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Can these schools be saved?
A look at New York City's Renewal Schools program
December 5, 2018
17 struggling New York City schools improved enough to avoid extra state oversight. But they aren’t out of the woods yet
The schools showed enough evidence of progress to no longer require additional state oversight — or face the possibility of outside takeover or closure.
Follow the money
April 17, 2018
New York City’s finance watchdog demands answers on $600 million school turnaround program
The comptroller’s probe comes at a precarious moment for the program.
December 13, 2017
As New York City prepares to close more struggling ‘Renewal’ schools, here’s what we know about ones they’ve shuttered before
While all the closed schools had very low graduation rates and test scores, so do other Renewal schools that were spared.
October 18, 2017
Three years in, some signs of (slight) academic growth at struggling ‘Renewal’ schools
“The reality is it’s hard to get large increases in struggling schools.”
September 18, 2017
In year three of New York City’s massive school turnaround program, the big question is: What’s next?
“Lots of people are experiencing it as the last of the three years.”
August 26, 2017
The NY Times tried to fact-check the mayor’s claims about Renewal test scores. Researchers say its analysis fell short.
“The Times really didn’t do anything to ensure that their comparison to other schools was really comparable."
eyes on NYC
July 19, 2017
New York City’s community schools guru on the program’s massive expansion and why the schools are ‘here to stay’
Starting this September, over 100,000 students will be in New York City's community schools.
inputs and outcomes
June 30, 2017
Are we expecting too much from community schools? Former U.S. Education Secretary John King weighs in
We asked King whether community schools should produce clear academic gains or if improving access to social services is enough to justify the approach.
An education U-turn
June 21, 2017
Shut out but scraping by: Inside the struggling schools excluded from New York City’s biggest improvement efforts
Many schools are left to cobble together their own supports -- with varying degrees of success.
June 5, 2017
New York City has doubled down on its approach to high-need schools. A new study says that bet could pay off
"In the long run you’re going to get a payoff of all different kinds."
May 23, 2017
Trump’s education budget could be bad news for New York City’s ‘community schools’ expansion
"I’m not confident that the funding will continue given the federal political climate."
May 11, 2017
New York City set to expand ‘community schools’ program to include 215 schools
"This is a model that is a game-changer."
April 4, 2017
Students were allowed to enroll in some of the city’s lowest-performing schools — even after they were slated for closure
In total, 25 students were allowed to enroll across the six closing Renewal schools after January 1.
March 22, 2017
As vote on Renewal school closures nears, the city has vowed to find students better schools. Can it keep that promise?
“I think every parent should have a right to send their child to a top performing school. Not to another neighborhood school which is doing marginally better.”
Save our school
March 1, 2017
Educators and parents say the city has abandoned their Bronx Renewal school — and now wants to close it
"Instead of extra resources, we’ve struggled to get the basic resources to survive."
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