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December 30, 2014
State offers city $10M to improve diversity at eight low-performing schools
Updated, 4:55 p.m. — The state is offering the city up to $10 million over the next three years to increase diversity at…
December 18, 2014
IBO: City gifted programs can’t serve most eligible students
The city’s education data watchdog has confirmed what families have long experienced: Meeting the eligibility bar for city gifted programs is no guarantee of admission. In…
December 11, 2014
Debate over high school admissions test divides City Council
Last December, city officials said they were working to expand access to the SHSAT, though a test-prep program had shrunk.
December 4, 2014
Black alumni of specialized high schools: SHSAT needs scrutiny, not just defenders
A group of black alumni of the city’s specialized high schools say the alumni coalition calling to retain the current admissions system doesn’t fully speak…
December 1, 2014
As Council mulls diversity bills, elite high school alumni groups defend admissions policies
The New York City Council’s next education meeting is 10 days away, but one agenda item has already touched off a formal repudiation. Alumni groups from…
November 25, 2014
How de Blasio is perpetuating Bloomberg’s myth of the failing school
Education professor David Bloomfield: In his renewal plan for struggling schools, Mayor de Blasio has mistakenly fallen for a myth usually promoted by his conservative adversaries: that failure is the fault of individual schools, not the school system.
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October 22, 2014
Council increases pressure on city to address school segregation
City lawmakers introduced a slate of legislation Wednesday meant to prod the administration to boost diversity in the city school system. But it’s unclear whether city officials are interested in wading into the jumble of zones, district rules, and citywide policies that together determine which students attend what schools.
September 12, 2014
For some students, starting school is a complicated process
The first day of school has come and gone, but not everyone is enrolled in a school yet. Here are a few family stories.
July 22, 2014
Adult students with poor literacy getting short shrift, teachers say
A recent bulletin from the Office of Adult and Continuing Education urged principals to refer low-level students to free classes at the library. The department says referrals benefit students, but longtime adult educators are worried that the department is shortchanging the city's neediest adult learners.
July 11, 2014
City plans Bank Street teacher training ahead of fall pre-K push
As Mayor Bill de Blasio readies the city for a prekindergarten expansion this fall, thousands of teachers will go through training at Bank Street College…
July 9, 2014
Comptroller's report takes aim at city's past efforts to decrease overcrowding
A new audit by Comptroller Scott Stringer’s office takes aim at Bloomberg-era efforts to minimize school overcrowding, and urges the city to keep better records of its new push to reduce the number of jam-packed buildings.
July 3, 2014
Summer school enrollment falls sharply after city reduces role of state tests
The steep decline comes less than three months after officials announced they were changing grade promotion standards put in place by the Bloomberg administration during a decade-long push to ban “social promotion.”
Politics & Policy
July 1, 2014
NYC charter schools join national coalition aimed at de-segregating sector
Charter schools are seeking to change the narrative that they’re part of the problem when it comes to segregation in public schools. Two New York City charter…
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June 30, 2014
Latest high school directory drops letter grades, signaling changes to come
As parents peruse the latest official listing of the city’s high schools, they will find new statistics about the share of students at each school who feel satisfied or who are on track to graduate. But unlike past years, they won’t find one much-debated metric: a school’s A-to-F letter grade.
June 27, 2014
With police report requirement unclear, safety transfers hard to come by
Of the many concerns raised by last week’s fatal stabbing outside I.S. 117 in the Bronx, one traces back to the day before the crime itself, when neighbors say the father of suspect Noel Estevez requested a safety transfer for his son. This request puts a spotlight on a process that advocates say places too high a bar for families seeking to keep their children safe.
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