-k teachers who are threatening to strike.
And Reema has a preview of the Board of Regents meeting on Monday and Tuesday in Albany, where members will be discussing spending plans for schools across the state in the wake of last month's budget deal.
The New York bureau also extends its congratulations to our Chalkbeat colleagues whose stories were honored Friday as finalists for a 2018 Education Writers Association Award: Chalkbeat Chicago’s Adeshina Emmanuel for “Feature Writing,” Chalkbeat Detroit’s Erin Einhorn for “Beat Reporting,” and Chalkbeat Newark’s Patrick Wall for “Public Service” (for a joint project with Annie Waldman, Lena Groeger, Ryann Grochowski Jones, and David Eads of ProPublica and Erica L. Green of The New York Times).
Chalkbeat is also proud to have moved up this year, in the EWA’s eyes, from a small news organization to a medium-sized one — an exciting sign of just how fast and well Chalkbeat is growing! But don’t just read our reporting — all the finalists’ work is worth your time and can be found here.
— Sara Mosle, New York bureau chief