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June 23, 2016
Shelby County Schools asks parents to register early online, but most wait
During the second year of Shelby County Schools' move to all-online registration for students, the district is asking parents to sign their kids up for classes earlier than ever.
November 18, 2015
City postpones controversial plan to rezone two Upper West Side schools
The city postponed a contentious rezoning proposal Wednesday on the Upper West Side, extending a months long saga over two deeply divided schools.
November 10, 2015
Understanding New York City’s latest round of school report cards
For the second time since the de Blasio administration scrapped the A-F letter grades once assigned to schools, the city released a set of parent-friendly school guides.
sorting the students
November 10, 2015
In one South Bronx class, students add their voices to growing school segregation debate
Students in the South Bronx believe they have something important to add to the growing school segregation debate.
By the numbers
October 19, 2015
Charter school demographics coming under fresh scrutiny
This year, charter schools’ progress toward goals for enrolling high-needs students are being scrutinized by state regulators. But it's unclear how strict they'll be.
the big picture
October 7, 2015
Will John King’s last effort to desegregate New York’s schools work?
For the first time, a grant program will allow the city to try to improve a handful of schools by convincing more affluent families to send their children there.
September 30, 2015
Education panel meeting generates emotions but not action on school diversity
At the PEP meeting Tuesday, panel members tabled a measure meant to clarify the city's stance on using race in school admissions.
the segregation situation
September 17, 2015
Is reversing school segregation possible in New York City? Expert panel weighs in
“I can’t figure out how you would do this below the high school level,” Norm Fruchter said.
the starting line
September 3, 2015
With school year approaching, enrollment centers work to meet families’ needs
Snapshots from one of the temporary registration centers filled with students and their parents looking to find a seat in a New York City school.
Making the grade
July 1, 2015
After rule changes, fewer students held back, sent to summer school
The number of students headed to summer classes has fallen to its lowest level in six years and the share of students held back a grade has declined by half.
annals of transparency
June 17, 2015
De Blasio signs law requiring new school diversity reports
The School Diversity Accountability Act will require the city to account for any steps it takes to advance diversity in schools and programs citywide.
June 9, 2015
Changes to high school guide reflect new push for community schools, family-friendly data
The newest guide continues the city's bid to make school data more family-friendly by emphasizing absolute performance, not progress or comparisons to other schools.
June 5, 2015
City to reduce number of latecomer students sent to Renewal high schools
The move offers some relief from one enrollment quandary facing the city's low-performing schools.
By the numbers
May 28, 2015
City’s struggling schools face another annual test: enrollment
The city’s efforts to turn around nearly 100 long-struggling schools are likely to run up against enrollment roadblocks, according to an IBO analysis.
April 22, 2015
IBO: Students at elite high schools come from wealthier neighborhoods
Just 11 percent of specialized high school students live in the city's poorest areas, compared to 30 percent of other students, according to the education data watchdog.
April 14, 2015
72 percent of families get top kindergarten pick as fewer schools have waitlists
Still, 10 percent of the nearly 68,000 families that applied did not get matched with any of the schools on their applications.
By the numbers
March 12, 2015
District and charter schools post similar attrition rates, as enrollment debate presses on
New research shows that low-performing students leave charter and district at similar rates. But a debate about what that means for charters is growing increasingly feisty.
By the numbers
March 5, 2015
Share of black, Hispanic students offered specialized high school seats remains low
Few black and Hispanic students won admission to eight of the city's specialized high schools this year as their admissions process faces continued scrutiny.
March 5, 2015
New report challenges de Blasio’s strategy for upping diversity in specialized HSs
Nixing the SHSAT would increase the share of white and Hispanic students admitted, reduce the share of Asian students, and in some cases reduce the share of black students.
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…
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.
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…
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…
diversity of opinion
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…
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.”
c is for changes
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.
June 20, 2014
In student video, American Studies teachers support admissions changes
Teachers and students at many of the city’s specialized high schools haven’t been shy about voicing their opinion about proposals to change the single-test…
June 9, 2014
City endorses legislative push to diversify elite high schools
Chancellor Carmen Fariña backed a bill on Monday that would require the city’s specialized high schools to use more than a single test score as their student admissions criteria, an effort grounded in the administration’s desire to increase diversity within the eight schools and reduce the emphasis on testing.
June 6, 2014
Brooklyn parent leaders look for political support on school diversity
Frustrated by statistics that show decreasing diversity in their district’s schools, a group of parents in Brooklyn are calling on the city to prioritize school diversity.
June 5, 2014
62 percent of applicants get a public-school pre-K match, but many left waiting
The city began the complicated process of assigning next year’s pre-kindergarten students to seats on Thursday, telling 19,689 families that their child had landed…
May 29, 2014
IBO: One in five high schoolers has commute of at least 45 minutes
PHOTO: IBO The average high schooler’s commute in 2011-12 was 32 minutes, according to some new number-crunching from the Independent Budget Office.
May 28, 2014
Gifted and talented offers see increase in good news (in some districts)
Sixty percent of students who eligible for one of the city's gifted and talented programs next year were offered a seat, the city said Tuesday. That's an uptick of good news from last year, when just 54 percent of the high-scoring students got offers.
May 20, 2014
Sec. Duncan amplifies King’s comments on segregation in city schools
That’s from a speech U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan made to a room full of education journalists this afternoon (including the whole Chalkbeat team) at…
brown at 60
May 14, 2014
In speech on school integration, King takes a dig at the city's enrollment rules
In a speech commemorating the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board, State Education Commissioner John King noted that district boundaries and school zones across the state and in New York City have been drawn in a way that "actually foster segregation by class."
April 24, 2014
Reductions in kindergarten waitlists spread across city, minus the Bronx
New data on kindergarten waiting lists released Wednesday show that most school districts saw some relief.
April 22, 2014
New enrollment analysis details charter school sector’s growth
New K-12 enrollment figures show more students are attending charter schools. Where New York City students go to school saw steady change under…
April 21, 2014
Fewer soon-to-be-kindergarteners waitlisted by new admissions process
The number of students on a waiting list for kindergarten is half of what it was last year, city officials announced Monday—a shift they are attributing to the city’s new application system. There are still more than 1,200 soon-to-be kindergarteners without seats in the school they are zoned for. But that's a marked decline from last year.
March 21, 2014
I navigate high school admissions for my job, and it’s still confusing
A middle school guidance counselor explains how gaps in understanding and resources diminish the power of the high school admissions process.
March 12, 2014
Stressful admissions process ends with sigh of relief for some students
Students whom Chalkbeat met early in the high school admissions process said they were happy with their placements this week. But several said they felt for their classmates who did not get in anywhere.
March 11, 2014
Few black and Hispanic students admitted to top high schools, adding to calls for admissions rules changes
Few black and Hispanic students won seats in eight of the city's specialized high schools this year, prompting Mayor Bill de Blasio to repeat a campaign trail declaration that the admissions process needs an overhaul.
March 11, 2014
The quieter charter school divide: what you need to know about 'backfill'
Before last year's budget deal made big changes to the way Mayor de Blasio could deal with charter schools in the years ahead, we explained the debate around student retention.
February 21, 2014
City touts strong participation in new kindergarten enrollment system
More than 80 percent of parents who filled out a survey after completing the city's new "Kindergarten Connect" application characterized it as "easy" or "very easy," according to the Department of Education. Overall, the city says more than 68,000 applications were submitted.
annals of choice
February 12, 2014
In Brooklyn's District 13, a task force aims to engineer socioeconomic integration
Advocates see the not-fully-gentrified District 13 as being particularly ripe for establishing socioeconomically integrated schools, which research has shown to benefit low-income students' learning. A "weighted lottery" at the popular Academy for Arts & Letters could be the next frontier for the district.
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